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The Last Supper Fresco Tour

Some of Florence's most exceptional examples of this famous scene
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.3 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  The Last Supper scene was a truly Florentine tradition, found all over the city's monasteries from the 1300s to the late 1500s.

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Tips:  The best day to do this itinerary is a Saturday morning, when every site is open.

Keep in mind that many of these sights are free or... more »

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Points of Interest

Domenico Ghirlandaio painted three beautiful Last Supper frescoes in Florence, one in the Badia di Passignano (about a 40-minute drive south of Florence) from 1476 and the other in the refectory of San Marco, which is almost identical to the Ognissanti Last Supper.

Painted in 1480, Ghirlandaio's Ognissanti Last Supper includes many beautifully... More

The museum of Santa Maria Novella is largely overlooked by the majority of visitors. Its entrance is separate from the rest of the church, and is tucked away to the right of the church's facade in the corner of Piazza Santa Maria Novella. A visit to this part of the church complex is a must for any fresco lover. Aside from the frescoes of Paolo... More

The Last Supper by the celebrated Umbrian painter Pietro Perugino was painted in the early 1490s for the refectory of the Fuligno convent, used by a group of Fransiscan monks from Umbria.

Like many churches in Florence, the interior was whitewashed in the 18th century, and this beautiful Perugino fresco was uncovered and rediscovered only in the... More

In 1482, Domenico Ghirlandaio painted a Last Supper (almost identical to the Ognissanti Last Supper) for the refectory of the Dominican monks of San Marco.

One of the main differences between his two Last Suppers (this is a bit like a spot the difference game!) is the presence of a cat in the San Marco Last Supper. The cat was a symbol of... More

Painted around 1447 by the Renaissance master Andrea del Castagno for the convent of Sant'Apollonia (originally a medieval Benedictine convent), this expressive Last Supper sits together with images of the Crucifixion, the Deposition and the Resurrection.

The refectory, like other religious institutions in Florence, was whitewashed in the mid... More

This is the oldest of all the Florentine Last Supper frescoes. Painted by Taddeo Gaddi in 1340, it is the first Last Supper scene where you see Judas depicted on the opposite side of the table, a symbol of his betrayal and a way to spot him immediately in the group of apostles. This tradition of showing Judas this way is broken only by da Vinci in... More

7. San Michele a San Salvi Church

If you really like these frescos, you can also add in the Andrea del Sarto Last Supper at San Salvi, a hidden jewel of a church on the outskirts of Florence, about a 15-minute walk west from Santa Croce church.
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Piazza di San Salvi, 10
50135 Firenze, Italy
39-055-678351
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Admission Free
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Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 8:15am-1:50pm