For the first time in the history of the "The Da Vinci Last Supper", the masterpiece by Leonardo preserved at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie of Milan, a significant extension in the opening hours has been planned, which will allow to host about 30% more visitors.
The initiative, made public by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (Mibact), will last the entire Expo semestre, up to the 31st Octover 2015. For the Mibact, this is a unique moment in the life of the Last Supper, which extends its own opening hours with 70 new groups extra entrances per week, which will allow to host about 54,600 more visitors during the 26 weeks of the Universal Exhibition. The project comes at a key moment for the support of Italian cultural and artistic heritage: in occasion of Expo Milano 2015 about 20 million visitors will arrive in Milan, mainly foreigners who, among the other things, will take advantage of their stay to visit the Vinci Supper, one of the most precious local treasures.
In brief, there will be an extraordinary opening Monday afternoon from 4:30 pm to 10 pm with 22 new groups and the evening opening from Thursday to Sunday will extend from 7 pm to 10 pm with 48 new groups. Moreover, there will be dedicated entry slots for needy people. In total, there will be 2,100 extra visitors per week.