27 Jan-25 Feb. First ever opportunity to visit.
For the first time, Milan’s Ca’ Granda will open its historical archive and underground cemetery to the public, starting on 27 January. Once the city’s hospital, built in the late 15th century on the orders of Duke Francesco Sforza, it is now the home of Milan University.
Led by guides, visitors can see the two huge rooms housing the archive, decorated with frescos by Il Volpino. It was here that the hospital administrators met to reach decisions affecting the population of Milan.
Patients who died in the hospital were not permitted burial in parish cemeteries, so they were interred in the underground sepolcreto or cemetery. Here, where Leonardo studied anatomy, are the skeletons of over 150,000 people. Plotters from the revolutionary Carbonari movement met here in secret in the early 19th century.
Tours will start every Tuesday to Friday from 17.00 to 22.00, Saturday and Sunday from 15.00 to 22.00, and last about one hour. The tours are not suitable for people suffering reduced mobility. Entrance costs €12 for individual visitors or €10 for members of an organised group; under-14s enter free. Places may be booked on the event website.