Palazzo delle Stelline is near the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, one of the best-known monuments in Milan. In addition, Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper is close at hand. Elements worth noting at Palazzo delle Stelline include the stone staircases, and above all the fine cloister that creates an atmosphere of tranquillity, almost of defence against the outside world. A few historical notes help appreciate this monument to the full. This building is named after an ancient convent for the Benedictine nuns of Santa Maria della Stella (“Stelline,” little stars). The convent building was refurbished progressively over the centuries, and it became an orphanage for girls in the mid-18th cent.