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Six-hundred years in the making, this gloriously extravagant cathedral is the proud symbol of Milan. Decorated with hundred of spires and more than 30...

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Milan’s cathedral, the so-called Duomo di Milano, is a stunning landmark in the center of the city that cannot be missed when you find yours...

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Built over the centuries in Lombard Gothic style, the Duomo of Milan is the symbol of the city. From its terraces, you may enjoy a privilege...

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Don’t miss the Duomo of Milano with its impressive marble façade, fascinating interior and panoramic rooftop terrace. Discover the cathedral...

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Immerse yourself in the architecture and history of Milan with a private guide. Explore Milan’s most impressive cathedral and discover beaut...

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The tour begins at one of the most famous works of art in the world, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper. While it can be difficult to get ticke...

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Enjoy a fully organized day in Milan to see the best the city has to offer with the help of an expert local guide. You'll explore the most d...

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Have an unforgettable experience walking inside the Duomo Cathedral, an iconic building in Milan, the true symbol of the city! Discover why ...

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Have a memorable experience walking inside the Duomo cathedral, one of the most iconic buildings among Milan's attractions, and admire the c...

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The Duomo is one of the most important symbols of Milan. It is the third largest Catholic Cathedral in the world and is found in the very ce...

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Enjoy a skip-the-line entrance to the Duomo rooftop and marvel at the impressive view of the city skyline, then take advantage of a special ...

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Explore the fashion capital of Italy onboard a red open-top double-decker bus and learn the history of buildings, monuments and the many hig...

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Visit the historical monuments of Milan while remaining comfortably seated! Get on a rickshaw and enjoy Milan from a truly unique point of v...

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Good to know

It took so long to complete (nearly six centuries) that ‘Longh cumè la fabrica del Domm' (literally ‘as long as the construction of the Duomo') in Milanese became a term for describing an impossible task.
It divided critics. Those against it complained about the mix of different styles and craftsmanship, which were a product of its long construction.
It has more statues than any other building in the world, with around 3400 detailed sculptures (both in the interior and exterior) depicting saints, prophets and martyrs.
Queues can take up to an hour, given the crowds and security measures. Save yourself the hassle and buy tickets in advance, especially in summer.
The famous golden Madonnina, considered the city's protector, had to be covered in WWII to avoid attracting the attention of Allied bombers.
If you're buying tickets on-site, the smaller office behind the Duomo has fewer people.
Its characteristic white marble came from the quarries of Candoglia, and a new canal system was built for the sole purpose of transporting it here.
The rooftop terrace is unmissable for the architectural details and stunning views. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Alps.
One of the creepiest statues is inside the cathedral, it portrays St Bartholomew with his skin thrown over his shoulders like a jacket.
Dress appropriately. This is a cathedral after all, which means chest, legs down to the knees, and shoulders should be covered.
It's said the Statue of Liberty was inspired by a statue here that looks strikingly similar. Look for the crowned lady on the balcony above the main entrance.
The best time to view the cathedral is at sunset, when it glows with a soft pinkish hue.
Don't make the mistake of waiting in the wrong queue, the rooftop is accessed from the side of the cathedral.

The inside story

Six-hundred years in the making, this gloriously extravagant cathedral is the proud symbol of Milan. Decorated with hundred of spires and more than 3000 statues, ranging from ghoulish gargoyles to saintly figures, it’s crowning glory is the gleaming golden Madonnina. Protector of Milan, she was also the city’s highest point until the Pirelli Towers stole the title in 1961.

Not without reason did it become the Milanese catchphrase for a never-ending task ‘longh cumè la fabrica del domm’ (as long as the work on the Duomo). Begun in 1386 under Giangaleazzo Visconti and finished only in 1965, the cathedral was stalled by war, lack of funds and the sheer enormity of the project, which required purpose-built canals to bring in its main material, the Candoglia marble. Meanwhile its long construction also led to a striking mix of architectural styles, which has been both applauded and criticized in equal parts.

Tickets will take you into the magnificent interior, where you can enjoy unusual treasures such as the rock-crystal casket of Borromeo and the statue of skinless Bartholomew. The rooftop terraces can also be accessed for views over the city and a chance to admire those spectacular spires up close. Note that because of security, queues can be long so it’s best to get there early. Also, book your tickets beforehand or you’ll have to queue at the ticket office.

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Duomo of Milan Piazza del Duomo, 18 Milan
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