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Duomo di Milano

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Duomo di Milano
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The Masterpiece of the Italian Gothic Architecture

Piazza del Duomo, 20121, Milan, Italy
One of the most celebrated dishes in Milan is definitely the “panzerotto”. It is a fried pastry with various fillings (definitely try the tomato and mozzarella one) and the best place to try it is located within a short walk from the Duomo. It is called “Luini – Forno dal 1888” and it is one of the oldest bakeries in Milan. Be prepared – on weekdays, the lines are very long but it is definitely worth the wait.
The Duomo Terraces are a definite must when visiting the Cathedral. They offer one of the most spectacular views of Milan’s skyline. Two options are available for tourists who wish to reach the terraces and those are on foot and by elevator. Of course, the fee is a little bit higher if you choose the elevator and you might have to wait a while as it holds a maximum of 8 people. If you are not afraid of climbing a few stairs just make sure you wear comfortable shoes - the staircase is particularly narrow.
Cathedral and Museum - € 2.00
Terraces by elevator - € 13.00
Terraces on foot - € 8.00

Located in the most central location in the city, Duomo di Milano is a triumph of Gothic architecture and arts. Its construction was commissioned in 1385 but it wasn’t completed up until 1965.  Those six centuries of construction included numerous architects and artists, all of which altered the initial design of the cathedral, only to become what we see in present days. Though each of the architects, contributed something from their own style, the Gothic style of architecture remained predominant.


The front façade of the Duomo is facing the incredible Piazza del Duomo, where the focus is put on five bronze doorways, depicting scenes of the history of Milan and the lives of Saint Ambrose (patron of the city) and the Virgin Mary. The highlight of the exterior is definitely put on the 135 spires that rise above the Duomo – a forest of marble spires and statues.


Completely different from the exterior (bright and inspiring), the Duomo interior is rather dark but magnificent in its own way. Three beautiful altars and numerous stained glass windows adorn the apse of the cathedral. A highlight in the interior of the Duomo is the vast collection of artworks and statues and mainly the statue of the Saint Bartholomew Flayed, unusual but highly valued.


A truly inspiring site, emitting its own kind of energy, Duomo di Milano is a definite must for every person who visits the city. Taking a walk through the forest of spires on the terraces and gazing at the beautiful view of Milan, is an experience that should not be missed – both during the day and in the evening because there is nothing like Milan’s evening lights.

Opening hours

7:00 - 18:40 - Cathedral
9:00 - 18:30 - Terraces

How to get there

Underground Station: Duomo (MM1 Red Line and MM3 Yellow Line)