Things to do in Duomo of Milan
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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“Excellent tour of Milan, the Cathedral , The Last Supper and the Opera House! The guide described everything in detail and spoke non-stop during the tour! Highly recommended!”
“The guide did not come. Nobody called me. I was waiting for 30 minutes. Please return my money back.”