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"The Duomo and the rooftop" Duomo - Cathedral Tip by csordila

Duomo - Cathedral, Milan: 195 reviews and 444 photos

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Everyone, who visits the city, should visit the Duomo, which was started to build in 1386 yet but only in the 19th century (!) won its definitive form. The last bronze door was placed in 1960(!).

This cathedral is remarkable in many ways: for its sheer size (12,000 square metres), for its intricacy, with decoration in even the most hidden parts of the roof structures, a total of 135 marble spires and 2,245 marble statues; and for the extremely long time span of its construction.
The Milanese have created a phrase "la fabbrica del Duomo" for anything taking eternity to get done.

Really cosy also inside, fifty-two columns support the interior and some beautiful coloured glass windows adorn the apse, the heights of the ceiling disappears into a humid dimness and organ music sounds meanwhile. It is the only trouble that the tourists' noise is too loud. Despite that I have been sitting there for a long time, listening to the quiet Bach music.

Visitors have the possibility of taking an elevator upward on the roof, or they can go up on stair, which means the climbing of 201 steps. If you have a fear of heights, then climbing is not for you, but if you are able, it is recommended taking the stairs. It is somehow so satisfying, to climb all the way to the top through windy narrow passageways, in order to finally be rewarded with such a magnificent view! On clear days you can enjoy the panorama of the city into the far distance.

The rooftop offers also a closer look at the ornate spires, the four-metre, gold-leaf covered statue of Mary standing on the tallest spire; you can easily spend a few hours here looking at every little detail. I have to confess, all the churches, including the unbelievable Basilica di San Marco in Venice, I visited after the Duomo, can not really compete against its splendour.

Opening hours: 9.00am to 4.45pm in winter (last entrance 4.20pm),
9.00pm to 5.45pm in summer (last entrance 5.20pm)
Entrance fee: Lift €7, stairs €4, at the Ticket Point in the opposite building.

Address: Piazza Duomo
Phone: +39 02 86463456

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 18, 2009
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