Milan’s most famous landmark is the Duomo, or cathedral, which sits in the center of the city, looking over its citizens like a protective parent. The second largest church in Italy (St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is the biggest), it’s usually number one of visitors’ checklist when coming to Milan, and with good reason. But what do you need to know?

Facts about The Duomo

milan-cathedral-duomoThe Duomo took six centuries to complete. Indeed, it wasn’t until 1965 that the final details of the cathedral were finished. The result is an awe-inspiring structure which blends a number of different architectural styles, though the Gothic style is the most prominent. Some argue that the cathedral remains a work in progress, and restoration projects lend the feeling that it is – and will remain – unfinished, something that paradoxically adds to its character and charm.

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It’s said that the Milan Duomo has more statues than any other building in the world. 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 figures decorate the Duomo, making it one of the most unique buildings in the world to wander around slowly, taking in its finer details, as well as the grandness of the building itself.

Some Useful Tips for Travelers

duomo-milanIf you’re going to the cathedral, be aware that it’s an extremely popular tourist site, and you may have to wait some time to get to the rooftop. Tickets start at €2.50, but will cost more if you are going to the roof, which really is a must.

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duomo-milan-roofThe views are spectacular from roof top of the Duomo, and on good days you can even see the Swiss Alps. Moreover, the blend of styles from different eras mentioned above is evident on the roof, and it would be unwise to miss the opportunity. Allow an hour or two to visit the museum, as there is a lot to see and appreciate.

duomoThe Duomo metro station is right in front of the station, though there are several exits. Be careful around the cathedral with your belongings as tourists can be a target for pick-pockets. This is rare, but it’s something to bear in mind. Also, many street vendors will be seen walking around selling bracelets, toys and other trinkets. They are usually low quality and the sellers can seem intimidating, but they are harmless, if a little pushy.

The Surrounding of the Duomo Cathedral

Where should I go from the cathedral?
duomo-milan-shoppingAfter visiting the cathedral, there is no shortage of options of things to do and see in the city. Bars and restaurants in the nearby arcade tend to be a bit pricey due to the number of tourists. Instead, a good option is to stroll towards Sforza Castle. This 15th century castle is unique in that it was built to keep the peasant population out, rather than to protect them.The museums are very interesting and the castle grounds are a beautiful place to get a coffee, ice cream, beer or a bite to eat.

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the-duomo-florenceNote: There are two The Duomo Cathedrals in Italy, One in Milan as we describe above and the other is in Florence(in above image). You may visit the second as well, both worth the visit and time spent studying the beauty in detail.altare-duomoThe Interior of the Duomo is just awesome.

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