Make the most of your sightseeing tour of Milan by visiting and climbing the Duomo di Milano!
Located in the heart of Milan, Duomo di Milano is the largest church in Italy, second largest cathedral in Europe and fourth largest cathedral in the world, being able to house up to 40,000 people at once. That’s a pretty impressive building!
Construction of this magnificent church began all the way back in 1386, in the peak of gothic cathedral architecture. It took SIX centuries to complete and even Leonardo da Vinci lent a hand!
They say Duomo Milan is decorated with more statues than any other building in the world; 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 figures.
Climb or take the lift to the rooftop terraza, where you can embrace the ultimate breath-taking views across the city, as well as the famous Madonnina, the gold-coloured statue of Mary that stands on the cathedral’s highest spire.
Climbing Duomo di Milano
Climbing the Duomo di Milano, also known as the Milan Cathedral, was certainly a highlight of my visit to Italy! The views truly take your breath away and the details in the architecture up close are awe-inspiring.
Duomo Milan Tickets are just €18.50 and it takes a good 20 minutes to climb to the top – even in a mask! This was on a Saturday, but due to Rona, thankfully, there were limited people around. It may take longer when the city starts getting busier again. It’s worth getting a little sweaty and a little out of breath to fully appreciate the magnificent work up close carried out by architectures and artists from around Europe.
If you want to visit the Duomo Milan with a passionate expert tour guide, who can bring every stone to life with stories and in depth details, book a Milan Tour!
Above all, lit up at night, Duomo Milan is sensational. Purely based on a friend’s Instragram picture, we decided to eat at the Aperol Spritz bar, just west of the cathedral on the second floor, for dinner with a view – and it didn’t disappoint! Unfortunately, the meal DID disappoint slightly, however tourists probably go for the views not the plain tomato and mozzarella pasta. Try the chicken burger – my friend said it was lush!
Below, you can see the surrounding buildings illuminated too, which is an absolutely spectacular sight. I would definitely recommend visiting Duomo di Milano both in the day time and again at nighttime.
If you like the sound of Duomo di Milano, check out what else you can do in Milan in my Top 3 places to visit in Milan post!