Duomo di Milano

Price guide: Mid-range

Piazza del Duomo, Milan, 20121

Price guide: Mid-range

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Best for First-time visitors - Expert review of Duomo di Milano

Aspire to greater heights amidst dreaming spires.

It looks as if it was spun out of icing sugar. It’s the fourth largest Catholic church in the world (after Rome, Seville and a new upstart in the Côte d’Ivoire). It has 3,500 statues and 135 spires. Best of all, it has a lift which takes you up to the roof so you can walk amongst them. Milan's duomo (cathedral) is, without doubt, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world, a soaring hymn of praise in white marble conceived by the Visconti family in 1386 and only completed 500 years later, when the great bronze doors were hung in 1966. Travellers and writers from Shelley and Tennyson to Mark Twain have been enraptured by the building that is large enough to hold 40,000, and yet still be graceful and delicate. Look up high for the small gold statue of La Madonnina (the little Madonna), the protector of the city.

Inside, in the north transept, is an altogether more gruesome statue of the flayed St Bartholomew, holding his skin. The crucifix supposedly contains a nail from Christ’s crucifix. In the crypt are remnants of the original 4th-century Christian church, the first to stand on the spot, said to be where St Ambrose christened St Augustine.

Price advice: 

Duomo: free admission; roof: admission four euros by stairs, six euros with elevator; crypt: admission 1.50 euros; baptistery: admission 1.50 euros.

Expert tips: 
The entry for the lift to the roof is outside and round the side.

More information on Duomo di Milano:

Price guide:
Architectural site, Historic site, Religious site
Piazza del Duomo, Milan, 20121
02 8646 3456
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Duomo: daily 6.50am-7pm; roof: daily 7am-7pm; crypt: daily 9am-noon and 2.30-6pm; baptistery: Tue-Sun 10am-noon and 3-5pm; museum: Tue-Sun 9.30am-12.30pm and 3-6pm.

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