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Duomo di Milano, Milan

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Religious Site Church
The fifth-largest cathedral in the world, Duomo di Milano is a marvel of Gothic architecture. Climb up to the roof and enjoy arguably the most spectacular views of the city, visible between the cathedral's Gothic spires. Constructed between 1386 and 1965, this massive church is known for its white marble, hundreds of spires, thousands of statues on its exterior, and a buttressed facade. You can take photos inside the cathedral if you buy a special wristband at the entrance. You can reach the roof, which is open during daylight hours, via elevator or 250 stairs. Make advance reservations if you'd like a guided sunset tour of the spires. Put Duomo di Milano into our Milan holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Milan.
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  • This is one of a remarkable piece of art that we have seen so far. Since this is in the city center there are always big crowd of people. We have spent an hour to look around and take some pictures. W...  more »
  • this building is some building to look at with some awesome architecture from all sides. plenty of great places surrounding to take this in  more »
  • This is my third tour of the Duomo and Last Supper and my second with City Wonders in Milan. Conrad (Currado) was the best guide I have had by far. He was full of information I had not yet learned on ...  more »
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  • If you can, get the skip the line pass online. We bought our pass online before visiting and hence did not have to wait in the hour long queue. The Duomo was beautiful inside. I took the audio your but you could skip it. Reading up on the wikipedia link should suffice if you just want to know the basics. I also most definitely recommend the visit to the top of the Duomo. The view of the square from up there is definitely worth while.
  • No cathedral has impressed me like this one! All the architecture combines in an unique way to create a imposing construction. The view from the top is amazing. You can see clearly all the significant attractions around it and the skyscrapers in the background. The inside is breathtaking! We got inside during the christian service and got to be amazed both aural and visually. They were reading the bible, then singing by voice and organ, all while we admired the imposing interior. Totally loved the experience! It worthed more than 13€ (for the terrace and the inside).
  • **buy tickets in advance!** Longest line I have ever stood in. To get to the cathedral I had to wait in outer line to the ticket booth. Inner line to the ticket booth. Outer line to the cathedral. Security line. Only then got to the final line to the entrance. All in all got to the cathedral after 2 hours of waiting in line 😵 Inside the cathedral is as beautiful and impressive as the outside. We visited during Sunday's mass and had to enter and leave by 13:30.
  • A once in a lifetime experience. A magical place... Each visit is like the first time... Mind-blowing! The white Cathedral stands tall and majestic in the middle, glowing day and night.
  • The church itself is very beautiful, it sure is worth the visit. Then why 3 stars? That is purely because of the process to get inside. We had to wait 1,5 hours to get in. Firstly, there was a 1 hour queue to get a ticket. We had to draw a number to get to the counter to buy a ticket. However, it would take 167 numbers before our number would get called! So we opted to wait for the ticket machines. When we finally had our tickets we had to wait in the burning sun for another 30 minutes to get in the church. When all that was done I simply had little energy left to enjoy the interior. So be wise, and plan your visit better than I did. Get there super early.

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For a quintessential Milanese experience, stay in the bustling heart of the old town. This area offers easy foot access to most of Milan's main sites, as well as some of the city's finest restaurants, shops, and theaters. The central area is also quite crowded, and comfortable rooms in good hotels can be very expensive. Visitors traveling on a budget can choose from a range of top-notch B&Bs and family-operated hostels, which offer private parking and access to private outdoor space, minutes from Milan's main attractions.
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