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Piazza del Duomo, Milan

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Historic Walking Area Landmark
Piazza del Duomo represents not only the geographic center of the city, but also its artistic, cultural, and social hub. This vibrant public space is named after and dominated by the city's main cathedral, one of the largest Gothic structures in Europe. As one of the city's main tourist attractions, this busy piazza was created in the 14th century and gradually developed, along with the iconic cathedral, over the next 600 years. The piazza's overall plan, in its current form, dates back to the 19th century and is largely the work of architect Gieuseppe Mengoni. The monumental buildings encircling the piazza, with the exception of the cathedral and a palace that once served as the seat of the city's civil government, were introduced by Mengoni's design. The piazza is also home to one of the world's oldest shopping malls, housed inside an imposing four-story structure that is a popular meeting and dining place. With our online itinerary creator, Milan attractions like Piazza del Duomo can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The Cathedral isfabolous and. Magnificent, Aldo il you ha e no time you Can stop in the underground Yellowstone line, DUOMO STOP, AND GOBOUT FOR FEW MINUTES TO SEE AND SAY HOOOOOW, IF UO CAN GO INSIDE...  more »
  • This of course is must see when in Milan 20 minute walk from our hotel even thought restoration work was in progress the scale and history is jaw dropping what a memory.  more »
  • It's a superb Cathedral and you cannot miss the visit upstairs. great great view. I would recommend this to all the people visiting Milan.  more »
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  • The cathedral is so big that it takes up my whole view. Yet it appears to be light-weight as though it is fragile. It is amazing because the appearance has to be wrong. The entire building is colored white. The area also has other historical buildings including a library, playhouse and similar public buildings. The area is a plaza and doesn't have streets for cars but some motor vehicles are parked in the area. The building across from the cathedral is the old shopping mall that was made in the style of the Cathedral. It has a glass roof. Many of the shops are related to fashion clothing. There is a bookstore with fashion and design books.
  • Remarkable, beautiful place. Incredible history. Stunning architecture. I will remember the Cathedral, tower, Baptistery and Camp Santo forever. Though one cannot enter these buildings after 7 PM or so, the Piazza del Duomo is open to pedestrians until 1 AM.
  • Very beautiful inside and out. The main attraction and center of Milan as well as my highlight during my stay in the city. You have to purchase a ticket now to enter the cathedral and they will check bags. Drinks are allowed; the guards will ask you to dip some before sending you on your way
  • ci sono pochi posti dove si respira un'aria ancora così integra dell'italia del rinascimento, uno di questi è sicuramente PIsa. da visitare assolutamente! There are few places where you breathe an air still so integral to the Italian Renaissance, one of these is definitely PIsa. To visit absolutely!
  • The cathedral is so large that I have never been as impressed by a building. The Piazza is surrounded by other sites to see. I need a guide book to find them and understand what they represent. It's all so large that it's difficult to comprehend when I was there.