- Piazza Duomo with Milan’s Cathedral and
equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II
The majestic building in white marble extends over 157 m length. With its five ships the cathedral is overwhelming. The light falls through beautifully decorated stained glass windows in the interior.
The Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente, is the most important example of Gothic architecture in Italy.
In 1386 started the works of the cathedral under the reign of Gian Galeazzo Visconti. During the construction period of five centuries, numerous architects worked at the Duomo.
The Marble Facade of Milan's Cathedral
In 1567, work began on the facade in classical baroque style. During the long construction period, a variety of styles and shapes have been incorporated into the construction. In 1805 the work on the façade was completed. The construction of the towers on the roof continued until the 19th Century.
Roof terraces of the Milan Cathedral
- View from cathedral roof over Milan to the Alps
The cathedral roof, constructed from Candoglia marble from Lago Maggiore, too, presented a unique innovation in the construction of cathedrals.
On 8000 m² roof surface you can admire the 135 soaring spiers of the cathedral.
A particular pleasure is to walk on the roof of the cathedral. On the north side a staircase and an elevator run to the roof terrace on the roof
Then you are surrounded by over 4000 marble figures Guglie, the peakes of figures and ornaments, of which each is a unique piece.
Admire the magnificent view over the rooftops of the city of Milan:
- The cross in steel and glass, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
- the Rinascente department store right next to the Cathedral
- the new skyline of Milan, in the area of Garibaldi
- the outstanding football stadium San Siro
- the first skyscraper in Milan, Torre Velasca behind the Royal Palace Palazzo Reale.
On a clear day you can see the entire northern Alps, starting with the Monte Rosa massif in the west, through the Swiss Alps, the foothills above Como and Bergamo to the Bernina top.
To the south the view extends to about 300 km distant Monte Viso on the French border in the southwest and the chain of the Apennines from Genoa.
Madonnina and cathedral spiers
A total of 3,400 statues perched on the tops of the cathedral. The highest point of the dome occupies the Madonnina, the 4.16m large golden statue at 108.50 m Height shines afar in the sun.
- Piazza Duomo with Milan Cathedral and equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II
photo show Duomo Milan
Visits of Milan Cathedral
- Coffee shop on Cathedral Square
Milan Cathedral is a sacred place in which it people pray and confess, and where regular holy Masses are celebrated. In the cathedral is to preserve silence and cell phones are off.
Entry is only allowed in appropriate clothing. Tourists in shorts and strapless shirts will be denied admission.
In case of religious ceremonies or special events may cause the closure of the cathedral.
Opening times and ticket prices
Milan Cathedral is open daily from 7.00 am - 7.00 pm
Admission is free for individual visitors and worshipers.
The central nave of the cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
- The five ships of the Milan cathedral
can accommodate up to 40,000 visitors
Entry for Groups with Guide
Price per person: 5,00 €
Students and groups of pilgrims € 2.00 p.P.
Baptistery and Archaeological excavations
Open daily from 9.30am - 5:30pm
Entry: 4 €
Open weekdays 9:00am to 1:00pm and 2:0pm to 6:00pm,
Saturday 9:30am - 1:30pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm,
Sundays and Holidays 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Entry: 2 €
Ascent to the Roof Terraces of the Duomo
- Cathedral facade in white marble
Opening hours and Ticket prices
The ascent to the cathedral roof is available in every season. The ascent is by foot or by lift.
- November to January: 9:00am - 4:45pm
- February-March: 9:00 am - 5:45 pm
- April to October: 09:00 am - 9:45 pm
- Admission (rate 2013):
- walk: 7,00 € p.P.
- in the elevator: 12,00 € p.P.
- Groups over 15 persons on foot: 3,50 € p.P.
Discounts with MilanoCard
10% discount with the MilanoCard
For the elevator to the cathedral roof, the Baptistery, the Cathedral Treasure as well as concerts in the cathedral you will receive a 10% discount on presentation of MilanoCard when purchasing the tickets.
With the previously acquired tickets to avoid queues.