- Start with the Duomo: scan your smartphone ticket at the entrance and get your audio guide at the desk inside the cathedral
- Rooftops: Go to the northern lift and scan your ticket at the turnstile
- Duomo Museum & Church of San Gottardo (closed Wednesdays): scan your ticket directly at the entrance
- Cathedral & Archeological Area: take the group entrance and scan your ticket
- Your ticket is valid for 72 hours from your booked timeslot
- You can enter each attraction only once, reentering is not possible
- Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
- Changes are not possible for this ticket
- Explore Italy's largest church and it's rooftop, and learn about the 600-year-old history of the Duomo di Milano from your audio guide
- Tread upon marble that has lain for over 600 years and behold a building that took just about that long to finish
- Enjoy the sunlight as it refracts through centuries‐old stained glass windows and bounces off gilded ornaments
Though the Duomo (as they say in Italian) was built to give glory to God, it stands as a staggering example of human endeavor. It is also known as Milan Cathedral, and this structure of imposing grandeur took more than five centuries to complete – and drained the purses of many past rulers. Millions visit the Duomo each year, it’s a Milanese must-do.
At 108-meters high, 160-meters long, and 92-meters wide, it easily holds 40,000 people. Every inch of it drops with gothic gravitas. Revel in 600-year-old art and adornments, sarcophagi of luminaries from centuries gone by, and countless Renaissance statues. It even has Italy’s largest organ, which has 15,350 pipes.
The building sits on the site of a much more ancient church which ruins still lie underground in the baptistry. Construction of the Duomo di Milano began in 1386, and for more than 500 years, many rulers and rich men attempted to finish this monumental structure. Napoleon arrived in 1805 and even the Little Emperor failed to get it over the line (he also failed to pay for any of the work he ordered done. Classic Napoleon).
Gaze upon treasures of the Renaissance in the nearby Duomo Museum (the ticket gets you in here too). Here, you can learn about the cathedral's 600-year-long history. There’s one curiosity in particular that you might want to check out: the modellone. This is an architectural model of the Duomo itself, one-twentieth its size – that alone took 300 years to complete!
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