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Do you want to visit the Milan's Cathedral? So! Let’s go! A trip to Milan will never be complete without a visit to the Duomo, the unquestionable symbol of the city. Today we will learn everything about this amazing and famous monument!

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Let’s visit the Duomo of Milan

Milan is a splendid city, world famous for its fashion and nightlife, the Milanese capital, however, also has a series of artistic and natural beauty that attract millions of tourists from all over the world every year. A trip to Milan will never be complete without a visit to its amazing Duomo, the unquestionable symbol of the city. Today we will visit the Milan Cathedral! The famous Duomo of Milan. Stay with us and make the best of the boot shaped country! Let’s go to our post: Let’s visit the Duomo of MIlan? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

1) Let’s visit the Duomo of Milan – THE LOCATION

The Milan Cathedral is located in the homonymous square, next to the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery and is, besides the main attraction, the symbol of the city; with its original Gothic charm and gigantic structural dimensions, it’s really impressive! It is easy to reach the Cathedral with the subway (Duomo Station). Read here How to use the subway in Milan?

2) Let’s visit the Duomo of Milan – THE HISTORY

The Duomo of Milan is imposing, beautiful, rich in history, details, curiosities, and religious visitors, all day long – everyday! The Duomo is considered the third Catholic Church in the world, after St. Peter’s in the Vatican Cathedral, and Seville. It was built in 1386 according to the so-called international Gothic style and it is finished off with a famous details: the Madonnina (a gold statue of the Virgin Mary on the top of the building); its construction, which lasted more than 400 years, made it one of the most fascinating architectures in Europe. Read also: What are the top ten places to visit in Milan?

The Cathedral of Milan started being built in 1386 and had many architects. Due to its long term construction, it has several styles that are shown in its aesthetics. It is the result of precise secular work, so it does not have a recognizable ‘historical’ style, but the result of a continuous reinterpretation of the Gothic style with a gigantic and spectacular structure.

3) Let’s visit the Duomo of Milan – ATTRACTIONS OF THE CATHEDRAL

The interior has an architectural plan in the shape of a Latin cross, a deep choir and a polygonal arch; the style, as already mentioned, is in the prevalence of the late Gothic, despite the many classical elements that refer to the period of the Counter-Reformation, when the presbytery, the main altar, the pulpit and some side altars took shape. The crypt houses the Chapel of St. Carlo Borromeo, designed by Francesco Maria Ricchino in 1606, with the crystal rock coffin that contains the saint’s body. Read also: Where to eat in Milan?

The Pillars, Floors and frescoes

The fifty-two pillars that divide the five corridors hold the vaults painted by Alberti and Alessandro Sanquirico. The floor, originally designed by Pellegrini, is a mixture of light and dark marbles with deep drawing. Inside the cathedral there are frescos like the ‘Virgin of Help’, the statue of Pope Martin V, a 15th century work of Jacopino da Tradate, and the wonderful Trivulzio candelabrum, composed of two parts, a stem, through a tangle of vines, vegetables, fantastic animals, and a thin stem with seven branches. On both sides of this magnificent church there are many stained glass windows: tall and charming.

The Last Judgment Scene

In some of these stained-glass windows a single scene is told and, with all of them together, a story, while other scenes are composed of six or nine stained-glass windows giving a more impressive effect to the image. The most beautiful scene is the Last Judgment scene. A walk around the cathedral allows appreciating the infinite number of sculptures, gargoyles, pinnacles and arches. Looking above the ‘forest’ of towers, stands the lantern tower, with the golden symbol of the Madonnina of Milan, and so loved by the Milanese.

Terraces and the Famous Madonnina

From the terraces, which are accessed by elevators or stairs, you can see the whole city of Milan and the famous Madonnina. The Madonnina was once the highest point of the cathedral, until it was surpassed by the Pirelli skyscraper, which still leads, but with respect, the symbol of the city and has, in its upper part, a copy of the statue of the Saint.


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Let’s visit the Duomo of Milan-  Useful Information

Now let’s see some useful information for you to visit the Cathedral of Milan, the famous Duomo di Milano.

Tickets

To enter the Duomo of Milan (official website of Duomo) you can use the stairs, which have 201 steps; or the elevator, paying a little bit more than the price of the ticket using the stairs. For the stairs, the ticket price is 9 Euros, if you prefer the elevator, you will pay 13 Euros. You can get the tickets until 6 p.m., and the scenery is lovely! Don’t waste time buying your tickets: buy the cut the line ticket clicking here! Visit the website below without purchase obligation.

Opening hours

You can visit the Duomo of Milan every day, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.. If you want, you can buy another ticket to visit the Cathedral Museum, the Chapel of St. Charles, the terraces and the archaeological area. Buying the ticket with everything included, the price is around 15 Euros, and you can see the terraces, the Cathedral, the Museum, the Church of St. Gotthard and the archaeological area.

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Hotels I advise in the Malpensa and Linate areas

Let’s start with the Malpensa and Linate areas, the city’s airport regions. Linate and Malpensa are close to the two main airports in Milan. Ideal for short stays and business trips or, and, if you have a car.

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Accommodation that I advise in the Duomo Region

One of the most charming regions is the Duomo area, cathedral and symbol of the city; this region is also perfect for those who love traditional cafes, trendy bars or for those who are always looking for the latest and follow the trends. The Duomo Square region is equipped with two metro lines, which make this region even more practical for those staying in the city.

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Hotels I suggest in the Historic Center Area

Another region to consider is the Historic Center of Milan, a tangle of charming streets. The so-called “fashion quadrilaterale”, the ideal place to shop in Milan, with its famous streets: Montenapoleone, Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia (and the Saint Spirit, Gesù and Borgospesso). Within this zone we can also consider the Zona Brera which is another wonderful area to stay

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Hotels that I suggest in the Region of Brera

The Brera neighborhood is famous for its high fashion boutiques, exclusive art galleries and trendy bars – it is north of Piazza Duomo. The characteristic streets are inviting for a stroll without a destination. The main attraction is the Pinacoteca di Brera, where priceless works of art are exhibited – among them, the masterpieces of Raffaello and Mantegna. It is in the southeastern region of Brera that the “fashion quadrilaterale” is located. The region is frequented by VIPs and socialites who spend horrors in the boutiques of brands like Armani, Valentino and Versace, on the outskirts of the elegant “Montenapo” (as the Milanese affectionately call Montenapoleone Street)

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Hotels that I suggest in the Navigli area

Also, the charming Navigli district is a very energetic region, which in recent years has developed a lot. The “bomb” region of bars, breweries, restaurants, bakeries and pizzerias and is home to one of the most acclaimed antique fairs in Northern Italy. The bustling nightlife, typical art galleries and characteristic streets make this region a great choice for those who want to stay in Milan and for those who love to enjoy the nightlife.

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Hotels I advise in the Central Station Region

Another region with a high concentration of hotels is the Central Station, especially if you come by train. In this region there are several receptive structures and the best: for all budgets. Best region for those who want to do round trips from Milan.

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Conclusion

Let’s visit the Duomo of Milan! Every cathedral is a symbol of the history of the city: the fruit of the sacrifice and commitment of many, it remains for a long time and is the most representative construction of the city. This applies especially to the Duomo of Milan, which gives a different look to the city, and seems to relive the last years, when the city was full of ladies and gentlemen, horse-drawn carriages and aristocracy. An amazing charm and a special atmosphere.

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