A walk on the rooftop of the Duomo, or Cathedral of Milan is a must for all visitors to the city. Though there is a charge for this activity, you can save money during your visit to the Italian city with the Milanocard, and the stunning views of the city make visiting this attraction well worthwhile. Especially if visiting Milan during the peak summer season, booking a visit to Milan Duomo and its rooftop in advance is highly recommended. www.travelrows.com
What to Expect on a Visit to Milan Duomo Rooftop
Visitors to Duomo Milan Rooftop can take the lift up to the famous rooftop terraces, or use the stairs that are to be found on the south side of the cathedral. Without a doubt you will be astounded by the breathtaking views of the city that you will get between the famous ‘guglie’ spires. On a clear day, you may even see the snow-capped peaks of the Alps.
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In addition to admiring the far-reaching city views, with the Sforza Castle Milano and many other fascinating historic sites across Milan, you can also admire the amazing Gothic architecture of the cathedral itself. In addition to getting the opportunity to see the many intricate spires, visiting the rooftop also allows you to see the golden Madonnina Virgin, a symbol of the city. There are also many other gargoyles and interesting carvings – the cathedral boasts over 3,400 such sculptures in its decorations.
If you have time to visit only a few attractions during your time in Milan then the stunning cathedral and its rooftop should definitely be at the top of your list. This impressive structure took almost 600 years to complete – work began on the site of a former cathedral or basilica in 1386. After various periods of work on the structure over the following centuries, it was finally finished only in the 20th Century, when the last gate was inaugurated in 1965. This is the third largest cathedral in Europe and the fourth largest in the world.
In addition to ascending to the rooftop, visitors should also be sure to spend some time exploring the artistry and detail of the cathedral’s fascinating interior, which has elements from many different periods and styles.
Highlights include several statues, including the gruesome Saint Bartholomew Flayed (1592). This work of Marco d’Agrate shows the saint’s flayed skin draped around his shoulders. There are also a number of interesting sarcophagi, and three magnificent altars which are the work of Pellegrino Pellegrini, and a range of other ornate and fascinating artworks. Another interesting thing here is the small red light bulb in the dome above the apse which reputedly marks the spot where one of the nails from the Crucifixion of Christ was placed.
The more time you spend on the cathedral rooftop and within, the more detail you will notice. While the Duomo’s art and architectural style definitely divide opinion, this is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting buildings in Milan. Contact us for help with organizing tours to Milan, Italy.