Milan Duomo Tickets

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Opening hours

Milan Duomo Cathedral open every day 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Duomo Terraces open every day 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Duomo Museum open daily 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Closed Wednesdays.

The last admission for the Cathedral and Terraces is 6:10 pm, for the Museum 5:10 pm

How to get there

Piazza del Duomo, 20122 Milano MI, Italy

Take the underground (Metro line M1 or M3) directly to the Duomo station from Porta Garibaldi and Milano Centrale train stations, to where you can get direct buses from all of Milan's airports. Alternatively, the Duomo is easily walkable from other Milan attractions, such as Sforzesco Castle and Parco Sempione (15 minutes), the Natural History Museum (20 minutes) and Porta Nuova (25 minutes). Duomo is a hub for local bus and tram routes.

FAQ

Can I climb to the top of the Duomo?
Yes! This is an undoubted highlight, because the view from among the Duomo's many Gothic spires and sculptures is as impressive as the building itself. Climb about 5 minutes up 250 stairs to get there, or there's the option of taking a lift if you are mobility impaired. In adverse weather conditions, parts of the roof and outdoor terraces may be closed off. Just check online or with the local staff to know where you can and can't go.
Is there anything to see inside the Milan Duomo?
As impressive as its iconic marble exterior is, the Duomo reserves its most beautiful elements for the interior. Inside you can gawk at some of the very biggest and most vibrant stained-glass windows of any church in the world, as well as the biggest church organ in Italy. The Duomo Museum (opposite the cathedral but included with the same ticket) houses fabulous artworks, the cathedral's glittering treasury, as well as fascinating walk-in architectural models detailing the 700-year construction of the cathedral.
Is there a dress code for visiting the Duomo?
Milan's Duomo is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan and is a very active and important place of worship for local people. Restrictions to visitors are very few, if any. It's forbidden to take sharp metallic objects and weapons into the cathedral and while there is no strict dress code for men or women visiting the cathedral, visitors should dress respectfully, especially during service times, as entrance can be denied by staff.
How long should I spend at the Duomo?
If you have a deep interest and passion in the history of Christianity and religious art, then this is probably the next place after the Vatican that you could happily spend an infinite amount of time. Even if you are not religious but appreciate art, architecture and anthropology, the Duomo deserves at least two hours of your time. If your only intention is to take in the view from the roof of the cathedral, set aside at least an hour in your itinerary.

Must-know

A lot of history
First planned in 1386, when canals had to be dug to transport the pristine white marble demanded for its design, the Duomo's construction crept on slowly for years and then centuries until it took on its now-familiar face (135 neo-Gothic spires and over 3,000 statues). It was completed in the mid-19th century, though finishing touches were being added as late as the 1960s. Given its scale and significance as the biggest church in Italy, the Duomo has been a central figure in Milan throughout often turbulent times in Italian history.
A living icon
While construction of the Duomo went slowly on, Milan was ruled by the Visconti family, the French king Francois I, Hapsburg Spain, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Kingdom of Sardinia, Benito Mussolini, the Kingdom of Italy and Nazi Germany before the establishment of the Italian Republic. Somehow surviving frequently violent power changes as well as the horrific Great Plague of Milan in 1629-31 which wiped out half the city's population, and sustained Allied bombardment during WWII, the Duomo is an enduring symbol of ambition, endurance, pride and determination for the citizens of Milan.
Artistic intrigue
The drawn-out nature of the Duomo's construction meant it went through many styles of design. The bright floral floor tiles may recall a Persian mosque before an Italian church, while the naval columns hint of neoclassicism before Medieval modesty. In addition to the vault of historical artworks and artefacts, the artistic nature of Duomo continues to change, with a video installation and a 2014 marble sculpture by Tony Cragg some of the latest additions to a unique classical-contemporary art collection that has always changed with the times.

Places nearby

Splurge in Italy's oldest shopping mall
An ornate 4-storey double arcade built in the middle of Milan in the 1870s, this is the oldest shopping mall in Italy and perhaps the most beautiful shopping mall in the world. You can find any and every major brand you could think of, as well as smaller shops, though even just for a walk through to peek at the architecture it's worth a visit in itself.
Splurge in Italy's oldest shopping mall
Splurge in Italy's oldest shopping mall. Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com
Sforzesco Castle
A gigantic Renaissance fortress backing onto the spacious grounds of Parco Sempione, Sforzesco Castle is another one of Milan's historical icons, only a short walk through the city centre from the Duomo. Inside is a museum featuring artworks from Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and many of Italy's most famous Renaissance artists.
Sforzesco Castle
Sforzesco Castle. Viacheslav Lopatin / Shutterstock.com
Teatro alla Scala Opera House
This is where the very best opera companies in Italy - the country that gave the world the art of the opera - perform. However, even if there isn't a performance, the building and its museum and music library are well worth a visit and are located just a 5-minute walk from the cathedral.
Teatro alla Scala Opera House
Teatro alla Scala Opera House