Visit the Duomo independently or take a guided tour to learn more about the magnificent stained-glass windows, rooftop terraces, and underground crypt which houses the 16th-century tomb of St. Charles Borromeo. Time-pressed travelers can also combine a tour of the Duomo with the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade, La Scala Opera House, or a viewing of da Vinci’s The Last Supper. For more insight, don’t miss the adjacent Duomo Museum, which charts the buildings long and illustrious history.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Skip the line with a priority-access ticket to the Duomo if you've got limited time in the region.
Travelers with kids can book a family-friendly tour to keep the little ones engaged.
Bring a camera to capture the panoramic views of the city you’ll get from the rooftop terrace.
Most tours of the Duomo range from one to three hours.
The Duomo is mostly wheelchair accessible and loaner chairs are available on-site.
How to Get There
The Duomo is located in the historic center of the city, on pedestrianized Piazza del Duomo. Since it can't be directly accessed by car, it's best to reach the cathedral on foot or by public transport; the closest metro station is right in front of the cathedral. You can also book a private tour with included transportation. If you’re visiting Rome, Venice, or Verona but want to see the cathedral of Milan, note that high-speed train tickets are a very effective means of travel.
When to Get There
The largest church in Italy stays consistently busy throughout the day, but skip-the-line entry allows visitors to jump the queues no matter what the time. Evening tours are available for visitors who would prefer to spend their rooftop visit peering over an illuminated and awe-inspiring skyline.
While the Duomo is easily one of Milan's most impressive examples of Gothic architecture, there are further examples across the city for design and history buffs to admire. Check out one of the first Gothic buildings in Italy, the Chiaravelle Abbey, or visit the Palazzo Borromeo, just a 10-minute walk from Milan Cathedral.
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