A Visit to the Rooftop in Milan

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by airynfaerie on October 31, 2011

Although I'd been to Milan a couple times before my last trip, I'd never really explored the Cathedral - nor gone to its magnificent rooftop. So this past time, I made it my first stop.

For only €6 one can walk to the top of this amazing gothic building (or for €10 you can ride the elevator up if you're legs are too tired from walking around the city). Either way you get there - you'll be glad you did. It's quite breath-taking the view you'll get over the city. But even more impressive than the view is the actual architecture and design up close and personal.

Enter through the left side of the Duomo (if you're looking at the front doors). Definitely take a stop inside the church as well before or after the rooftop visit. The self-guided walking tour of the roof begins on the back side where you emerge on a lower level of the roof overlooking the Galleria and nearby department store, La Renaciente. It may take you a few minutes to even get your feet moving as most people are frozen in awe of the crazy details of the spires.

Follow the walking path along the fully-stoned building, linger at the view, and take plenty of photos. By the time you reach the front of the cathedral there's a small stairway up to the tip-top level. Here is where the sides of the roof slope meet and you can have room to spread out, take a seat, and linger as long as you'd like.

Normally, there is some sort of reconstruction, repair, or renovation going on which is quite interesting to see. Plus be sure to read some of the informational plaques.

We visited right before sunset and were able to take some amazing photos in that great evening light. Definitely a highlight of a visit to the city of Milan! A MUST-SEE in my book.

Milan Cathedral (Duomo)
Piazza Del Duomo
Milan, Lombardy


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