The Best of Milan – Sunset on the rooftop of the Duomo

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The Gothic Cathedral of Milan, famously known as the Duomo, is a glorious marble structure with slender pinnacles rising everywhere. Above all, it is the golden Madonnina, that stands high above over Milan which gives this iconic Cathedral its glorious and majestic beauty.

The Best of Milan – Sunset on the rooftop of the Duomo

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Milan is the One Place where you shop till you drop, take a journey through Roman ruins, meet architecture of centuries gone-by sitting next to modern skyscrapers,  experience amazing mouth-watering dishes which only the Italians have the “know-how” and enjoy a cocktail or two from terraces across the spectacularly amazing Duomo – yet the Best experience for me was walking through what seemed like a forest of towers and spires and watching the sunset from the rooftop of the Duomo, a sight to behold which should not be missed. Come with me and enjoy this splendid experience.

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1 | The rooftop of the Duomo – a sight to behold

If you have very little time in Milan, the one experience that I would highly recommend is to catch the sunset from the terraces of the Duomo. I was totally lost in the moment and overcome with a sense of calmness when I exited the lift and saw the views over Milan.

The views from the top are amazing and you can see the mountains in the distance on a clear day. Below, is the Piazza del Duomo and literally the whole of Milan under your feet! This magnificent Duomo is a true wonder! We spent over an hour at the rooftop, just taking in the sights, far, near and below.

Views of the Piazza del Duomo
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Play the video below to get the feel of the atmosphere.

2 | Walking through a forest of spires and statues on the rooftop of the Duomo

We walked through a forest of one-hundred and thirty-five towers and spires, and over two-thousand decorative marble statues. The close-up of the spires was an impressive sight and will have you in awe in more times than once.

Another spectacular view of the forest of spires and statues on the rooftop of the Duomo
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Another spectacular view of the forest of spires and statues on the rooftop of the Duomo
Spires and statues on the rooftop of the Duomo
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Spires and statues on the rooftop of the Duomo

We explored the rooftop via interconnecting stairways. walked the perimeter of the Cathedral, all four sides and further up to the highest possible point to have the closest view possible of Modonnina, the symbol of Milan. We stopped every few minutes to take in the view, and along with other tourists were in total awe, total strangers talking to each other and sharing this one love of wonderment. There were moments of silence too, for such moments need not be outwardly expressed. Each moment was remarkable as we witnessed the changing colours of the clear blue skies to yellow, gold and orange hues.

3 | The changing hues of the sunset over Milan from the Duomo

No words needed here…have a look at these pictures (and the video below it) – the changing colours over the City of Milan

4 | The velvety night sky

The rich hues of the sunset gave way to the velvety dark of night as the sun sank lower draining the light of day away. You can see the star-like lights in the distance and the bright-lights from the square. The evening landscape that surrounds the Duomo was unique as it represents the old and new combined, somehow perfectly complementing each other and not being out of place. The evening drew a slight breeze, giving a chill in the autumn evening which added to the magical moments of this sunset over Milan from the rooftop of the Duomo.

5 | Madonnina at the Duomo – Symbol of Milan

To get the closest view possible of the Madonnina, walk all around the perimeter of the roof and around a corner, there is a stairway that leads further up to the highest possible point. The stairs leads you to the highest rooftop and it is from here, where you will have the closest view possible of Modonnina – the picture below.

Madonnina-Symbol of Milan
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Madonnina-Symbol of Milan

MyTimelessFootsteps suggests: The rooftop is at a gradient and can be slippery. Please use appropriate footwear.

6 | My conclusion on the rooftop of the Duomo

The rooftop offers spectacular views over Milan. You will be totally amaze walking through the what seems like never ending paths through a forest of spires and statues of all and every kind that makes the Duomo unique. Like I mentioned earlier, if there be one thing you do in Milan, and you want it to be the Best in Milan, make it the Sunset on the rooftop of the Duomo.

I know what is “Best” to individuals may differ and you may not be a fan of cathedrals or rooftops, but for those who are on the same page as I, give the rooftop of the Duomo a go at sunset and return here to share your experiences or tag me on Instagram when you post your pictures. You can find me as https://instagram.com/my_timeless_footsteps/

I was fortunate to experience this on a sunny day because the day before and day after rained cats and dogs! Plan well and choose your day. Purchase your tickets before visiting.

7 | Travel tips & Practical information when visiting the Duomo di Milano

7.1 | How to get to the rooftops of the Duomo

Access to the rooftop is around the back of the Duomo. You need a ticket.

There are two ways to get to the rooftop – by staircase or an elevator. If you do the Fast-track or the Skip-the-line option, you can take the lift. I highly recommend that you opt for this option because it saves you a lot of time. Moreover, this ticket is valid for 3-days and an audio-guide is included.

Have a look at the various choices you have and get your tickets here or here

You will find that there is a queue, regardless of whether you are on the Skip-the-line track or the not. When I visited last week, there was only one line and I purchased the Fast-track / Skip-the-Line ticket. It wasn’t a very long queue.

Though I did not expect to wait the fifteen-minutes or so as I had literally walked into the Duomo without a queue and I expected the same with the rooftop access. It was understandable under the circumstances as there is only one operable lift, that takes about six people at a time.

MyTimelessFootsteps says: The price difference between taking the stairs and the lift is not much. You can check the difference here. If you are into fitness, then take the stairs. However, if you are limited in time, take the lift and enjoy the views without being tired.

Give yourself at least 1 to 1.5 hours to really enjoy the rooftop experience

7.2 | Opening hours

The Cathedral and the Rooftop is open Everyday.

Cathedral – 8 am to 7 pm | Rooftop – 9 am to 7pm | Last entry is at 6pm

For further details on their daily activities and prayer times, please check their official website here.

For Accessibility information, click here.

7.3 | Getting to Milan Cathedral / Duomo di Milano

From Milan Central Station:

To get to the Cathedral, you will need the Piazza del Duomo. The distance between Milan’s Central Station and Piazza del Duomo is 2 miles / 3.2 km. There are Three ways to get to Milan Cathedral from Central Station. I took a taxi and it was 10 Euros. Have a look at the following and you can decide what suits you.

If you are looking for the quickest way to get from Milan’s Central Station to Piazza del Duomo is to take a taxi. It takes 7 to 10 minutes depending on traffic. It costs around 10 Euros.

If you are considering the cheapest way to get from Milan’s Central Station to Piazza del Duomo, then it is the line 3 subway which costs 3 Euros and takes 15 min. It is located right in the Piazza del Duomo.

You can take a direct bus departing from Central Station m2 m3 and arrives at via larga. It is about 7 to 9 minutes walk to Piazza del Duomo, The bus services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 13 min. Costs 3 Euros.

Planning your trip

If you are planning a trip to Milan, take a look at the following services to enhance your travel experiences. I use them when planning my own travels and I am sure you will find them useful too.

Find the Best Flight Deals on offer with Skyscanner – the best price comparison site for flights. You can access it here – Skyscanner

Find the perfect hotel room in booking.com with flexible dates and last-minute cancellations. There are 5669 hotels and accommodations in Milan and I am certain you will find one to suit your needs – you can access booking.com here

Find great day tours on Get Your Guide for a seamless and hassle free, skip the line experiences – do a search and have a look at Get Your Guide here

You may also be interested in reading about my experiences in other parts of Europe – Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva and London (opens in a new tab)">London.

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2 Responses

  1. Georgina
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    You are absolutely must include them in your bucketlist. 🙂

  2. daisy051958
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    Beautiful pictures. Must visit these places.

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