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Cathedral of Milan (Duomo)

The largest church in Italy towers above the city center, where a gold-coated statue of the Madonna watches over Milan.

The Cathedral of Milan is a breathtaking example of late Gothic architecture and is one of the largest churches in the world. It took almost six centuries to build. Today it covers almost 40,000 square feet (12,000 square meters) of the city center. It is the most recognizable building in Milan.

The church remains active and is the seat of the archbishop of Milan. Regular services are held inside the Duomo, as it is known to locals. There are a number of additional opportunities to see its features as well. Admire the church’s many spires from outside in the Piazza del Duomo or climb to its rooftop for views across the city.

The Cathedral of Milan occupies the historical center of Milan and the streets of the city radiate outward from the piazza where it stands. Approach the cathedral by foot to see its 135 spires looming over the city. The church is also adorned with many gargoyles and statues. See the famous metal statue of the Madonna high overhead. The Madonnina sits 354 feet (108 meters) above street level and is coated in gold leaf, making it radiant in the sun.

Despite its enormity, the interior of the Cathedral of Milan has an unusual intimacy. Beautiful stained-glass windows depict scenes from the Bible and reflect an eerie light across the church floor. Descend the marble staircase from the main cathedral to discover the Treasury of the Cathedral where you’ll find early Christian and Romanesque artifacts.

Ascend to the cathedral roof to gaze across the city rooftops. On a cloudless day the Alps are visible on the horizon. Climb the staircase that leads all the way to the top or take the elevator.

The Cathedral of Milan is open daily. An admission fee applies for the Treasure of the Cathedral and the rooftop. The cathedral is served by a metro station at the front but can be reached on foot from many downtown hotels.


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NH Collection Milano President NT$4,642
NH Collection Milano President

NH Collection Milano President

Largo Augusto, 10, Milan, MI
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from MUDEC - Museo delle Culture. San Babila Station is 6 minutes by foot and Duomo Station is 10 minutes.

    ApArt Hotel Lupetta 5 NT$1,362
    ApArt Hotel Lupetta 5

    ApArt Hotel Lupetta 5

    Via Lupetta 5, Milan, MI
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Milan Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral of Milan. Museo Diocesano and Temple of Victory are also within 15 minutes. Missori Station is only a 2-minute walk and Duomo Station is 5 minutes.

      Rosa Grand Milano - Starhotels Collezione NT$5,102
      Rosa Grand Milano - Starhotels Collezione

      Rosa Grand Milano - Starhotels Collezione

      P.za Fontana 3, Milan, MI
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Milan Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Cathedral of Milan and Teatro alla Scala are also within 10 minutes. Duomo Station is 6 minutes by foot and San Babila Station is 7 minutes.

        Park Hyatt Milano
        Park Hyatt Milano

        Park Hyatt Milano

        Via Tommaso Grossi 1, Milan, MI
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Milan Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, and Cathedral of Milan. Teatro alla Scala and Palazzo Reale are also within 10 minutes. Duomo Station and Cordusio Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Heart Milan Apartments - Duomo NT$2,747
          Heart Milan Apartments - Duomo

          Heart Milan Apartments - Duomo

          Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 20, Milan, Lombardia
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Milan Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Via Torino, Piazza del Duomo, and Palazzo Reale. Cathedral of Milan and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are also within 10 minutes. Missori Station and Duomo Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            43 Station Hotel NT$1,781
            43 Station Hotel

            43 Station Hotel

            Via Fabio Filzi 43, Milan
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central Station, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pirelli Tower, Corso Como, and Piazzale Loreto. Corso Buenos Aires and Piazza della Repubblica are also within 1 mi (2 km). Sondrio Station is only a 4-minute walk and Caiazzo Station is 9 minutes.

              INTOMILAN Aparthotel Galleria Duomo NT$3,214
              INTOMILAN Aparthotel Galleria Duomo

              INTOMILAN Aparthotel Galleria Duomo

              Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 22, Milan, Città Metropolitana di Milano
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Milan Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Via Montenapoleone Fashion District, Cathedral of Milan, and Piazza del Duomo. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Teatro alla Scala are also within 10 minutes. San Babila Station is only a 4-minute walk and Duomo Station is 7 minutes.

                Montenapoleone Suites
                Montenapoleone Suites

                Montenapoleone Suites

                Via Santa Cecilia, 4, Milan, MI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Milan Centre, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza San Babila, Teatro alla Scala, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Reale are also within 15 minutes. San Babila Station is only a 3-minute walk and Palestro Station is 8 minutes.