Your visit should “kick-off” from the Duomo, the cathedral of Milan, the symbol of the city, the greatest Gothic building in Italy and the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world. The beautiful white marble front facade reveals itself as soon as you get out from the subway leaving you breathless and astonished for its stunning beauty. The Duomo Square is literally at the center of Milan, with streets either radiating from it or circling it, a few steps away from the other main attractions you should not miss. Undoubtedly the ideal place to “feed” your curiosity around town and to get your first “six-legged” picture. Don’t forget to share your best doggy snaps on our Facebook page or Tweet us.
The cathedral of Milan holds over six centuries. Its construction began in 1386 but the complete works took more than five centuries and necessitated resolving many vicissitudes, determining the very evident mixture of styles that are the characteristic of this unique monument. Numerous outstanding personalities, architects, sculptors, artists and thousands of specialized workers became involved in the Fabbrica del Duomo (the construction of the cathedral) which, it can easily be said, has never stopped operating. Even today, in fact, work still continues on this extraordinary piece that is the symbol and heart of the city. For further info about the interesting history of the Duomo, anecdotes and curiosities we suggest you to visit the official web page or consult the numerous sources available by the web. This “doggy bible” does not pretend to substitute “traditional guides” but on the contrary it intends to give you those “6-legged travelling info” which other sources do not.
And now the bad news are coming …This immense heritage, the famed golden Madonnina, hundreds of statues, a myriad of half-bust sculptures, spectacular stained-glass and ornate decorations in its frames and windows, the crypt, the treasures, the rooftop are not accessible to our 4-legged friends. What to do then …? A special V.I.D. service (very important dog) has been created to successfully overcome these situations. Just CLICK HERE and book your personal dog sitter. Choose the pick up and drop off location, the time you prefer, tell us any special needs. You will be able to plunge into culture while your furry friend will have great time at the park with his new 2-legged friend. Isn’t it PAWesome ???
Address: Piazza Duomo – map
Cathedral: open every day 7.00am to 7.00pm.
Rooftop: From mid November to mid February 09.00am to 04.45pm. From mid February to 31 of March 09.00am to 09.45pm. From April to 15 of November 09.00am to 09.45pm (in this period from 05.45pm the access to the rooftop is only by lift).
Baptistery: Every day 09.30am to 05.30pm.
Treasure: Monday-Friday 09.00am to 01.00pm and 02.00pm to 06.00pm. Saturday 09.30am to 01.30pm and 02.00pm to 05.00pm. Sunday and holiday 01.30pm to 04.00pm.
Free admission for the Cathedral. Admission fee applies only for the Duomo rooftop, the baptisteries and the Treasure of Duomo.
Phone: (+39) 02 72023375
For those who will never leave their best friends alone here is a valid alternative. Get to the 7th floor of Rinascente department store (opposite to Duomo), reward yourself with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine while admiring the Cathedral from a different angle … DOGether with your faithful furry friend.
Explore the Cathedral in its “evening dress”, when the rays of the setting summer sun rest on the Candoglia marble, bringing out the veining of this precious stone and bathing it in shades of pink and light orange. From May 9 to September 13, 2014 the Cathedral Terraces will remain open in the evening, accessible to the public from 9 am to 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. For a comprehensive, multi sensory experience, “Tramonti sulle Guglie” (Sunsets on the Spires), guided tours organized every Friday and Saturday in the Summer with English and Italian speaking guides, following a special evening itinerary. Cost (including the guided tour and lift) Adult € 15.00; Over 65 € 11.00; Child 6-12 years old € 6.00. Booking is compulsory as long as places are available (25 people), up to the Thursday preceding the visit, at: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Info line: Tel. 02.72022656. Once you have made your booking and received confirmation of a place from the appropriate office, purchase your ticket from:
– Central ticket office (Piazza Duomo – right side of the facade) Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm.
– Stairs ticket office (C.so Vittorio Emanuele) open every day from 9 am to 9 pm (last ticket for Tramonti sulle Guglie at 6 pm or 7 pm). After you have purchased your ticket from the Ticket office, go to Via Arcivescovado 1 to meet the guide 15 minutes before the time of the visit. For all information: www.duomomilano.it
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