Milan Cathedral

The Milan Cathedral: The most beautiful Duomo surrounded by fashion shops

  • The Milan Cathedral is the most famous cathedral in the city of Milan, and one of the most famous in Europe and the world. Popularly known as the Duomo di Milano, its full name is Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica of the Nativity of Saint Mary, in Italian, Basilica Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Nascente, it is a white cathedral in Gothic style, a beautiful sight that you’re not likely to forget. It took 5 centuries to build such an impressive building, the construction of which started in 1386 and was finished pretty recently, in 1965.
    This Roman Catholic cathedral is one of the biggest in the world, the 5th in the world and the first in Italy. It is 157 metres long and can host more than 40.000 devotees. The interior is as beautiful as it is outside, and, of course, there you will be able to see many artworks and monuments. It is the most visited tourist attraction in Milan.
  • The Milan Cathedral is located in the main and most central square of the city of Milan, the Piazza del Duomo, which constitutes the main social, commercial and cultural centre of the city. During your stay in the apartments near the Milan Cathedral, your neighbours will be mostly tourists like yourself, since most of them tend to concentrate around the piazza del Duomo, neuralgic centre and the best place from where to plan the rest of your trip. But those won’t be your only neighbours: Milan is considered to be the business centre of Italy: In the 20th century, the population of this city increased dramatically, and its urban and administrative area is constantly extending. Nowadays, Milan has a population of more than 1,3 million people, but its metropolitan area is estimated to be between 7 and 10 million people. Milan and the surroundings of the Milan Cathedral are also increasingly cosmopolite: 20% of the population of the city is foreigner, and that percentage has been growing during the last few years.
  • Milan is the fashion capital of Italy and one of the most fashionable cities in the world. Many celebrities go to Milan just to go shopping, and while you probably want to enjoy other more cultural landmarks such as the Milan Cathedral, that shouldn’t prevent you to go shopping as well! Right next to the Milan Cathedral you will find the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where you will find dozens of wonderful shops. However, don’t expect a regular shopping centre: The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the oldest shopping centres in the world, and it is truly beautiful: It has two glass-vaulted arcades and a glass dome, as well as mosaics on the floor. Its popularly known as Il Salotto di Milano, because it used to be a common meeting place. You will be able to shop for haute-couture, and you will also find some great and iconic places to eat… But more on that later.
  • The apartments near the Milan Cathedral are right in the city centre, which means that the best option to move around will be your own feet! The Milan Cathedral is in the best and most central location of the city of Milan, and you will have plenty of other monuments and beautiful things to see around. However, right in front of the cathedral you will find plenty of tramways and the metro station, which are the two best ways of moving around the city. In the metro station Duomo you will have access to lines 1 and 3, which will take you, respectively, to the Parco Sempione and the Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli.
  • Of course, the first stop of your visit will be visiting the imposing marble-built Milan Cathedral, something that you can’t miss out on. However, it won’t be free, and you will have to pay different tickets depending on what you’re going to visit. The fee to visit just the interior of the Milan Cathedral is quite low, but you will have to pay more if you want to climb to the roof (and there are also different fees depending on you taking the stairs or the lift). You will also have to pay extra for the Baptistery, but don’t worry, because there are combined tickets that include everything as well.
    After you’ve visited the great Milan Cathedral, there are many things that you can do in the area. You can visit the beautiful and iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, enjoy the atmosphere of the Piazza del Duomo, go to the Teatro alla Scalla, the Parco Sempione or the Palazzo Marino. Milan offers lots of options, and most of them are in the city centre, a short walk from the apartments near the Milan Cathedral.
  • You are in Italy, so one of the things you must be looking forward to the most… Is food! Fortunately, it is difficult to have a bad meal in Italy, and the surroundings of the Milan Cathedral are no exception. As we hinted in our space dedicated to shopping near the Milan Cathedral, you will find some of the most iconic places to eat in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, such as the Savini restaurant and the Biffi Caffè, founded by the monarch’s pastry chef in the 19th century. In the piazza del Duomo you can eat with wonderful views of the Milan Cathedral in Terrazza Aperol, and you can also do it at the restaurant Maio – which offers an amazing wine menu as well.
  • Milan is a very lively city, and you will be able to enjoy a very nice and festive atmosphere around the Milan Cathedral. One of the bars where you can go have a drink is Gaina Cafè, and nearby you will also find the English Football Pub, which offers a great selection of beers. And if you’re in the mood for dancing, you will find one of the city’s most exclusive clubs very close to the Milan Cathedral. We’re referring to the Venus Night Club, which has a history of more than 70 years. Don’t forget to check the agenda beforehand to see what kind of party you’re going to enjoy there.



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