The Duomo di Milano is probably the most iconic structure in all of Milan, Italy. It is the largest cathedral in Italy, the 3rd largest in Europe and the 4th largest in all the world! I had seen this beautiful cathedral many times on Instagram, and was super excited to see it in person this fall during a short trip to Milan.
I have to say, the Duomo di Milano is even more impressive in-person than it is in photos. The intricacy of the façade is just breathtaking and stands as real testimony to extent of human ingenuity.
Duomo di Milano History
Construction for the seminal cathedral began in 1386 – and took nearly 6 long centuries to complete! Due to financial and creative delays, progress on the massive structure stalled, despite the input from French engineers like Nicolas de Bonaventure.
It wasn’t until 1805 when Napoleon Bonaparte, about to be crowded King of Italy ordered designer Carlo Pellicani to finish the cathedral. Finally, in 1965, the final touches were put in place!
Visiting the Duomo di Milano
You can visit the Duomo di Milano most days of the week for a small fee. An additional fee gets you access to the roof where you can admire the stunning spires up close, and catch a phenomenal view of the Milanese rooftops.
Duomo di Milano
Piazza del Duomo