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Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

1. Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

Enjoy a 1.5-hour tour of the Milan Cathedral complex, including the terraces and the archeological area beneath the cathedral. Discover the history of this famous monument with your expert guide. You’ll also have access to the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church. Best of all, choose from either a shared small-group experience or private tour, depending on your preference.  Skip the ticket lines and enter the cathedral. Admire this stunning example of Gothic architecture and the artworks that decorate its interior. Continue to the rooftop terraces by elevator for breathtaking views over the city. Then explore the archaeological area beneath the Duomo, where the ruins of the Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti were found. After your guided tour, you can visit the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church on your own.

Milan Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

2. Milan Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

Discover the iconic symbol of Milan with your access-all-areas ticket to the Duomo and see the 600-year-old cathedral. Learn about the history of St. Ambrose and the cathedral's important role during the evolution of the city both spiritually and culturally.  Admire city panoramas from the Duomo Terraces. Built using Candoglia marble, on bright days, you can see as far as the Alps and the Apennine Mountains. Elevator optional.   Admire the Duomo's 27 halls and its 14th-century Palazzo Reale's stained glass window, tapestries, and sculptures. See the archaeological remains of the S. Giovanni alle Fonti Baptistery and S. Tecla.   Gain a deeper appreciation of the cultural and spiritual heritage of Milan. Built in the 4th century by St. Ambrose and demolished in 1387 to make space for the cathedral, the Baptistery was forgotten until 1961.

Milan: Milan Cathedral Direct Entrance - Terrace Excluded

3. Milan: Milan Cathedral Direct Entrance - Terrace Excluded

Enjoy a seamless entrance to the Milan Cathedral, the international symbol of Milan, and one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Italy and in Europe. Visit this treasure of art and faith and discover its peculiarities, amongst which the spellbinding stained-glass windows and vertiginous columns. Discover the history of beautiful statues, such as the most famous statue of all the Cathedral: the Saint Bartholomew Flayed. See Sarcophagi, magnificent altars, and stunning organs.

Milan Duomo and Rooftop 2-Hour Guided Tour

4. Milan Duomo and Rooftop 2-Hour Guided Tour

Meet your licensed tour guide in Piazza del Duomo and make your way to the elevator entrance, where you will take the lift to enjoy the unforgettable experience of walking on the rooftop of the magnificent Duomo Cathedral. The overall size of this Gothic architecture is impressive and its flying buttresses and the white marble make it one-of-a-kind. Climb nearly 50 steps to reach the highest level on the roof and be ready to admire stunning views of the Milanese skyline, including the brand new upcoming skyscrapers. On the roof of Italy’s largest cathedral, and one of the biggest in the world, enjoy exciting views of Milan. On a clear day you may even see as far as the Italian Alps, the mountains separating Italy from Switzerland. Over 3.400 statues and 135 spires await to be unveiled and it is definitely best seen from above! End your visit admiring the golden statue of the Virgin Mary, shining bright on top of the Major spire. Then, have the incredible privilege of skipping the lines outside the Cathedral and to enter without any further wait, directly from a special entrance from the rooftop (the descent might be done by the stairs). Your guide is ready to amaze you, focusing on the countless statues, decorations and colorful stained-glass windows that tireless craftsmen designed along the centuries. Be amazed while hearing about the stories of the “Holy Nail” from Jesus’ True Cross or the Sundial Trail and its zodiac signs.

Skip-the-Line Milan Duomo Tour and Optional Rooftop Tour

5. Skip-the-Line Milan Duomo Tour and Optional Rooftop Tour

Milan’s Duomo, one of the city’s most iconic buildings, was built over 600 years ago, and is one of the 4 largest cathedrals in Europe. On a 1-hour guided tour you’ll learn about the artistic and architectural features of the cathedral, and its connection with the history of the city. Admire the Gothic elements of its design and its numerous paintings and statues. From your guide you’ll hear the legends associated with the Duomo and also see its pagan elements, such as zodiac symbols. Head downstairs to the basement, where you’ll visit the crypt under the altar, the site of the centuries-old tomb of the Archbishop Carlo Borromeo. Choose the extended tour option (2.5 hours) and enjoy a guided visit to the Rooftop, where you’ll have a chance to take in panoramic views of Milan.

Milan: Cathedral and Terraces Guided Experience

6. Milan: Cathedral and Terraces Guided Experience

The symbol of Milan is located in its very city center. The Cathedral, known as Duomo di Milano, is the best place to start your journey. Enjoy this 2-hour guided experience of Duomo with a monolingual speaking guide. Tickets of the Cathedral, Terraces, and Baptistery are included in your visit. Let your guide lead you throughout the enchanting history behind the complex. Mosaics, colorful windows, statues, and pieces of art are going to take a life during your experience. Unveil some of the most well-hidden secrets of the Cathedral, such as how many steeples are at the top of Duomo. Your journey starts in Duomo Square, first visit the Cathedral. The second place to admire is the Baptistery and, finally, enjoy the best view of the city from the Terraces.

Milan: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour

7. Milan: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour

Meet your personal guide to skip the long queue at the highlight of any visit to Milan. Discover the perfect balance of naves, columns, and stained-glass windows in this unbelievably intricate construction. Learn about the elaborate and stunning interior decoration that took more than 10 centuries to complete. After discovering the interiors of the Duomo, ascend to the rooftop terraces where you can explore the square and the city from dizzying heights. Look at La Madonnina, a 4.16-meter statue of the Virgin Mary protecting and overlooking Milan. It's these moments that make Milan such a spectacle.

Milan: 3-Hour City Highlights Walking Tour

8. Milan: 3-Hour City Highlights Walking Tour

Start your 3-hour tour at the Milan Cathedral. Your entrance ticket, provided by your guide, enables you to skip the lines to visit the church. Inside, admire its baptistery and enjoy rooftop views. Follow your guide to the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall. Discover the history of the most famous lyric theatre in the world, La Scala Theatre, where the great composer Giuseppe Verdi played his main operas. Before visiting La Scala Museum and its gallery of paintings and instruments, explore the theatre hall. Admire the monument dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci, and explore the beautiful fashion district, which is just a few steps away.

Milan: Skip-the-Line Tour of the Rooftop of the Duomo

9. Milan: Skip-the-Line Tour of the Rooftop of the Duomo

The Duomo is one of the most iconic monuments of Milan, and is the third-largest Catholic cathedral in the world. Situated at the very heart of the city, the Duomo is 157 meters long and can accommodate 40,000 people. Your 1-hour tour begins in front of the main central gate of the cathedral where you’ll meet your guide. After a brief introduction to the cathedral and its history, you’ll skip the lines and head up to the Terraces of the Duomo. The elevator will take you up to the first terrace and from this point you’ll climb the last 50 steps to the highest terrace. With over 3,200 statues and 135 spires, the Duomo is definitely best seen from above! The views are magnificent and you’ll have the opportunity to see the pinnacles and sculptures from up close. Admire the skyline and your guide will point out landmarks and monuments you can see from the rooftop. You’ll even have views of the Alps on a clear day!

Milan: Cathedral Rooftop Tour

10. Milan: Cathedral Rooftop Tour

See Milan from above on a 1-hour tour that takes you to the rooftop terraces of the Duomo. Meet your guide in Piazza del Duomo and admire the cathedral’s façade, its statues, spires, and gargoyles. Skip the lines at the ticket office and make your way to the elevator entrance with your guide. Ride the elevator to the top and walk along the roof of the magnificent cathedral. Take in spectacular views of Milan. On a clear day you can see as far as the Italian Alps – the mountains separating Italy from Switzerland. Climb nearly 50 steps to reach the highest level and see the golden statute of the Virgin Mary, shining bright atop the main spire.

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What people are saying about Milan Cathedral Terraces

With the Cathedral is amazing, accessing the roof terraces really elevated the experience. Get the elevator included in your pass as the stairs are no joke. You'll still have to walk down them but it's worth it to take the elevator up.

The guide was very informative and interesting. Being able to bypass the crowds to see the Terraces and the architectural area may the experience much more enjoyable.

A must-see in Milan. Good, quick and easy experience with the ticket and getting to the top.

Amazing experience, unlike any other! Will do it again if I’m ever in Milan again

Fabulous visit. No queues just showed ticket and straight in