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Milan Cathedral – tickets, prices, rooftop, Duomo museum

Milan Cathedral, also known as Duomo di Milano in Italian, is a magnificent Gothic cathedral renowned for its intricate architecture, captivating history, and panoramic city views from its rooftop.

As the largest cathedral in Italy and the fifth largest in the world, the Duomo di Milano dominates the city’s skyline and symbolizes Milan itself.

Visitors are captivated by its extensive collection of statues, beautiful stained glass windows, and the golden statue of the Madonna, known as the Madonnina, crowning its highest spire.

This article shares everything you must know before buying Milan Cathedral tickets.

What to expect at Milan Cathedral

On your visit to the Milan Cathedral, you can explore the church’s interior and exterior, including its various statues, spires, and stained glass windows.

Visitors can access the cathedral’s rooftop from where you can enjoy panoramic views of Milan.

To go up to the terrace, you can take the elevator or walk up the stairs.

In addition to the cathedral itself, you can also visit the Duomo Museum, which displays artifacts and artworks related to the cathedral’s history.

Different types of tickets are available for visiting the cathedral, including basic entry tickets and tickets that provide access to additional areas like the rooftops or the museum.

Best Milan Cathedral tickets Cost
Duomo di Milano rooftop tickets €17
Duomo di Milano, Rooftops & Museum €20
Fast Track: Duomo di Milano, Rooftops & Museum €35
Duomo di Milano & Duomo Museum (no rooftop) €11
Guided tour: Duomo, Rooftops & Archaeological Area €35
Best of Milan tickets
(Duomo, The Last Supper & Teatro alla Scala)
€99

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Where to book tickets for Milan Cathedral

Where to buy tickets for Milan Cathedral
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Tickets for Duomo di Milano are available online in advance or at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters. 

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because the attractions sells a limited number of tickets, booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How online tickets work

Go to the Milan Cathedral ticket booking page online, and select your preferred date, time slot, and number of tickets to buy.

You will receive the ticket confirmation in your email after the booking.

There is no need to get printouts of the ticket. 

On the day of your visit, go to the north entrance if you selected the stairs or lift entrance and scan your smartphone e-ticket at the turnstile.

Milan Cathedral ticket prices

The tickets for Duomo di Milano are priced at €17 for all visitors above 19 years who had booked the tickets for the stairs entry.

The ticket price for children between six and 18 years is discounted, and they pay only €9 to enter the cathedral.

For a family of 3 people (2 adults and one child), the ticket price is €35.

The tickets for Duomo di Milano are priced at €20 for all visitors above 19 years who had booked the tickets for the lift entry.

The ticket price for children between six and 18 years is discounted, and they pay only €11 to enter the cathedral.

For a family of 3 people (2 adults and one child), the ticket price is €42.

Duomo di Milano tickets

Duomo di Milano offers many kinds of tickets. 

You must decide on a few things before you book your Duomo di Milano tickets. 

What do you want to explore: The Milan Cathedral experience includes the Cathedral, the Museum, the Rooftop, and the Archeological Area. Based on your interests, you must buy the appropriate ticket.

Stairs or elevator to the top: If you have decided to visit the rooftop, do you want to take the stairs or the elevator? This selection is made on the ticket booking page.

Fastpass ticket or regular ticket: Regular ticket holders first visit the Cathedral and then go up the rooftop terrace by stairs or lift. FastPass holders can avoid the queue by visiting the rooftop and then descending into the Cathedral by stairs or elevator. 

Guided or self-guided: There is much to see, do, and learn at the Milan Cathedral, so we highly recommend a guided tour. But if you are on a budget holiday, various self-guided tickets are also available.

Last-minute rooftop visit: Tourists who hadn’t heard about the rooftop and bought tickets without rooftop access can now buy access ONLY for the rooftop.

Best Milan Cathedral tickets Cost
Last minute rooftop tickets €17
Duomo di Milano, Rooftops & Museum €20
Fast Track: Duomo di Milano, Rooftops & Museum €35
Duomo di Milano & Duomo Museum (no rooftop) €11
Guided tour: Duomo, Rooftops & Archaeological Area €35

Duomo di Milano, Rooftops & Museum

Tickets for Duomo di Milano, Rooftops & Museum
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With this ticket, you’ll get access to the Duomo di Milano, Archaeological Area, Duomo Museum, Church of San Gottardo, and the Duomo Rooftops. 

Book this ticket and marvel at the Gothic monument’s intricate stonework and pore over the treasures inside the Duomo Museum.

Head to the top of this enormous church to enjoy truly spectacular views of Milan and beyond.

Remember you can enter each attraction only once in 72 hours from your booked timeslot; re-entering is not possible.

Ticket Prices 

Duomo Pass Stairs

Adult Ticket (19+ years): €20
Child Ticket (6 to 18 years): €11
Infant Ticket (up to 5 years): €2
Disable Visitot Ticket: €2
Family of 3 Ticket (2 adults and 1 child): €45

Duomo Pass Lift

Adult Ticket (19+ years): €27
Child Ticket (6 to 18 years): €15
Infant Ticket (up to 5 years): €2
Disable Visitot Ticket: €2
Family of 3 Ticket (2 adults and 1 child): €59

Guided tour of Cathedral, Rooftops & Museum

Guided tour of Milan Cathedral, Rooftops & Museum
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This small group guided tour can have a maximum of 25 people.

The tour is 90 minutes long, and the radio tour guide is available in 3 languages, i.e., English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. 

Get admission to the Duomo di Milano, Archaeological Area, Duomo Museum, the Church of San Gottardo, and priority entry to the Duomo Rooftops by lift. 

Ticket Price 

Adult ticket (19 years +): €35
Youth ticket (12 to 18 years): €23
Child ticket (6 to 11 years): €21
Infant ticket (up to 5 years):  €1.50

Find out everything about the different guided tours of Milan Cathedral.

Last minute ticket to rooftop terrace

Last minute ticket to Duomo di Milano rooftop
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Many times, tourists come to know about Milan Cathedral’s rooftop after they have already booked a ticket, which gets them access only to the cathedral and the museum.

In such cases, they can enhance their experience by purchasing this last-minute ticket to Duomo Di Milano’s rooftop terrace.

Tourists can decide to take the lift or the stairs to the top and book the appropriate ticket.

The rooftop ticket is available for individuals and families of two adults and one child below 18.

Ticket Price

Access via the lift

Adult Ticket (19+ years): €20
Child Ticket (6 to 18 years): €11
Family Ticket (2 adults & 1 under 18): €42

Access via the stairs

Adult Ticket (19+ years): €17
Child Ticket (6 to 18 years): €9
Family Ticket (2 adults & 1 under 18): €35
Disabled Visitor: €2
Infant Ticket (up to 5 years): €2

Save money & time! Want to see famous attractions of Italy within 48 hours? Buy Milan Pass and get free access to La Scala, the Duomo terraces and museum, The World of Leonardo, and many more!

Combo tickets

Combo tickets are a great way to score discounts.

There are a few iconic tourist attractions near the Milan Cathedral, some of which are within 30 minutes by car, and combo tickets can help you visit them all by booking just once!

You can buy Duomo di Milano tickets in combination with tickets for Museum Leonardo da Vinci or Leonardo3.

Combo tickets are ideal for large families, groups or those on a budget holiday.

Duomo di Milano tickets + Museum Leonardo da Vinci

Duomo di Milano + Museum Leonardo da Vinci
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Distance: 3.6 km (2.2 miles)

Time Taken: 15 minute by car

This combo ticket gives you access to the Duomo di Milano, the Rooftops, the Museum, and the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology at a good discount.

You will need at least 6 hours for the entire tour, but it is a great option if you wish to cover two tourist attractions in one day. 

Leonardo Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology is the largest science museum in Italy and is a great place to explore. 

Ticket price: €30

Duomo di Milano, Rooftops & Museum + Leonardo3

Duomo di Milano, Rooftops & Museum + Leonardo
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Distance: 250 meters

Time Taken: 1 minute by car

This combo ticket is the best if you wish to explore more than one tourist attraction in one day.

This ticket gives you access to the entire Duomo di Milano (Archaeological Area, Duomo Museum, the Church of San Gottardo, and the Duomo Rooftops) and to Leonardo3, an interactive museum and research center that brings the past to life using innovative technology. 

Buy this ticket and reap discounts that add to your savings. 

Ticket price: €31

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How to reach Milan Cathedral

Address: P.za del Duomo, 20122 Milano MI, Italy Get Directions

The Milan Cathedral is right in the heart of Milan and can be reached by public transport or car. 

By train 

It would be best to take a subway after the train ride to reach the Cathedral.

The Milan Malpensa Airport is next to Malpensa Aeroporto Station. 

From T.1, you must take the XP1 line and a 37-minute ride to Milano Cadorna

Once you get off the Milano Cadorna, take a 70-meter walk to the subway, where you can take train No. 1 or No. 3 from Cadorna Fn M1 to the Duomo M1

After exiting the subway, you have a short 350-meter walk to the Cathedral. 

By Bus

If you’re taking the NM1 bus, get off at Duomo M1 M3, and take a 3-minute walk to the Milan Cathedral. 

By Tram

If you’re taking Tram 2, 12, 14, 16, or 19, get off at Via Orefici Fronte 2 prima di Via Torino and take a 2-minute walk to the Milan Cathedral. 

By Car

Take the A8 towards Milan and the Autostradale Viale Certosa to get to the Cathedral. 

It is the shortest route, only 50 kilometers (31 miles) away. Turn on your Google Maps for ease and comfort.

There are several parking lots around Milan Cathedral where you can park your car. 

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Milan Cathedral hours

The Milan Cathedral is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm. 

You can get the last ticket at 6 pm, and the last admission is at 6.10 pm. 

The Crypt of St. Charles is open from Monday to Friday from 11 am through 5.30 pm. On Saturdays, the timings are from 11 am to 5 pm, and on Sundays, it’s from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm. 

The Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church are open daily from 10 am to 6 pm except on Wednesday.

The Milan Cathedral’s rooftop and Archaeological Area are open daily from 9 am to 7 pm, with last ticket getting sold at 6 pm and last admission at 6.10 pm.

The Santa Maria Annunciata In Camposanto Church is open from Monday to Friday from 12.30 pm to 2 pm. 

Lastly, the St. Stefano Baptistery is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. 

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Best time to visit Milan Cathedral

Best time to visit Milan Cathedral
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The best time to visit Duomo di Milano is when they open at 8 am.

The lines are comparatively shorter, and you get ample time to admire the intricate details of the cathedral. And it isn’t too hot when you reach the rooftop terrace.

The ideal times of year to visit Milan Cathedral are from September to October and April to May because the weather is still very beautiful and it’s not that busy.

Booking your tickets online helps to time your visit better because you don’t waste time standing in lines.

How long does Milan Cathedral take

Depending on your exploration plan, you may need two to three hours at the Milan Cathedral.

Most tourists spend around 45 minutes exploring the Milan Cathedral and 30 minutes each exploring the archeological area and the Duomo Museum.

If you plan to take the lift to the rooftop terrace, factor in at least 30 minutes, and if you are taking the stairs, you may need an hour.

Dress code at Duomo di Milano

According to the Rules of Conduct for the Cathedral, all tourists must be dressed modestly to enter the church. 

Avoid wearing hats, miniskirts, crop tops, bare-backed shirts, and low-cut apparel. 

Both men and women should avoid wearing shorts or t-shirts that reveal thighs and shoulders. 

Formal attire, including tuxedos, wedding dresses, etc., are prohibited on the premises, provided you’re not coming for a scheduled wedding at the Cathedral.


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What’s inside Duomo di Milano

There are nine main attractions in Duomo di Milano, including: 

  • The Altar
  • Stained glass windows
  • Milan Cathedral’s rooftop
  • Duomo Museum
  • The Statue of Saint Bartholomew Flayed Alive
  • Madonnina
  • Duomo Archaeological Complex
  • The Church of St. Gottardo
  • The Crypt of St Charles
  • Piazza del Duomo

These attractions enrich your experience on your tour to Duomo di Milano.

Follow the link to learn everything inside Milan Cathedral in detail.

Milan Cathedral’s rooftop

Milan Cathedral's rooftop
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Rooftops of cathedrals are normally closed off in Italy. But, this is one of those places where the terrace is open to the public eye. 

Milan Cathedral’s rooftop is one of its main highlights. If you’re planning on visiting the Cathedral, check out the rooftop.

The cathedral is in the heart of Milan, and its views are stunning. This place should be a must in your itinerary to the Milan Cathedral. 

The Duomo is adorned with well over three thousand sculptures and spires.

Milan Cathedral’s Museum

Milan Cathedral's Museum
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The Duomo Museum is a remarkable museum with a substantial collection of historical and cultural artifacts in its 26 display halls.

Take a trip through the history of Milan. View a sizable collection of works from the 15th to the 20th century, including sculptures, stained glass, paintings, tapestries, terracotta artifacts, and architectural models. 

You can spot artifacts from the 5th century like the “ivory diptychs” and works by Ariberto d’Intiminao from the eleventh century on display. 

The Veneranda Fabbrica, which chronologically depicts the Cathedral’s construction phases from 1386 to the present, is the collection’s main attraction.


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Layout of Milan Cathedral

Layout of Milan Cathedral
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FAQs about Milan Cathedral

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Milan Cathedral-

Are advance reservations required to enter the Milan Cathedral?

While reservations might not always be mandatory, they are recommended, especially during peak tourist seasons or if you plan to access specific areas like the terraces or the archaeological area. Making reservations helps secure your preferred time slot and avoid long queues. We recommend booking your Milan Cathedral tickets online to save time and avoid last-minute disappointment.

What are the different types of tickets available for the Milan Cathedral?

Ticket options may include basic entry to the cathedral, access to the terraces of the archaeological area, or combined tickets that offer access to multiple sections. Here are your options – Duomo di Milano rooftop ticketsDuomo di Milano, Rooftops & MuseumFast Track: Duomo di Milano, Rooftops & MuseumDuomo di Milano & Duomo Museum (no rooftop), and Guided tour: Duomo, Rooftops & Archaeological Area.

Do tickets include guided tours?

Some Milan Cathedral tickets may include guided tours, while others might be for self-guided visits.

Are there locker facilities available at Milan Cathedral?

Locker facilities are available for free at Milan Cathedral.

Is Duomo di Milano wheelchair accessible?

Only the lower rooftop is wheelchair accessible from 10 am to 5 pm and exclusively via south elevator.

What items are prohibited inside Milan Cathedral?

Strollers, umbrellas, metal or glass objects, large bags, and luggage are not allowed at the cathedral.

Sources

# Duomomilano.it
# Wikipedia.com
# Britannica.com

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