The Duomo in Milan is arguably one of the most recognizable duomos in Italy. Even if you’ve never been to Milan, the gothic facade and impressive spires are easily identified.
The duomo, which took almost six centuries to complete, is the largest church in the Italian republic, and one of the largest in the world.
Once you get your ticket and head inside, you are immediately overwhelmed by the vastness and intricacy. The duomo is huge, and there is something to see everywhere you look. The tile work, stained glass, paintings, and sculptures are just incredible.
The most famous statue, and my favorite work of art inside, is Marco d’Agrate’s statue of Saint Bartholomew. The macabre statue shows Saint Bartholomew flayed with his skin thrown over his shoulder like a stole.
Like most religious locations in Italy (and most places worldwide) modesty is required to enter. If you decided to pop in while wearing shorts/skirts above the knee or with shoulders showing, they have disposable covers to put on. You don’t have to go change and come back.
After your visit, have a seat on the steps our front. The steps of the Duomo is a great place to sit and people watch while the sun sets.
There are tons of shops, restaurants, and bars in the immediate neighborhood, including the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Every high-end store is located inside this beautiful building.
You can also grab a Campari spritz at Camparino, the place to get a Campari cocktail.
The duomo and the area around it is an absolutely must-do while in Milan!