Milan Cathedral (Duomo) is so breathtaking that it is no wonder it took nearly 600 years to complete. Work began on a new religious structure to replace the former basilica of St. Ambrose in 1386, and the following decades and centuries saw the completion of one of the greatest Gothic masterpieces in the world.
It has such a complex, lace-like exterior that you’ll have a hard time counting the more than 100 marble spires and 2,000 statues that adorn its anything but plain surface, all of which contribute to an airiness that is almost unequaled in other cathedrals of its time. The interior is equally stunning, laden with priceless paintings and sculptures, not to mention the dazzling stained glass windows that envelope its apse.
Amazingly, the final gate wasn’t installed until 1965, bringing the late Medieval project to an end. Even today the Milanese use the expression ‘la fabbrica del Duomo’, meaning ‘cathedral project’, for anything that takes a long time to complete. Visit this worthy sight on our Best of Milan tour along with Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
On tours cancelled more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund. For tours cancelled less than 72 hours before scheduled departure time, we are unable to offer refunds. Instead we suggest that customers reschedule their tour for another time more convenient for them.
Changes made to bookings within the 72 hour window will be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling, headsets and administration.
We strongly advise against arriving at the meeting point without a booking as we cannot guarantee that there will be space left on the tour. Our guides are unable to accept payment for tours so any bookings made on the spot will still need to be processed over the phone with payment by credit card.