The Duomo of Milan is the great icon and main attraction of the city. It is the largest cathedral in Italy and leaves all visitors speechless. While tourists include a visit to the interior of the Duomo, few travelers know the possibility to climb to its terrace and admire the spectacular views it has to offer.
Be amazed by the panoramic views from the terrace.
Choose to take the elevator or climb the 251 steps that will take you to the magnificent rooftop terrace of Milan's Duomo. Stroll along this extensive terrace and admire from there the most important monuments of the city.
If you are thinking about what to see and do in Milan, going up to this building is a perfect option. It will allow you to enjoy first-hand its wonderful Gothic-style architecture: its columns crowned by statues, the characteristic spires, the flying buttresses and, of course, the little Madonnina, more than 100 meters high.
How to climb the Duomo Terrace in Milan
Visiting the Duomo is an activity that makes no distinctions. To get to the top of the Milan Cathedral, you have two options that suit everyone.
- By elevator: this option is the most comfortable and also allows everyone to enjoy it equally. Although there is a difference in price, this alternative is ideal for adults, seniors or children who do not consider themselves in physical condition to walk up, or simply do not want to. In any case, keep in mind that from where the elevator leaves you, you must climb about 50 more steps to the upper terrace of the Duomo.
- On foot: If you are brave and want to walk up to the Duomo Terrace, you should know that there are about 170 steps to reach the same point where the elevator would leave you. Then you will have to do another 50 steps up to the belvedere, although if you are in good shape the stairs of the Cathedral will not be an obstacle.
Ticket prices and types of tickets for the Duomo of Milan
There are different types of tickets for the Duomo according to the attractions you want to visit, and there are also for its Terrace. In Hellotickets there is a full ticket option with which you have access to the interior of the Duomo of Milan, the roof, the museum, the Church of San Gottardo and the Archaeological Area.
Otherwise, I leave you a detail of all the other alternatives, so you can choose the one that best suits your vacation.
- Access to the Cathedral: it costs 5€ and allows you to visit only the inside of the Duomo building.
- Access to the Cathedral Museum: costs 5€ and allows you to visit only the Cathedral Museum.
- Cultural Pass: costs 10€ and allows you to visit the interior of the Cathedral, the Cathedral Museum and the archaeological area.
- Duomo Pass Stairs: costs 15€ and allows you to visit the interior of the Cathedral, the Cathedral Museum, the archaeological area and climb the Duomo Terrace by stairs.
- Duomo Pass Lift: costs 20€ and allows you to visit the interior of the Cathedral, the Cathedral Museum, the archaeological area and go up to the Duomo Terrace by elevator.
- Rooftop on foot: costs 10€ and allows you only to go up to the Duomo Terrace on foot.
- Rooftop by lift: costs 14€ and allows you to go up to the Duomo Terrace byelevator only.
- Rooftop Evening: costs 14€ and only allows you to go up to the Duomo Terrace by elevator after 7 pm.
Hours of access to the Duomo of Milan
Each of the sectors of the Duomo of Milan has a different timetable which is detailed below:
- Access to the Terraces (on foot and by elevator): every day from 9am to 7pm. Last access at 6 pm.
- Access to the Terraces with the Rooftop Evening pass: Thursdays, from 6pm to 10pm. Last access at 9pm.
- Cathedral: every day from 8 am to 7 pm.
- Museum: from Thursday to Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm - Baptistery: every day from 9 am to 6 pm.
- Archaeological area: every day from 8 am to 7 pm.
Are there guided tours of the Milan Duomo Terrace and are they worth it?
Yes, there are. And they are the best option to get to know the magnificent Duomo of Milan. You have different options if you want to take a guided tour of the Duomo Terraces.
The guided tour to the roof of the Duomo lasts about 1 hour. Access is by elevator to the top of the Cathedral and then you are only 50 steps away from the terrace.
In addition to admiring the views and the spectacular statues and details, you will have the possibility to complement the visit with the explanation of a professional guide.
While the Terrace is beautiful in every way, learning about the history and characteristics of this architectural style is also worthwhile. The prices for this type of visit start at 35€.
But if you want to make a more complete visit, to know the interior of the Cathedral of Milan will be a wonderful option. You can opt for a combined guided tour of the Duomo and the roof of the Cathedral.
In this case, you can get a skip-the-line access to the Cathedral and then go up by elevator to the majestic terrace. There, you will find yourself among the towers and statues of the cathedral pointing to the sky, and the beautiful views.
In this type of tour you will also have a specialized guide accompanying you on the tour, so that you can also learn on your visit. Prices for this type of tour start at 50€.
How to get to the Duomo in Milan
Besides the Duomo itself , there are many things to see and do in Milan's Piazza del Duomo, so getting here is very easy.
If you want to get to the Milan Cathedral by metro, the Duomo station is the closest one, and this is where the red line and the yellow line of the Milan metro connect.
You can also take the metro to the Cordusio and Missori stations, on the red and yellow lines respectively. They are relatively close and within reasonable walking distance.
The streetcar is another possibility to visit the Duomo. You can reach the Torino, Mazzini and Dogana stations, and then walk a few meters. The lines have the following numbers: 2 - 3 - 4 - 12 - 14 - 19 - 20 - 24 - 27. As you will see, there are several options.
If you arrive in Milan by plane on your vacation or you are simply on a stopover and want to make the most of it, there is a fast train service from Malpensa airport. The Malpensa Express arrives at Cardona Station in about 40 minutes from Terminal 1.
You can also take the Malpensa Bus Express, a bus that runs from Terminal 1 to Milan Central Station.
If you want to get to the Duomo by bus instead, there are plenty of bus services that run from both terminals to Milan Central Bus Station. There are also lines to Linate, Sesto and Torino airports.
There are different tourist bus services in the city of Milan and all of their lines include the Duomo among their stops. Therefore, if you have one of the passes, you don't have to worry about how to get there.
What you can't miss at the Duomo Terrace in Milan
The Milan Cathedral is an architectural jewel of incomparable Gothic style. Moreover, it is the fifth largest Cathedral in the world and its details are truly amazing.
While you can enjoy its wonderful facade and interior, visiting the Duomo Terrace will give you another perspective and allow you to admire certain points more closely.
For example, the Madonnina spire that culminates with a golden statue of the Virgin Mary. It is so important to the city that no building in Milan can exceed that height.
In addition, you will be able to observe its 135 pinnacles that reach the sky from up close and its marble-covered bricks. All this, with a 150-meter high view of the city of Milan. Are you going to miss it?
How much time do you need to visit the Milan Duomo Terrace?
If you are going to visit the interior of the Duomo and the terraces, I recommend you to reserve at least 2 hours of the day.
Keep in mind that the last access to the Cathedral and the terrace is one hour before closing time, and even then you will not have time to visit the Cathedral with the calm and attention it deserves. Besides, you'll probably want to take a lot of pictures in this magnificent setting.
Is it advisable to go to the Milan Duomo Terrace with children?
Going up to the Duomo Terrace as a family is one of the best things to do in Milan with children. The building has no danger for the little ones and the stairs to access the Terrace are comfortable enough for them as well as for adults.
Children usually love this plan because they can see the city from above, including places they have previously visited, but **from the heights.**What you should keep in mind is that baby strollers are not allowed to enter the building, but you can use the Cathedral's lockers free of charge.
Tips for visiting the Duomo of Milan and its terrace
- Please note that to visit the Duomo you must cover your shoulders and if you are wearing a skirt, it must be at least knee-length. Anyway, at the Duomo ticket office they sell paper kimonos for 2€ so that those who need it don't miss the visit.
- If you are only going to visit the terrace you can do it with the clothes you want.
- Smoking, eating and drinking are not allowed.
- Please note that it is not allowed to fly drones or use a tripod for photos taken on the Terrace.
- Dogs are not allowed and children must always be accompanied by an adult.
- You cannot enter with suitcases, helmets, masks, scooters, laser pointers, knives, glass or balloons, but you can use the lockers to store your belongings for the duration of your visit. To use them, you only have to sign a register with your personal data and the service is completely free. As a deposit for the key, you must leave 5 € which is refunded when you finish your visit. Of course, the duration of the service is only 60 minutes, so you will not be refunded if you pass that time limit as a penalty.
- Heels are not allowed in the building.
- You cannot lie on the floor as it is the roof of a religious building.
- You cannot enter with extended baby carriages, so you must fold them before entering the building.
- There are no restrooms in the Cathedral. The nearest restroom is right next door and costs 1€. You can pay in cash or by credit card.