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Posted by Heliocentrism on May 15, 2018

November 3rd, 2017

We were not too sure what to do in Milan. Milan is known for fashion. Mark and I don’t “fashion”. So, when you’re in a new city and you don’t know what to do, go to the biggest museum or church. We headed to the Milan Duomo.

I thought we would just pop in and be out in an hour or two. But, Mark got us combo tickets, so we saw everything that the ticket would allow us to see. We ended up spending the whole day here with a short break for lunch.

First we went inside the Duomo. Of course, it had a lot of saintly corpses on display. I don’t remember how many this church had, but it had more glass coffins than I have ever seen in one place. Most of the men had some information about their lives, though now I can’t remember if the biographies was on a plaque or in the Duomo’s guide app I downloaded.

The Milan Duomo also had many of these wonderful sculptures. I think they were all paid for by very rich people who didn’t want to be forgotten. They commissioned artists to make these elaborate works of art in hopes that people generations to come would pray on their behalf. I guess it worked.

We went down to, what they called “the archaeological area”. It really wasn’t that interesting. But what was fun was looking for the dinosaur on the front of the duomo. It wasn’t hard to find at all. (I’m not sure if it really is a dino though.)

After lunch, we climbed the stairs (to save €4 each on the elevator fee) to the top of the church. We walked around on the level in the photo above then took another set of steps to the very top of the roof. There was a nice view of the city, but I am afraid of heights, so I didn’t look out or down for too long.

I could look down at Milan, or I could read about the view from the Duomo’s Tour Guide app.

Our tour could have stopped here, but we went down and entered the museum because it was part of our ticket. The museum was not interesting at all. It’s just filled with all the stuff that fell off the church. Statues that have been replaced are put in the museum along with gargoyles, tiles, and rocks. Then they capped that all off with some miniature replicas of the church. But I had already spend almost an entire day at the church, so the scaled versions weren’t very interesting.

But we did see this guy playing a theremin. That was fun, interesting, and very unusual. I bet you’ve never heard a theremin played on the street.


Italy

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land, water, or air.

Phone:

  • 113 – police
  • 115 – fire
  • 118 – first aid

Website:

Data:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • Many of the streets and walkways are paved in cobblestones making it harder to walk on with the wrong type of shoes.
  • Apparently, you can drink from any of the water fountains you see.
  • Watch out for pick-pockets.
  • Get your tickets ahead of time when going to see popular things.
  • You never know when you might what to check out a basilica. So, make sure to dress properly, or you won’t be let in.
    • Not shorts. Make sure that at least your knees are covered.
    • No sleeveless shirts.

Duomo di Milano Italy

Basic Information

Website:

Downloads:

  • Guide App
  • The app is free, if you just want to read the information.
  • If you want the audio and video guide, you will have to pay about €5

Cost:

  • Duomo Pass A – € 16.00
  • Duomo Pass B – € 12.00
    • Both passes include the same thing, but pass A includes an elevator ride to the top of the Duomo. With pass B you will have to climb the stairs.
    • CATHEDRAL & TERRACES
    • DUOMO MUSEUM
    • ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA
    • SAN GOTTARDO CHURCH
  • Cathedral – € 3
    • Includes the Crypt of St. Charles, the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo in Corte Church
  • Terraces – € 9 or € 13
  • Archaeological Area – € 7
    • This is inside the church, so you will need to buy a ticket for that.

Hours:

  • Cathedral 8:00 – 19:00
    • Inside the Cathedral
    • The Crypt of St. Charles
      • Monday – Friday: 11.00 am – 5.30 pm
      • Saturday: 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
      • Sunday: 1.30 pm – 3.30  pm
    • Archaeological Area
      • 9.00 am -7.00 pm
    • The Terrace
      • 9.00 am -7.00 pm
  • The Duomo Museum – 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
    • Inside the Museum
      • 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

Video

Notes:

  • Don’t Miss: (In the Duomo)
  • The Dino
  • Buy your tickets online.
  • You can also buy your tickets at the museum, but the line is long, disorganized, confusing, and very crowded.
    • The fastest thing to do is to get in line for the ticket machine when you can.
    • Some machines only use credit cards, but one or two take cash.

Don’t Miss:

Map:

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