Milan: Skip-the-Line Tour of the Duomo and Terraces

Milan: Skip-the-Line Tour of the Duomo and Terraces

From $34.65 per person

Discover the secrets of the Duomo with a skilled guide from the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo. Skip the lines waiting to enter and visit the cathedral and the rooftops and marvel at the views of the spires, the statues and the city of Milan.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the construction of Milan’s renowned cathedral
  • Enjoy amazing views of the Terraces and the city of Milan
  • Admire the beautiful stained glass windows and sculptures
Full description
Your 90-minute skip-the-line tour begins in the archeological area underneath the Milan Cathedral. Discover the Baptistery of St. John and the Church of Santa Tecla. The Church of Santa Tecla was built during the 4th century and demolished in the Middle Ages to make space for the cathedral. The site was discovered by archeologists in 1961. You’ll see a magnificent example of early octagonal construction with the Baptistery and learn about the life in Milan during the Roman era, when the city was the capital of the Empire. Enter the cathedral and you’ll be standing inside the most iconic monument of the city of Milan and one of the largest churches in the world. With its 3,400 statues, 55 stained glass windows, spectacular altars and paintings, the Duomo is the most important example of Gothic style in northern Italy. The elevator takes you up to the roof, where you’ll see the spires and sculptures from up close. Climb the 50 steps to reach the highest terraces and take a walk near the main spire, where the golden statue of the Virgin is located. Enjoy magnificent views of the city and discover monuments and landmarks with your guide. On clear days, you’ll even be able to see the Alps!
Includes
  • Guided Tour of the Duomo and Duomo Terraces by a professional guide from the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo
  • Pass with access to all areas of the complex: Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church. To visit at your own pace
  • Skip-the-line admission to the Terraces
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • People with heart problems
    • Wheelchair users
    COVID-19 precautions

    Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers must bring their own headphones
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
    • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide in front of the Duomo Ticket Office in Piazza del Duomo 14/A on the right-hand side of the Cathedral's side doors.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card
    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Weapons or sharp objects
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Glass objects

    Know before you go

    • In case of adverse weather conditions, security, public order or other organizational/technical reasons, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo may change its opening hours, access methods, visit duration or any events planned at the Duomo. In the unlikely event of closures of the Terraces, the guided tour will include the Duomo Museum. The Duomo Museum is closed on Wednesdays
    • Be prepared to go through airport-style security checks
    • Please dress appropriately for entering a sacred place
    • Guided tours cannot be rescheduled
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 / 5

    based on 558 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.4/5
    • Value for money
      4.3/5
    • Service
      4.4/5
    • Organization
      4.3/5
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    We had a wonderful day experiencing the magnificent Duomo up close. From the crypt all the way to the spires on the roof, the knowledge provided by the tour guide was invaluable in enhancing that experience. The many intricacies of the decoration on each spire and arch could not have been fully appreciated without someone pointing out the hidden meanings of the stonemasons' art.

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    January 15, 2020

    Our guide was a very passionate & knowledgeable young woman.

    It was disappointing to know that despite knowing the need to stop tours due to a “state” funeral being held at the Duomo, the ticket office still sold tickets for terrace walk. We were fortunate to have time to return later in the afternoon to walk the terrace, but others had no time & found it difficult to get a part refund. The jumping the queue is definitely well worth the extra money...on any other day that’s not interrupted by a funeral.

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    October 14, 2019

    Excellent - it was so busy we would’ve missed so much without it

    Loved everything about it. Quite small group with excellent guide. The earphones are a great idea and the only way to enjoy the Duomo is do a guided tour as it so busy and queues are so long. The rooftop tour is breathtaking If you have precooked online my tip would be ignore the queue into the ticket office and go straight to the front desk to pick up your headphones and meet your guide - otherwise you’ll be queuing For ages. There should really be a big sign saying all precooked customers this way!!! Note you will have to leave ID for your headphones - passport or driving license etc

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    October 10, 2019

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