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City Skyline: Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral

If standing on top of Milan Cathedral won’t take your breath away – you better check in yourself to a hospital. 😀 No, I’m not kidding. Milan Duomo is one of the very few man-made architectural wonder that blew my mind away. It’s one of those places you don’t only have to see but also experience it.

From its facade to its internal core, this architectural wonder will leave you with a lasting impression. And from its underground archaeological museum to its roof, the Duomo shows us a contrast of what Milan was like and what Milan is today.

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Climb the stairs or use an elevator?

Here’s the deal: the former will cost you 8 euros and the latter is 10 euros. However, the lift doesn’t go all the way up to the roof but only on the last floor and then you have to climb the remaining steps.

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Now, you ask me: What do you see up there? 

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

These amazing spires that were meticulously and perfectly crafted.

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

These statues have been standing there for centuries without falling. 😉

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Most of these statues are characters taken from the Bible. And yes, there are Saints, too! The Catholics have many of them!

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Standing higher than anyone else, these marble sculptures look like they’re guardians of the City of Milan.

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

This view of Piazza del Duomo below looks deserted in the morning. But as the day goes on, it will be packed with people from all walks of life coming from different parts of the globe.

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Up there, you’ll realize that Gothic spires aspires to “draw the eye up to heaven.” 

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

And oh yes, you can sissy that walk on the roof! I wonder if a fashion show was once held here.

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Cathedral / Duomo (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Duomo / Cathedral (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Duomo / Cathedral (Italy).

“So grand, so solemn, so vast!
And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful!”
-Mark Twain-

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Duomo / Cathedral (Italy).

Skyline Views from the Top of Milan Duomo / Cathedral (Italy).

Remember this: 

You can’t go inside the cathedral if you’re wearing short shorts that expose your butt cheeks. They will allow you to go inside if you’re wearing clothes properly. That means something that covers down to your knees. The good news is – you can wear whatever you want when climbing to the roof of the cathedral. Why? Because the entrance going up there is separate. It’s on the left side of the Duomo.

WHERE TO STAY IN MILAN

I decided to stay at Hotel Ornato because there’s only a small difference compare to paying a bed in a hostel. I had nice room in this fabulous boutique hotel. It’s clean and the ambience is great! The staff are extra wonderful, too! The only thing that you might not like is that – it’s 30 minutes by tram to downtown Milan. If you don’t mind the commute, this hotel is perfect for you! Thirty minutes on the tram is a good way to get to know the city.

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