Start of the Day
We started around 10.30 AM from hotel and by 10.45 we were at Milano Central Railway Station buying Metro pass. We bought Metro pass valid for 24 hours costing 4.5 Euro each. After a very short journey of 10 minutes, we got down to Duomo M3 station. This station exit is just in front of Duomo Cathedral Church which is the third largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Just walk out of the Metro station and the majestic view of Gothic cathedral welcomes you.
Duomo Cathedral is referred with many names i.e. Duomo di Milano, Milan Cathedral, and Domm di Milan. It is dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy (the larger St. Peter’s Basilica is in the State of Vatican City) and the fifth largest in the world. (Source: wiki)
Duomo square, the outside area of church is filled with tourists from all over the world. Tourists taking selfies, feeding Pigeons or just sitting and looking at this mammoth structure beauty mention a lot about this stunning place.
We paid around 15 Euro each which included access to Church, Terrace by lift, Duomo Museum. After waiting for around an hour, we got entered into the Duomo Church. It is advised to buy tickets online to avoid long queues in buying the ticket at counter and then getting into another queue for entrance. It will easily eat up minimum of 1 hour and may be longer if you are there on weekends or at holiday time.
Church inside and Terrace View
A church with many historical evidence speak a lot about its archaeological beauty. It is a wonder in itself and surprised us of how this structure was built at that time when we hardly had such Equipment like today. A divine calmness you feel inside attracts you towards the eternal almighty. There are few interesting facts about this church which includes;
- It is the fifth largest Christian church in the world.
- It has the most statues than any other building in the world. There are 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 figures that decorate Milan Duomo.
- It took thousands of workers and over six centuries to complete this enormous church and the work still going on.
Climb the stairs or take the lift to the rooftop to fully appreciate the architecture. Since we bought the tickets including lift to the rooftop, we bypassed the stairs tiredness. From the terrace, you will see breathtaking views across Milan. On clear days, you would see snow-capped peaks of the Alps. Gold-coloured statue of Mary that stands on the highest spire looks awe-inspiring.
Just across the Duomo square, Duomo Museum is a must visit place. After visiting the church we got entry to Museum with the same ticket. If your ticket didn’t include Museum entry, you can buy a separate ticket for Museum entry. Museum gives a perfect glimpse of the quality of sculpture and architecture of the renaissance period in Europe. There are several sections in museum and each section speaks its own story. There are many sculpture so alive, it feels they are talking to you. The central piece of the Museum is the model of the Duomo. In a short, it’s a kind of museum which thrills you and keep you bonded.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
By the time we got free from Museum, it was around 5 PM. We walked around the streets and went to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This is a shopping area just next to the Duomo Square. It is really lovely and picturesque complex. It’s very busy and also very expensive. To eat there, prices are triple as compared to other restaurants. Though, more interesting part was the architecture than the shops. Especially the spiral glass dome is amazingly beautiful.
Street Walk, Shop & Eat
It was around 6.30 PM and we were quite hungry. Just behind the Duomo, we could find out McDonald and we were just more than happy. We had a Veg and another Chicken dinner deal. Since it was McDonald so price was reasonable as compared to the other eatery shops. After that, we walked around the shopping street which was again just across the Duomo square. We could find lot of branded shops there and Milan didn’t let us down. We bought lot of stuff from the shopping street and once we were done from the shopping, we had a delicious double scoops ice cream. Now it was around 9:00 PM and we were quite surprised that we spend full day just around the Duomo square only and time went like quick. We got our Metro back to the nearest station and walked to the Hotel. Wish we could stay in Milan for one more day!