Milan Duomo Tour with Rooftop Terrace Access

Scale the cathedral for a new perspective on the city
From US$318 privately
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Tour Details
2 hours
Product Type
  • Duomo - Cathedral of Milan
  • Duomo Terraces
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  • Experience Milan's impressive architecture and layout from the rooftop of the Duomo
  • Led by a historian or architect
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Tour Description
When looking at a map of Milan, the city’s streets extend out like a spider web from the Duomo, the center of Milan. With its impressively adorned marble facade and thousands of statues and pinnacles scraping the sky, this Gothic cathedral is an incredible architectural and artistic feat. On this two-hour Duomo rooftops terrace tour, we will visit three sections of the Duomo with a local art historian or expert. We’ll take our time exploring the rooftop and strolling through the main cathedral interior. This tour is ideal for those with a keen interest in digging deeper into the history of this inspiring structure and peeling back the layers of the Duomo’s history.

For a glance at the Duomo we recommend our Introduction to Milan Tour.

On Top of the Duomo

We’ll begin our Duomo rooftop tour by heading to the top of the Duomo by elevator to admire Milan’s panorama from over one hundred and fifty feet up. In our small group, we will be able to tip toe on top of centuries of history and work our way around the entirety of the marble rooftop. Our guide will explain the meanings behind the sculptures and gargoyles that are within touching distance. We’ll meander our way around spires and through numerous ornate arches as we marvel at the sights around us; meanwhile, the elevation will allow for our guide to comment on the skyline surrounding us and place greater Milan in perspective. This is a highlight of any trip to Milan and we will be fortunate enough to have expert-led commentary throughout the terrace visit, which will ensure we leave Milan’s skies knowing more than when we ascended the elevator together.

Exploring the Duomo Interior

Once we’re back on solid ground, we’ll proceed to the inside of the Duomo as we learn more about the long history behind this formidable structure. The project took nearly six hundred years to complete with various architectural leaders managing this enormous project, leading to a visible variety of different styles and sensibilities on its edifice. We’ll explore the Duomo with our guide pointing out various architectural characteristics and design methods that could go unnoticed to the untrained eye. 

Take Aways

At the end of our Duomo rooftop tour, we will leave one other with a heightened appreciation, both conceptual and physical, of the Duomo. We will gain a comprehensive understanding of the complicated craftsmanship that went into the construction of this giant structure. Our goal is for participants to come away with a more robust knowledge of Milan’s most celebrated structure and enjoy the dynamic rooftop views.


Please Note: Due to ongoing repair work, elevators used for the descent from the terraces may be closed, in which case visitors will descend on foot.


Where does it start and where does it end? 
We start and end near the Duomo (including going inside).

I'm scared of heights. Would you recommend this tour?
If you have any sense of vertigo, we would not recommend this tour for you. We will spend over 45 minutes on the rooftop of the Duomo which is about 150 ft high.

Do you go in an elevator or via the stairs to the rooftop?
You will have access to two separate elevators to reach the rooftop, however, there is a staircase that is required to take on the way back down. We do advise caution due to the staircase used to descend from the rooftop. The staircase has approximately 100 steps, and it may be challenging for some to navigate. 

Is this tour walking intensive, and/or wheelchair accessible?
We do not recommend this experience for people with reduced mobility or wheelchair users. Please reach out to our team with any questions you might have and we would we happy to guide you towards a tour that fits all of your needs.

Is this tour appropriate for children?
This walk is not a part of our official family program. That said, we may be able to arrange a visit with a family-friendly guide. Please contact us.

I've heard the lines are long for the Duomo. Can we skip them?
We purchase skip-the-line tickets however everyone must go through the same security procedures. This can sometimes take longer than expected however having skip-the-line tickets can speed the process up.

What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.

Do you reserve headsets for this tour? 
Depending on your group size, we may be required by the venue to order headsets in which case you’ll see a “Headset Fee” added to your order. If you would like to guarantee headsets for your tour regardless of your group size, please email us and we’ll be happy to get them reserved for you.

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Great way to experience and learn about the cathedral. The trek to the rooftop is amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and she made it very interesting. Highly recommend!
Katrina did an excellent job tying in her experience and expertise into the tour. Her English was fantastic. Thank you for a great tour.
Valeria is an exceptional guide and engaging tour companion. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Milan Duomo and its terraces despite there being more stairs than I had originally anticipated! Not only does she provide a solid historic overview of the cathedral, but she knows interesting little facts about monuments and parts of the cathedral that you might not pick up on if you alone or traveling with a guidebook in hand. That was particularly true on the Duomo terraces where it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the view and not realize some of the important things that you are seeing both about the cathedral and the city around you. A great context tour, but if I’m honest I’m honest, two hours is nowhere near enough to appreciate the Duomo. I was glad to have Valeria to introduce me to the Duomo and then I spent another two hours wandering around the site. A great day out! PS. Take them out their word. And Valeria warned me again before we started. Even using the elevator, there are a number of steps up to the roof top of course on the downward trip. Certainly doable, but do be prepared.