What can be more representative of Milan than the Duomo? The church dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente, built by the will of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, is the symbol of the city as well as one of the first things to see as soon as you step into Milan.
The works for the Milan Cathedral began in 1386 and finished only in the 20th century with the birth of a magnificent monument, featuring marvelous stained glass windows and beautiful carved decorations.
This majestic structure is the most significant testimony of Gothic architecture, which leaves no room for doubt: it is the only one in which Northern characters and Lombard elements merge.
The beauty of the Duomo is completed by the main spire where the famous Madonnina stands, a golden copper statue, 4 meters high. If you visit the church on a beautiful sunny day, you will enjoy a wonderful view of the city and the Alps from the terraces.
Inside you do not have to miss the presbytery area, set in the second half of the 500's.
At the top of the apsidal vault is located the relic of the Sacred Nail of the Cross. Just to give you some numbers: the structure is 157 meters long, 92 meters wide and the spire is 108,50 meters high. The Duomo hosts 3,500 statues, including the 96 giants and 150 doccioni.
Opening hours: Mon - Sun (08.00 AM - 07.00 PM)
Admission: from €3,50 online tickets
How to reach: Metro Duomo
Address: Piazza del Duomo
Born in Riccione, a seaside town on the Italian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Of Italian father and a Russian mother, I always define myself a crossroads of cultures, in fact I never identified with a nationality, considering myself a real world citizen.
From the early years of life I've traveled, living periods of time abroad, experiences that have further increased my openness towards the new and the different, and the ability to think outside the box.
I'm graduated Expert for Tourism, and continued hmy studies with a Masters Degree in Economics and Management. During and after the studies, I had a multitude of different jobs, mostly oriented towards tourism (my true passion, together with art and opera). Since 2008 I lives in Milan, working in the finance department of an Italian multinational company.
My passion for culture, led me to found in 2013, Kitabu, a publishing house specializing in the publication of books in electronic format, with which in 2015 I launched various projects regarding web-based magazines about different cultural and leisure themes, on of wich is TravelTv.
Despite the many commitments, however, I've never stopped traveling extensively the world, trying in every place to identify myself with the local population.