Milan's Duomo

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Parking in Milano

"When in Milano, I stay with relatives who live on a side street near the Piazza Reppublica. One morning, I witnessed a unique way to squeeze into a parking space. There was barely enough room for a driver to insert his car. So the man began pushing the parked car with his body. The front car moved ever so slightly forward, and the man was able to park his car."

A Walk on the Rooftop

One of the more accessible rooftop experiences in Italy is the Duomo in Milan. Unlike Notre Dame in Paris and the duomo in Florence, Milanís Duomo has an elevator taking tourists of all ages from street-level to the rooftop access. Once on the rooftop, there are more steps to climb but the walking is relatively safe and easy as seen in the picture above.

The rewards for your exertion (with or without mechanical assistance) are two-fold: there is the opportunity to see many of the statues up close and to view many of the notable buildings within sight, including the Torre Velasca, Castello Sforzesco, and the Palacio Arzobispal.

They say in Milan that the Duomo has been under construction for 400 years. That's close to the truth. These days much of the work is restoration due to the age the building and damage from the smog. The restoration crew stays busy.


  • The warm-weather smog in Milan is infamous. Make the trip to the roof your first stop of the day. Save the interior for later.
  • Driving and parking in the city is ill-advised. The metro is safe and inexpensive. Lines 1 (red) and 3 (yellow) have stops in the Piazza del Duomo.

(Palacio Arzobispal from the roof of the Duomo)

The tower of the Palacio Arzobispal (Archbishop's Palace) from the roof of the Duomo