Museo del Duomo

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  • Day3

    Our Final Day

    February 15 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    We slept!!! We actually slept!! I don't remember putting my head down to sleep but I didn't wake up till 5am and then 10:30am. Heaven!! But I actually feel more tired from sleeping ha. I think I need a week to catch up on sleep.

    We had a rather slow morning which was nice and then just went for a wander. We came across a very cute Trattoria. So we went for a valentines 2 course lunch with wine. We are going to have zero money when we get back so we are making the most of it now! The lunch was really yummy. We noticed that the service for the Italian customers was impeccable. As soon as they were seated they were given a basket of bread and water for the table. We were barely given a menu... I must admit this is now our second day here and I'm not finding Italy very welcoming... I've not had a single person smile back at me. Anyway I didn't let the terrible service ruin our meal. When all the various items arrived we had a really lovely meal.

    Our first sight seeing spot for the day was the vertical forest of Isola. We then jumped on the metro and visited the Duomo. In case you ever go and get a ticket for the Duomo from the ticket office ignore the ladies that give you a ticket number and tell you to wait. I honestly don't know why they do that when there are ticket machines further in. We had already waited half a hour for our number of 365. It was only on 277 when we discovered the machines. Within 2 minutes we had purchased the ticket and were out. It was about 5pm by this point and inside the Duomo it was freezing. My whole body ached. Although it was beautiful I just couldn't help but want to leave.

    After the Duomo we went to the Gallery and spun on the famous bulls balls for good luck before heading to GROM for a hot chocolate.

    For dinner we went to Pizzeria Piccola Ischia. I would 100% recommend it here. They serve delicious Napalese pizza for only €7.50 and wine for €5.50 for 1/2l. We even treated ourselves to a tiramasu which was served in an espresso cafetiere. It was to die for!

    By 10pm I was once again fast asleep, but unfortunately didn't sleep through the night. I was up at 3:30am with huge stomach cramps. I don't think our stomachs are used to this much dairy 😢
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  • Day9

    Duomo di Milan - the Milan Cathedral

    September 7, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We saved the biggest and the best church for last. Thankfully we had pre-booked our tickets to go into the Duomo and to go to the rooftop, and once again we somehow managed to avoid the long lines and crowds. It has been a great day for this with big tour groups entering places as we are leaving and we have had room to view everything without the crowds. Hope this luck continues.

    I'm not sure there are words to actually describe the Duomo and being one of the more famous in the world I don't know that I actually need to. It is still so hard to fathom how such impressive structures were constructed in the time they were built.

    It is the largest church in Italy (the larger St. Peter's Basilica is in the State of Vatican City) and the third largest in the world and took nearly six centuries to complete. Construction of the cathedral began in 1386 with the help of Milan's first duke, Gian Galeazzo Visconti. The duke made all of the most valuable resources available so that the edifice would be the greatest in the world. In 1418 the cathedral was consecrated, but construction was still underway, the building process continued until 1813. Up until 1965 finishing touches were still being added to the church. As the cathedral took so long to build it was influenced by a number of architectural styles but overall the general impression is of an elaborate Gothic design.

    The cathedral is 157 meters long and can accommodate 40,000 people. The exterior, covered with marble, is topped with 135 spires and pinnacles bearing statues while the central spire is 109 meters from the ground. In all the building has 3159 statues of which 2245 are on the exterior. The Madonnina is the most famous of the cathedral statues, a copper figure which stands on the cathedrals central spire.

    There was just so much to look at and admire and I was really disappointed that this was the day my camera had decided to no longer work and all I had was my iphone camera. Just not the same zoom power.

    Going up to the rooftop was unbelievable. We were standing on the roof of the Milan Cathedral and were up close and personal with a lot of the amazing statues, gargoyles, arches and facades. It was very impressive.

    Even more impressive was the interior, the stained glass windows, the alters, the columns, everywhere we turned we would utter another "wow". Yet again a place filled with history and beauty. I totally understand how this is one of the world's most famous cathedrals.

    We end our sight-seeing with a visit to the excavations of a 4th century Christian baptistery, After seeing so much history I am surprised that this still astounds me but it does.

    I absolutely loved spending time in the Duomo and would visit it again if we returned to Milan.
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  • Day321

    400 years

    November 17, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Did you know that Duomo Cathedral in Milano owns a marvel quarry to be exclusively used for construction and repair of the cathedral that lasted for 400 years? I didn't...

You might also know this place by the following names:

Museo del Duomo, Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano

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