Your visit doesn’t end when you exit the Duomo, we suggest you go up to the rooftop terraces for an unforgettable experience.
251 steps to reach the first level or a quick ride in the elevator lead up to 8000m2 of roof terraces, the largest walkable roof on a Gothic cathedral in the world!
A forest of spires to immerse yourself in: thousands of intricate details carved in marble open up before your eyes like a beautiful book to leaf through and admire as you gaze upwards.
We’d like to draw your attention to two unusual details but keep your eyes peeled for other awesome gems! So, as you climb the staircase that leads from the first level to the top of the terraces look carefully at the decorations carved along the staircase towards the facade: you might be surprised to find that the ubiquitous occupants of the piazza, the pigeons, are immortalized here too!
Once you reach the top, check out the spires facing the piazza: on the left margin, you’ll find one representing two prize-fighters. Boxers on a cathedral, you might ask? Indeed: they were carved in memory of Primo Carnera, the great professional Italian boxer acclaimed worldwide.
Now, looking upwards, peek through the pinnacles and spires set on delicate flying buttresses to the breath-taking panorama: the mountains and skyscrapers on one side, the city on the other. The terraces are, in fact, one of the 10 must-see places from which to observe Milano from above.