After six years I returned to the city of Milan. I would rather have visited the lakes of Lombardia but the logistics of transportation were almost impossible so I returned to the city with a colleague who had never visited Italy. One of the things I wanted to do because when I was here in 2013, at the beginning of my Erasmus, I didn’t do was climb to the rooftop of the Duomo, Milan’s world famous cathedral.

To buy tickets there are several combined or individual passes. If you only want to enter the cathedral, it costs 3€, if you only want to go up to the roof is 10€ if you take the stairs (251 steps) or 14€ if you prefer to go by lift. The Duomo Museum costs 3€. Combined passes are worth if you want to visit more than two things. It’s worth buying online so you don’t have to go to the long queue inside the Duomo merchandising store. When we were there already for about 15 minutes we found out that there were machines on the left to buy the tickets, much faster, but that only accept card payments.

We then climbed the 251 steps and when we reached the top we thought it was going to be a lot worse and we felt super fit, mainly because when we were going back down we came across a girl halfway up whose breath was heard two floors above. The Gothic flamboyant cathedral is of incredible detail, from the hoisting to the gargoyles and the 136 pinnacles, all in marble. It took more than four hundred years to build it, from 1386 to 1813, although the actual doors to the main façade were not installed until 1965. Although some parts are in the process of being rebuilt and therefore covered, I thought it was worth the money. It is not crowded and has views of the entire city.

Right next to the Duomo is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest shopping mall opened since 1877. Inside these cross-archways you will find the most luxurious Italian shops like Gucci, Prada or Versace.