The Duomo di Milano in Milan, Italy

I love old churches and cathedrals.  More than is normal considering I can probably count on two hands how many times I have attended an actual church service.  Suffice to say, I am not religious.  I think that might be exactly why the old churches appeal to me though, the idea of faith and religion being housed in magnificent medieval architectural wonders.  It’s enough to get the history nerd in me all riled up.

Duomo di Milano in Italy did just that.  For a variety of reasons.  The interior is spectacular in and of itself, claiming to be one of the largest cathedrals in the world.  The artwork hanging from the ceiling and the sculptures lining the walls are beautiful.  It is well worth a visit, especially considering it costs nothing to enter.

Despite the beauty of the interior, it was the exterior that caught my imagination.  More specifically, the roof.  Solely because I was able to climb to the top.  For five euros you can take the stairs or eight for the elevator to the top.  I took the stairs.  Once at the top, you can see much of Milan spread out before you.  It’s an impressive, if not necessarily beautiful sight.

What was beautiful were the numerous sculptures lining the roof top of the cathedral.  Hundreds of intricate sculptures of various saints stared back at me as I wandered around the roof.  The gleaming white façade gave it an almost surreal feel as the sun shone down on the various saints.

The European destination of Milan is usually associated with clubbing and high fashion.  And there is plenty of that to go around.  Shopping for Gucci can be done in most major cities, but when travel planning, the Duomo di Milano, and especially the roof, is an experience that can’t be duplicated.

Andy of the Europe a la Carte blogging team recommends these Milan attractions – the Last Supper painting, Michaelangelo’s unfinished Pieta Rondanini and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping arcade for your Milan sightseeing.

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About Marcus Cederstrom

I was born in Sweden and moved to the US just before my 6th birthday. I grew up in the United States eventually graduating from the University of Oregon. After graduation and about 17 years in the US I made the decision to move back to Sweden. I have been living in Stockholm since the summer of 2007. Since graduation I have traveled throughout eastern Australia as well as in Sweden and Europe.