One of the best things to do when visiting Milan, Italy, is to take the elevator to the roof of the Duomo (the Duomo terraces) and get a great view of the city with the intricate carvings and statues of the Duomo in the foreground.
Milan Cathedral Map
Milan Duomo Travel Toolbox
You'll need to purchase tickets before you can go up to the "terraces" of the Duomo. You can buy them in a ticket office near the "back" of the duomo at Sale delle Colonne, Piazza del Duomo, 14/a.
This is what the official website of the TicketOne says about the visit:
The Duomo Terraces are one of the most charming places in Milan. From a height of about 50 meters, it is possible to admire the extraordinary panorama of the city, crowned by a myriad of statues, spires, crests and flying buttresses. Covered by plates of Candoglia marble, the Terraces extend on a surface of 8.000 square meters. From here an unusual point of view over the Duomo architecture and a unique view can be enjoyed, especially on bright days, when the gaze could even reach the Alps and the Apennine Mountains on the horizon.
They'll sell you tickets in advance, but on our visit (confirmed by a search of other travelers experiences) an advanced ticket isn't really necessary.
This link will provide you with ticket prices and opening hours of every part of the Duomo, including the terraces. Note that taking the elevator adds substantial cost to the visit.
Restaurants in the Piazza del Duomo
On the north side of the Duomo you can get a quick bite at the Autogrill (it's not just for Autostrade any more) or go to the top of the Rinascente department store to have a meal on the terrace and look at the Duomo from on high.
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