30 August Aug 2015 1156 one year ago

Cinema under the gaze of the Madonnina. How movies tell the city

A special guided tour to discover the Duomo at cinema

 - On the occasion of the Milano Film Festival, that for 11 days will gather before the screens on public spaces more than 100.000 people from all over the world, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano is glad to offer, on Sunday 13th September at 19.00, a special guided tour 'CINEMA UNDER THE GAZE OF THE MADONNINA. How movies tell the city', to tell the story of the Cathedral through the scenes of unforgettable movies, filmed just among its spires: Rocco and His Brothers, Miracle in Milan, What a beautiful day, I am Love are just few of the movies that dedicated to the Duomo di Milano some precious moments.

 - In fact, the Duomo does not only involve the life and the Imaginary of Milanese people: it also lived in the fantasy and in the art of many and renowned directors and movie makers. A journey through the original places and images, among anecdotes and technical difficulties to "breath cinema" on the Duomo.

 - If Dino Risi gave the first tries of his enquiring eye in some short movies recently restored, Vittorio De Sica became one of the most famous and quoted artists (even by Spielberg!) in the world with the renowned scene of Piazza Duomo flown over by homeless people on flying brooms in Miracle in Milan in 1951. In the '60s De Sica showed the Duomo again in the frivolous Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, just a few after the tragic and sublime Rocco and His Brothers by Luchino Visconti, with one of the most unforgettable shooting of the Duomo Terraces in history. A never fading interest involving both committed directors, such as Luca Guadagnino with his "stolen Duomo" in the glossy I am Love, and more easy-going and simple film makers as Castellano and Pipolo in Il Ragazzo di Campagna. If the irriverent movie What a beautiful day with the comic actor Checco Zalone, box office record in 2011, became a true blockbuster, the Fabbrica del Duomo producted movies, such as Murder in the Cathedral, to record the Opera performed in the Duomo. And it is not to be forgotten the important event, recorded in 4k and distributed through USB cards, of the Moses by Gioachino Rossini, with the extraordinary participation of Ruggero Raimondi, and the stunning videomapping projections on the naves and the ancient vaults of the Cathedral.

UP TO SUGGESTIVE PROJECTIONS IN A UNIQUE FRAME - The Duomo has also been a place of projections: of the shootings by Luce and by Dino Risi in 2012, of beautiful movies in 2014 on the occasion of DUOMovie, among which The Gospel according to St. Matthew by Pasolini on the Terraces, or of amazing mapping inside the Duomo or on the facade, such as "History that made history" in 2013 on the occasion of the opening of the New Museum, and Stone and Prayer in 2015.

Info and booking: The special guided tour 'CINEMA UNDER THE GAZE OF THE MADONNINA. How movies tell the city' will take place on Sunday 13th September at 19.00, will last one hour and have a price of € 18,00 each person, including ascent to the Terraces with elevator (special € 9,00 fare for subscribers to the Milano Film Festival and for the under 12). Booking is compulsory by sending an email to   

At the end of this charming guided tour, our guides will be glad to let the visitors discover Rest@Duomo, the Veneranda Fabbrica Food Corner, located in the beautiful Sala delle Colonne in the Duomo Museum, to drink a chalice of good wine and enjoy a surprise* tasting for a special price! 

*also available, on request, variations for coeliac and vegetarian people