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Summer events at Milan Duomo

From June to August a rich calendar of initiatives and special guided tours

Terrazze Del Duomo Al Tramonto
25 May May 2023 1004 25 May 2023


Also for 2023, given the success recorded last year, Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano welcomes summer with a rich calendar of events and guided tours of the Cathedral Rooftops.

From 1 June to 31 August 2023, every Thursday (except 8 June), when the sunset shades shine upon the precious pink marble of Candoglia, Visitors will have the incredible opportunity to enjoy the majestic spectacle of the hundred and thirty-five spires and the many statues that populate the walls of the Duomo in the evening.

Visitors will be able to exceptionally access the Cathedral Rooftops by lift (from € 15.00 full / € 7.50 reduced), until 10pm (with the last climb scheduled at 8:40pm), to admire, from a privileged point of view, the solemn and silent stone forest, the beautiful ornaments and the Madonnina in the most evocative moment of the day: the sunset.

For the occasion also the Ticket Office 3 - Groups Duomo Info Point (Piazza del Duomo, on the facade, right side) will remain open until 8:30pm.

An experience made even more enchanting thanks to a special live musical accompaniment that, from about 8:30pm, will delight the visit of all those present among the spires of the Cathedral. The notes of many artists and musical performers will echo on the Duomo Terraces, rising to the sky to welcome the arrival of the evening.

The evening opening starts on Thursday, June 1, with the clarinet of Sergio del Mastro and the oboe of Omar Zoboli.

15 June 2023

Gabriele Oliveti, violin - Chiara Oliveti, violin

On Thursday, July 6, the pianist Alessandro Martire returns as a special guest of the musical moment. For the occasion, his iconic personal piano "Waves", with an elegant and refined design, designed by the composer himself, will be moved on the Cathedral Rooftops where the young artist will perform his own compositions and will give all visitors a particularly suggestive experience.

The evening opening of the Terraces will not take place on Thursday, June 8 and, on June 15, the musical moment will be anticipated at 7:30pm.

In case of rain, the musical performance will be suspended.

Consult the musical programme



To enrich the wide program of summer initiatives, on Thursday evening there will also be special guided tours on Duomo Rooftops to discover the spires, gargoyles and the incredible statues made of Candoglia marble that, like stone stalagmites, rise to the sky. A visit to rediscover the sculptural tradition handed down by the skill of the stonecutters who dedicate wisdom and care to every artifact and architectural detail that make the Cathedral unique in the world.
To discover this universe of stone and prayer the Veneranda Fabbrica every Thursday, in conjunction with the evening opening of the Terraces, organizes an exclusive one-hour guided tour, in Italian and English, where visitors can travel through history and train their gaze to the infinite beauty of the Milan Duomo.

  • THURSADY 1 - 15 - 22 - 29 JUNE at 7pm in ITALIAN - at 7.30 in ENGLISH
  • THURSDAY 6 – 13 – 20 – 27 JULY at 7pm in ITALIAN - at 7.30 in ENGLISH
  • THURSDAY 3 – 10 – 17 – 24 - 31 AUGUST at 7.30 in ENGLISH

VISITING PATH: Rooftops with Fast-Track access
DURATION: 60 minutes
LANGUAGES: Italian and English



From Saturday, June 10 2023, the Candoglia Quarry (not far away from Ossola Valley, and confining with Piedmont), the place where the precious marble of the Duomo have been extracted for over six centuries, finally reopens to guided tours.

Veneranda Fabbrica offers exclusive tours to discover this enchanting mountain where everything began, with an itinerary to retrace all the charm of the marble streets and relive the great work of workers and stonecutters, engaged in the construction and maintenance of the Cathedral, the symbol of Milan.

The initiative is also possible thanks to the valuable collaboration of the Municipality of Mergozzo (VB). It was Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Lord of Milan, who decided to replace the brick, originally designed for the construction of the Duomo, with marble. For this purpose, on 24 October 1387, he gave the Candoglia Quarry to Veneranda Fabbrica for its exclusive use and granted the free transport of the marble to Milan via the waterways.

The small width of the vein of this marble makes its extraction difficult and expensive. This uncertainty, however, has never stopped the Veneranda Fabbrica's commitment, which still faces the great task of preserving the Monument with responsibility, taking care of the maintenance of the quarry thanks to the use of highly qualified personnel and with the support of technologies.

JUNE 2023

  • FRIDAY 16 - 23 - 30 JUNE at 9:30am and 11:30am
  • SATURDAY 10 – 17 - 24 JUNE at 9:30 and 11:30am

JULY 2023

  • FRIDAY 7 – 14 – 21 – 28 JULY at 9:30am and 11:30am
  • SATURDAY 8 – 15 – 22 – 29 JULY at 9:30am and 11:30am


  • FRIDAY 4 - 25 AUGUST at 9:30am and 11.30am
  • SATURDAY 5 AUGUST at 9:30am and 11.30am


  • FRIDAY 1 – 8 - 15 SEPTEMBER at 9:30am and 11:30
  • SABATO 2 – 9 - 16 SEPTEMBER at 9:30am and 11:30

VISIT PATH: Candoglia Quarry

All participants who attend Candoglia Quarry guided tours will have the opportunity, if they wish so, to make a free guided tour to discover the charming village of Mergozzo, so as to complete the journey to discover the marble streets.


Visit to Candoglia Quarry: 1hour and 30 minutes
Visit to Mergozzo: 1 hour and 15 minutes

During the visit of the Quarry visitors will access the places where every day craftsmen and stonecutters work to extract the pink marble destined for the restorations of Milan Cathedral. A visit that ranges from geology to history, to discover the unique characteristics of this material, the ancient techniques of processing and transport along the waterways, the lifetime difficulties in the quarry and the evolution of extraction techniques. A journey to discover the work of sculptors and ornamentists still engaged in the realization of the decorative elements of the Cathedral, whose originals are subject to bewitchment and are replaced with copies.

At the end of the visit to the quarry, on Friday and Saturday afternoon at 3pm and 4:30pm, participants can deepen this fascinating history of marble and the link between the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo and Mergozzo taking part in a guided tour to discover the main attractions of the village.
The visit will start from the Archaeological Museum to learn about the oldest history of Candoglia and the neighboring territories, and continue through the streets of Mergozzo touching the picturesque porch of the chapels with the boundary stone of Veneranda Fabbrica, the exhibition space on stone at the Antica Latteria and the Romanesque church of Santa Marta, where elements of the Milan Duomo granted by Veneranda Fabbrica were reused.
The meeting point to take part in the visit of Mergozzo is at the Archaeological Museum in via Roma 8.



Via Carlo Maria Martini, 1 – 20122 Milan
Tel. +39.02.72023375 – tour@fabbricaservizi.it