A dress code for the Duomo – Milano!
The visit of Milan can’t be complete if you don’t go to the Basilica Cattedrale Metropolitana della Natività della Beata Vergine Maria, well known as Duomo of Milan. This Gothic Cathedral is the fifth largest church in the world and the second in Italy. Beyond being an artistic monument, the Duomo of Milan is a privileged place of prayer and the main church of the Diocese. Dedicated to the birth of Saint Virgin Mary, the Cathedral is the heart of the liturgical tradition and its soul is the liturgical prayer, which lives and testimonies for the Gospel of Christ.
So, this is reason why everyone who wants to visit the Cathedral must consider the sacrality of the place and check what the dress code consider as inappropriate.
To assist you in your preparation for the visit to the Duomo of Milan here is a list of what you can’t wear:
- bare shoulder attire, no singlets, spaghetti straps, tank tops, tubes etc.
- bare back or plunging necklines attire
- Shorts or Short skirts that leave your legs naked from thight down
- Caps, men and women alike are required to remove their hats while in the church
- Sunglasses, please take them off when inside the cathedral
- Sandals, please refrain from using open sandals and flip flops
If you are visiting the city during summer you can use a shawl or a sweater to cover your shoulders or legs just for the time of the visit. Remember that it’s forbidden to bring with you inside: helmets, glass objects, suitcases, banners and symbols that refers to movements, associations, subjects and expression of ideologies or political reality.
When choosing the appropriate shoes, be aware that shoes with metal soles or shoes with heels are not suggested because there are some slippery, narrow and steep passages along some areas of the Complex and not all the staircases are equipped with handrails.
Starting from 2018, the Duomo introduced some security checks at the entrance of the Duomo. In order to facilitate the controls, all the visitors are invited to collaborate by opening their bags and empting their pockets from metal objects. Avoid bringing with you big bags, backpacks and objects that might be considered dangerous and could block your entrance.
Don’t make yourself take from the panic because of all these restrictions! Just follow the dress code and experience Milan’s most spectacular cathedral and its terrace from where you can enjoy the best panoramic views of the city.
So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of the skip-the-line with our Duomo and Terrace Tour and meet your local and knowledgeable English-speaking tour leader. At the end of the Duomo Tour you can enjoy some authentic Italian gelato.