Milan cathedral fast-tracks the faithful

Duomo's Veneranda Fabbrica sets new opening hours and entrances for visits.

After an experimental period in May the Veneranda Fabbrica, the administrative body of Milan's cathedral, has announced new hours and two special entrances for those who are coming to the cathedral to pray or to visit the tombs of its saints and historic figures (such as Pope Paul VI and Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini).

The entrance at the extreme north of the church (Piazza del Duomo on the side of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II) will be open for the faithful from 08.00-19.00 every day. From 07.00-08.00 the entrance in Piazza del Duomo on the side of the Arcivescovado (archbishop's palace) will also be reserved for those who want to pray and worship. Those who attend the religious services daily can ask for a special pass in the cathedral's sacristy.

Once inside the cathedral the prayerful will also have areas reserved for their undisturbed use.

About 15,000 people are visiting the cathedral each day at the moment. The tourist entrance is in Piazza del Duomo on the side of the Palazzo Reale and the ticket price is €2. The hours are 08.00-22.00 Monday-Friday.08.00-22.00. Saturday 08.00-17.00 and 18.30-22.00. Sunday 13.30-17.00 and 18.30-22.00.

The need to buy a ticket is suspended on Saturday from 17.00-18.30, Sunday 08.00-13.30 and 17.00-18.30.

For details see the chiesadimilano website.