During the Expo 2015 months
Milan’s iconic Duomo will charge tourists €2 for admission throughout the period of Expo 2015, the Veneranda Fabbrica cathedral management company has announced.
Only the faithful who come to pray will be allowed to enter free – but through one of the side entrances in Via Vescovado. They will then have access to a reserved section of the nave, where they should remain undisturbed by tourists coming to see the artworks.
The ticket sales personnel at the side entrance will have the task of deciding whether the visitor has come to pray or simply to admire the building and its contents.
While free entry to the cathedral will be for only those coming to pray every day from 07.00 to 19.00, entry will be without charge for everybody, including tourists, on Saturdays from 16.00 to 19.00 and Sundays from 07.00 to 19.00.
Since queues have been forming at the Duomo doors with the arrival of Expo visitors who are taking the opportunity to see more of the city, barriers are being set up to keep visitors waiting in orderly lines.
The Duomo has also launched a snack point, called rest@duomo open every day from 08.00 to 23.00, in the Sala delle Colonne in the cathedral museum. Under the guidance of Michelin-starred, Milanese chef Lino Valli, rest@duomo will serve typical local fare, including take-away packed meals for the visitor in a hurry.