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Milan is about Piazza del Duomo, one of the major landmarks in the city. The setting is rectangular, with a vast area about 183,000 square feet. The piazza is by far the foremost tourist attraction of the city. In the centre of the square, the statue of the first king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II stands impressively.

What had charmed me about the main plaza is not because of the fact it is the main shopping streets, but the magnificent architectures of the piazza and Milan Duomo. The structure of the piazza consists of an octagonal space topped with a glass dome. The arcade contains restaurants, cafes and bars (some of them are the oldest in town) and high-end brands such as Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton… 

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Milan Duomo is the fifth largest cathedral in the world, displaying a flamboyant Gothic architectural design. Although the construction started since 1386, it was dragged on for centuries and was finally completed in 1965. Many architects were involved and the original design kept altered, but the final outcome was surprisingly homogenous Gothic design.
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Milan Duomo

The Milan Duomo is free to enter, but you’ll need to pay a fee if you want to enter the Treasury or Crypt (located inside the church) or access the rooftop (elevator and stair entrances located outside the church). The interior is expansive but rather low in light. Visitors are expected to keep the noise level low as there are people who come here to pray.
An important thing to note for those planning to enter the cathedral is the dress code. There guards at the doors strictly check if your dressing covers your shoulders and knees. Initially I was not allowed to enter, but luckily I had my scarf with me. I just need to wear my scarf around my waist, like a sarong.
The interior inside the Duomo

The interior inside the Duomo

I would advise you to be careful of the street vendors offering birdseed for feeding the pigeons. It is a way to steal while you’re distracted. Another favourite trick is to ask you to break a large bill. The bill they give you in return is usually counterfeit, but by the time you realise, they’re already gone with your money. Or, even offering help to take photos, but run away with your camera.

City of Milan is about lifestyle and fashion. Despite of being one of the most ancient cities in Europe, Milan remains the centre for high-end fashion, all about fashion designers, supermodels and international paparazzi.

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