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Italy
excerpted from Take Your Kids to Europe

Will your kids enoy a visit to a cathedral? Sure, if you don't go inside. One of our favorite stops in Italy is The Roof of the Milan Cathedral.

Milan, Italy's commercial center, is a mad, bustling metropolis with some of the craziest traffic anywhere on the continent. But high above the city you'll find a serene respite from Milan's hectic noise – on top of the cathedral, or Duomo.

Don't try to drive to the Duomo, as traffic is severely restricted in the city center. Instead, park your car near any subway stop and hop a ride on Milan's efficent Metropoliltana. Get off at the Duomo stop and walk across the Piazza del Duomo, around the left-hand side of the cathedral to the back corner. There, you'll find an elevator that takes you to the roof of the Duomo.

Imagine: you stoop under buttresses, steal a close-up peek at flamboyant Gothic tracery, eyeball saints and gargoyles, and even walk the very ridge pole of the immense building. The noise of the traffic fades far below and the view is stunning—all the way to the Alps, if it isn't too smoggy. Sturdy railings make the trek safe for small children (our artist got carried away when making the sketch above!); 135 marble spires and 2,245 marble statues make it exciting.

After you come down, drag the kids inside for a few minutes. The world's third-largest church is wonderfully ornate, and the munchkins may actually enjoy the mosaic floors and crown jewels on display.


The Duomo is open daily 9am-5:45pm; 9am-4:15pm offseason. M1 or M3 to Duomo station. Admission to the cathedral is free, but round-trip elevator tickets cost 5.00 Euros per person. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed inside.


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