Definitely visit the inside of the Cathedral, and take the steps or the elevator to the viewing terraces on the roof.
From the top there is an incredible close up look at the spires and architecture of the Duomo, as well as a bird’s eye view of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and surrounding streets.
Aperitivo with a quite a view: The top floor of the department store La Rinascente is a food lovers paradise. Filled with gourmet food and small restaurants. The best part of the 7th floor is the terrace with a view. Have aperitivo or lunch on the terrace and enjoy what may be the world’s best view of the Duomo.
A Useful Tip: if you don’t want to take 7 floors of escalators and wind your way through the crowded store, enter on the side street, via S. Raffaele. Look for the Rinascente entrance on your right and take the elevator straight up.
Its always good to stop and have a drink at Bar Camparino, (aka Zucca) at the entrance to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The Caffé dates back to 1867 when the Galleria was inaugurated.
It was an important meeting place for artists and thinkers of the time including the great Italian musicians Puccini, Verdi, and Toscanini who would meet for drinks with friends and artists after the show at nearby La Scala Opera House.
It is a picturesque space with colourful mosaic tiles on the walls and a wooden inlaid bar. Join the locals at the bar, rather than sitting at the tables where the price of everything is much higher.
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