Amazing Photos of Milan’s Duomo in a Thunderstorm


Along with Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ fresco, Milan’s grand duomo is one of the most iconic images of Italy’s most industrious city. This past May we spent 2 days in Milano during a week long trip to Italy’s northern Lombardia region. Upon exiting from the staircare of the Duomo metro stop we were immediately greeted by the impressive gothic cathedral that took nearly 600 years to complete. While construction began in 1386, it wasn’t until 1965 that the Duomo was finished, giving proper meaning to the phrase “they just don’t build em’ like they used to.” The clouds were ominous so we immediately started taking pictures as we knew our time before a downpour was imminent. We lucked out in capturing some great photos of Milan’s Duomo in a thunderstorm, many from under the awning of the neighbouring shopping arcade, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Milan Duomo in storm clouds
Milan Duomo Square and horse statue

Milan Duomo in the Rain
Milan Duomo Metro Stop
We knew it was about to start pouring as soon as all the pigeons simultaneously flew out of the Piazza. Once it started raining we scattered for shelter, alongside hundreds of others. One exception was a lady pictured below, who stood in the downpour to admire this magnificent cathedral, with the square all to herself.

Milan Duomo Piazza in the Rain
Milanase Lady in the Rain
Milan’s Arcade, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the oldest and most beautiful shopping plazas in Europe, was an inspiring break from the rain. The plaza features some of Italy’s finest boutique shops like Prada and Louis Vuitton. You can also sit at an indoor bistro terrace and enjoy a meal or drinks in the beautiful setting pictured below, with Milan’s Duomo just outside. We didn’t sit down but instead grabbed fast food pizza from Pizzeria Spontini, which turned out to be one of our favourites in Italy (and we ate a lot of pizza!).

Milan Arcade, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

If you have a few days in Milan, along with strolling around the Duomo, Piazza, Arcade and Milan’s beautiful fortress (the Castello Sforzesco) sitting for dinner and drinks in the gorgeous Canal district (Navigli) is also a must. Milan is famous for happy hour, where if you pay a little more for your drink, an assortment of food is included, often times a buffet. We enjoyed wine and complimentary food near the Duomo at one of the many chic establishments, where a table of men in fancy business suits had a fashion book open to a page with a topless model, something you definitely don’t see every day but seemed comically appropriate in the world’s fashion capital, amid this lavish setting. Milan is also the city that inspired Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz to add espresso to their menu in the 1980’s. And the rest is history…

Milan Cathedral Piazza, Ray Ban
Milan Cathedral from Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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