The "gate of heaven" opens up to visitors as though they were climbing the ladder in Jacob's dream that reached up to heaven with "the angels of God ascending and descending on it".
View of interior Cathedral
The Cathedral is opening its door to the very top of the building: a series of rooms never open to the general public before now, and indeed rooms to which no one has had access for centuries apart from the builders under the guiding hand of the great architects who have followed in one another's footsteps down the ages. On reaching the area above the star-spangled vaults, one can walk "above" the nave and admire a series of magical panoramic views both "inside" and "outside" the Cathedral. The "gate of heaven" opens up to visitors as though they were climbing the ladder in the dream of Jacob who, when he awoke, exclaimed: "This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven".
1 March - 1 November: 10:30 am - 7:00 pm / Sundays, public holidays: 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm / Eve of public holidays: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm 2 November - 28 February (but not 26 December – 8 January): 10:30 am - 5:30 pm / Sundays, public holidays: 1:30 am - 5:30 pm / Eve of public holidays: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm 26 December - 8 January: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm / Sundays, public holidays: 1:30 am - 5:30 pm / Eve of public holidays: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm Cathedral: Sunday opening hours (March only): 1:30 am - 5:30 pm
Last admission half an hour before the museum closes. Religious services may lead to changes in the opening times.
A ticket to access to all the museums of the complex, including the Roof of the Duomo.
The Cathedral is by definition the house that welcomes the Christian community as it gathers together for liturgical celebrations, thus it is always accessible to the faithful for private prayer via the Porta del Perdono, the Gate of Forgiveness.
Weekdays:9:00 am (Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament) 10:00 am (Madonna del Voto Chapel) Public Holidays and the eve of Public Holidays8:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:15 am, 18:00 am (summer 18:30 am)
When the Cathedral's marble inlay floor is uncovered, mass is celebrated in the church of the Santissima Annunziata.
For mass times on solemn occasions or during special events, please consult the news section.