Piazza Duomo, Milan

The Best Milan Neighborhoods for Street and Urban Photography: Duomo and La Scala

Piazza Duomo, with its stunning gothic cathedral, is certainly the heart of Milan and it has been since its foundation. Road distances from the city are computed from this spot.

Piazza Duomo, Milan
Piazza Duomo, Milan

The white Cathedral (“il Duomo”) is an amazing subject to photograph, but especially so at the blue hour, when it is lit up, and in the afternoon, when the sun shines on its westward-facing façade.

The Duomo, Milan
The Duomo, Milan

The large square in front of the church is a popular meeting place for tourists and locals alike. Street photographers with an attentive eye will be able to capture many interesting scenes, if they spend enough time there.

Piazza Duomo, Milan
Piazza Duomo, Milan
Piazza Duomo, Milan
Piazza Duomo, Milan
Piazza Duomo, Milan
Piazza Duomo, Milan

By paying a small fee, one has the possibility of taking an elevator to the cathedral’s roof. From there, the view over the center of Milan is beautiful and can be very atmospheric on a foggy day.

From the roof of the Duomo, Milan
From the roof of the Duomo, Milan

A number of interesting buildings line the sides of the square, most notably the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, nicknamed Milan’s Living Room, the Royal Palace and the Arengario.

The Royal Palace hosts temporary art shows, while the adjacent Arengario is home to the Museo del Novecento, a permanent exhibition of XX Century works of art.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan
Arengario and Torre Velasca, Milan
Arengario and Torre Velasca, Milan

The western side of the square opens onto Via dei Mercanti, with its medieval Palazzo della Ragione, where photography exhibitions are frequently hosted.

Palazzo della Ragione, Milan
Palazzo della Ragione, Milan

From the opposite side departs Corso Vittorio Emanuele, a long pedestrian street lined with shops and boutiques. Many Milanese and visitors come shopping here.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Milan
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Milan
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Milan
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Milan

Join me and award-winning street photographer Steve Simon for an unforgettable week of living and breathing photography in one of the world’s most fascinating cities, Milan, Italy.

Milano Passionate Street and Urban Photography with Steve Simon and Ugo Cei

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