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The Duomo Tips (14)

Feeding the Doves @ Dumo

Be very careful with guys who come up to you and thrust corn into your hands to feed the pigeons in from on the Dumo. Even though this makes a fantastic picture with the dones eating from your palm... they guys who give you the corn try to rip you off. They are you where you are from and ask to be compensated like wise... as we were from New York they guy tried to ask for 20 Euros... I said dude take a hike. The corn that you have us was only few pennies however I will give you 3 buck nothing more.

Unique Suggestions Even though the rip off is post you enjoying the crazy pigeons eating out of your hands. Its a fantastic sight and make great pictures. Do do it the pictures are immemorable.

Fun Alternatives None other I can remember in Milan.

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Feb 01, 2010

"Free for you!" I think NOT!!

Around the Duomo in the Piazza, there are a few men who will approach you and hand you a wrist band… sort of like a friendship bracelet and say to you that it is Free!! WALK AWAY!!!! If you try to be polite like we did, then he will engage in conversation and tie one of these wrist bands around your wrist tightly so that you can't take it off; then demand a donation for Africa in the amount of 10 Euros. On a separate occasion, one of them rested it on my husbands arm and when he tried to hand it back he refused to take it back and demanded money for it.

Unique Suggestions These men are from Africa and they will be carrying a bunch of multicolored wrist bands with them. When you see them....avoid them and do not stop.

Fun Alternatives If you can't avoid them, then be firm and say no. They will most probably say something nasty as you walk away but it better than being fooled into paying for one of these.

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Feb 14, 2007

La Madunina

In the centre of Milan there is the the most important church, the Duomo. Look on the top, there is a statue, she is "la madunina" who protects people of Milan.

Unique Suggestions Visit the church, the basements and the museum.

Fun Alternatives visit the roof and go up by stairs!

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Jul 17, 2006

Are you attracted to pigeons?

There's a big business with pigeons - just stop in the middle of the Duomo place to photograph the pigeons and you will be approached by some "specialists" who will offer you some food for the pigeons, will ask if you want to have the photo with the birds and so on and so on. It's quite difficult to escape the following "you need to pay" moment.

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Apr 04, 2006
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Look to eat away from the Duomo!

Prices in the Duomo square area at the cafes and restaurants are pretty high. There is no need to pay 3.50 Euro for a piece of bread or for an espresso! Do a little walking away from the centre and you will probably get a better meal for a more reasonable price!

Nov 13, 2005

Pigeon Feeders

Two or three men approach you at the Piazza del Duomo and seem enthusiastic to help you. They'll give you corn to feed the pigeons and they'll offer to take you a photo. Even if you refuse, they'll put the food in your hands. The rudest part is that after you accept, they'll ask for 5 euros for the unrequested service

Fun Alternatives Don't be shy to leave without tipping them or at least give them some small change.

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May 28, 2005

High Prices Near the Duomo

If you need a quick bite to eat or an expresso while in Milan, try to avoid the tourist area around the Duomo. I paid $10 for the luxury of sitting at a cafe and having an expresso and a piece of pie.

Unique Suggestions If you do choose to partake, be prepared for the bill.

Fun Alternatives I found wonderful places to eat just a few blocks away. They did not speak a word of English, so I got by with my rudimentary Italian and by pointing at what I wanted in the case.

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Mar 04, 2005

Those annoying pigeon food salesmen!

Outside the Duomo is a large square. There are hundreds of pigeons - reminds you of a scene from "Birds" - they are quite tame and not afraid of people at all. There were young men (boys?) selling handfuls of birdseed. The bad part is that they don't take NO for an answer! They practically shove it in your face. My husband almost clobbered one guy. You just have to say "NO, GRAZIE!!" and move on.

Unique Suggestions Avoid the birdfood sellers if you can.

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Feb 22, 2004
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The sellers of seeds for pigeons

On the place of the cathedral of Milano, but in other places of the city you will be challenged also by sellers of seeds, to give to eat to the innumerable pigeons who live in the city.

Unique Suggestions They sell the sachets containing a handful of seed, to the same price that if you bought a Kilogram of it in a supermarket. They make a margin therefore of more than hundred times on the price of purchase.

Fun Alternatives If you want to give to eat to the pigeons, to give their a tip of bread, that will be sufficient. but make attention then, that they don't take you all your sandwich because they are very daring !

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Mar 04, 2003

Bird Seed in Piazza del Duomo

In the piazza of the beautiful duomo, there are tons of pidgeons, and along with those birds come the local bird seed pushers. These guys stand in the piazza and wait for tourists to come by and then, literally, force birdseed into your hands, on your shoulders, or wherever else they can put it on you - even after you tell them several times, "No." Then, even though you have tried, repeatedly, to get away from them, they expect you to pay them for their generous task of getting several birds to perch upon various parts of your body.

Unique Suggestions If somebody with birdseed comes up to you, just keep on walking and don't look back!

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Jan 20, 2003

Caution everyone! Around the...

Caution everyone! Around the Duomo (the Cathedral) if you want to stop and sit for a beer or anything prepared to pay big bucks!!! We got caught once paying 8 euros for one beer! oh well, it was nice, but It would've be adequate to buy a 2 euro beer and sit on the steps of the Duomo!

Hope this helps and Ciao!

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Sep 07, 2002

Hawkers in tourist areas, dont buy!

In popular tourist areas such as the Duomo there are a variety of people who will try to sell you flowers, scarves, bracelets, etc. Ignore these people and don't buy anything from them (that is, unless you REALLY want to.) If you're sitting at the steps of the duomo, you'll undoubtedly see these people and be pestered by them. Just firmly say, 'no' (sometimes mulitiple times) and you'll be left alone.

Unique Suggestions Show no interest in what the hawkers want you to take/buy. Firmly say, 'no' (sometimes mulitiple times) and you'll be left alone.

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Aug 29, 2002

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