Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Spire?
The profile of the Duomo that stands the city and makes it unique, is characterized by its 135 spires.
The spire is a typical element of Gothic architecture. Old spires were of moderate height, not slim, compact and sturdy, and only towards the end of the 12th century gradually it became sharp in the form and elaborate in the decoration.
Only the Duomo of Milan has a large number of spires, one hundred and thirty-five. They rise not only in the foothills around the perimeter, but also on the pylons or lantern, where it crowns the Main Spire, the one of the Virgin Mary. Most of the peaks are 17 m high and are rich in decoration, statuary niches and tunnels.

Why donate?
The beautiful Candoglia marble used to build the Duomo is a very fragile material that deteriorates in the long term due to its porosity. This process is also accelerated by pollution.  The Duomo therefore requires periodic restoration and now, thanks to the campaign “Get your Spire: carve your name in History”, you can help Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo in this important conservation mission.

How can I donate?
It is possible to donate in favor of Get your Spire by the following procedures:

Via the dedicated website

No. 00332205
Made out to: Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano
Description: Get your Spire 

Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano
IBAN IT 73 N 03069 01629 100000064454
Description: Get your Spire 

AT THE DONATION OFFICE in Via Carlo Maria Martini, 1 
Opening hours:Monday-Friday: from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm

CASH for amounts lower than € 3000,00.


Made out to: Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano

For donations higher than € 10.000 natural people must give their donation by deed (according to the Italian Law).

Cash or credit/debit card

Palazzo Reale - Piazza del Duomo, 12 at the Grande Museo del Duomo 
Opening times: Tuesday - Sunday from 8.45 am to 6.00 pm                   

Ticket Office 1 at Sala delle Colonne, Piazza del Duomo, 14/a
Opening hours:every day (except 25th December) from 8.00 am to 6.30 pm

Is there a minimum donation to support the campaign “Get your Spire: carve your name in History”?
No, there is no minimum donation. You can contribute whatever you like to the campaign, starting from the symbolic figure of 1 €. All donators will be registered in the Veneranda Fabbrica Donor Register, after they have authorised processing of their personal data.

How is my contribution to the campaign “Get your Spire: carve your name in History” used?
The funds collected will be used for restoration of all the spires of the Duomo. The most urgent restoration work will be given priority, to guarantee conservation of the spires most in need of structural intervention.

How long will the campaign last?
The campaign has no fixed term, it will continue over the years in order to guarantee the survival and conservation of the Duomo.

What is the Donators Register?
It is a register, in hard copy and in digital form, that lists the names of all the donators who wish to be included. The hard copy of the Donator Register will be kept and is available for consultation in our Archives. The online Donators Register can be consulted on the dedicated website
If you choose to donate via our website, your name will be automatically published in the two Registers. For the other donation methods, you can request publication of your name by contacting the address, sending the Donor Form.

Can I choose to have my name listed in only one of the two Donor Registers?
Yes, you can choose to publish your name in one or both of the Donators Registers indicating your preference in the Donor Form.

What information appears in the Donor Register?
The hard copy of the Donators Register includes:

• the donation reference number
• the name of the donor
• the date of the donation

The online Donor Register includes:

• the name of the donor
• his/her country
• his/her photo (optional)

The amount of the donation will not appear in either of the two Registers.

What do I have to do to get my photo included in the online Donators Register?
If you choose to donate via our website, you can upload your photo at the same time. For all other methods of donation, you can send your photo to the address, together with the Donor Form.

What do I receive after I’ve made my donation?
If you contribute to the campaign “Get your Spire: carve your name in History” with a donation of 50 € or more, you can receive a certificate to mark your donation, available in hard copy and in PDF. Requests for certificates should be sent to the address, enclosing the Donor Form.
The certificate can also be dedicated to other persons; their names will be published in the Donators Register after Veneranda Fabbrica has received consent for the processing of their personal data. To provide this consent, the person (or persons) to whom the donation is dedicated must fill in the dedicated form contained in the Donators Form, also at a later stage.

What is the Donor Form and why do I have to download it?
The Donor Form consists of a series of forms. By filling in these forms you can:

• give us the necessary authorisations for your name to appear in our Donor Register;
• choose to be updated on our projects by registering for our newsletter;
• request your certificate, specifying the data for compilation and how you wish to receive it,
• (if you wish) answer some questions, helping us to continue and improve “Adopt a Spire: carve your name in History”.

Does the sum I have donated appear in the certificate?
No, the sum donated never appears in the certificate.

When will I get the certificate?
If you choose to donate at the Donations Office, the certificate is issued immediately. For all other methods of donation, the certificate will be ready for dispatch or collection within 5 working days from the request, depending on when our offices receive the donation.

Can I dedicate the donation to another person?
Yes, you can make a donation dedicating it to one or more people; in this case both the name of the person who made the donation and the names of the persons to whom it is dedicated will appear in the certificate, if you wish. You can also dedicate your donation to the memory of a loved one.
The names of third parties will be published in the Donators Register once they have given their consent to the processing of their personal data. To provide this consent, the dedicated form contained in the Donor Form must be filled in by the person (or persons) to whom the donation is dedicated, also at a later stage, and then sent to the Donations Office by email (, fax (02 7202 2419) or post (Via Carlo Maria Martini, 1 – 20122 – Milano).

Will my name be carved on the spire I have chosen to adopt?
The names of the Major Donors who have contributed to the campaign will be carved in marble plaques and affixed to the spires. 

How do you become a Major Donor?
The minimum contribution required for Major Donors is 100,000 €.

Does the word “adoption” mean that I have to make periodic contributions? 
No, supporting the campaign does not necessarily entail a repeat donation.

Can I donate several times?
Of course, you can donate whenever you wish.

Can I benefit from tax breaks against my donation?
Yes, it is possible to benefit from tax breaks against donations, both as individuals and as a company.
For donations carried out by bank transfer, postal form, credit card (online) and pypal it is necessary to attach documents provided at the time of the donation to the statement of income.
For donations carried out by check, it is possible to ask for the occurred-donation form, released by the Donation Office.

Cash endowments are not deductible.

Donations, directed to the activities of the Organization, are deductible from the gross tax for 19% of the endowment, up to € 2,065.83 (Article 15, paragraph 1, letter i-bis of D.P.R no. 917/1986).

Donations, directed to the activities of the Organization, are deductible up to 10% of business income and up to € 70,000 (Article 14 dl 35/05 converted into Law 80/05); otherwise they are tax-deductible up to 2% of the total income stated (Article 10, paragraph 1, letter g of D.P.R 917/1986). Article 14, d.l. 35/2005 paragraph 1, lists the only subjects that can receive deductible donations.

Foreign donations
In Europe, donations in favor of Get your Spire project, given by residents of Nations conforming to TGE - Transnational Giving Europe – network, can benefit from tax breaks provided by one’s country. For this purpose, donors can contact their national TGE partner.
Contact details can be found on the TGE website:

*Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom. 

Is it possible to donate any sum in cash?
No, the law establishes that cash donations must be below 3000.00 €.

Why is it not possible to donate to some of the spires via the website? 
The spires you cannot donate to via the portal, highlighted in grey in the map, have already been adopted by a Major Donor or are not available at the moment. At the Offices you can symbolically dedicate your donation to all the spires.

Will the spires with fewer donors be restored all the same?
Yes, regardless of the number of donors who decide to symbolically dedicate their donation to a particular spire, Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo will ensure that all the spires requiring intervention are restored and can therefore continue to adorn the skyline of Milan.

How can I support the campaign “Adopt a Spire: carve your name in History” as a Partner or Media Partner?
Various businesses have chosen to collaborate with Veneranda Fabbrica to support and spread the message of “Get your Spire”. There are many different modes of collaboration and they are selected according to the type of entity that chooses to become a partner of the initiative.