Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

4.7
World heritage site · Religious Site · Historic Site
The symbol of the city and its main church, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is renowned for its huge dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi, one of the foremost architects of the Italian Renaissance. This Gothic structure, begun in 1296 following the design of architect Arnolfo di Cambio, was completed in 1436. The elaborate facade is a 19th-century addition that represents the Gothic Revival style prevalent across Europe at the time. The cathedral complex, which includes a baptistery and a bell tower, is part of a World Heritage site covering the historic center of the city. In the piazza in front of the cathedral, a statue of Brunelleschi looks upwards towards his dome. You can climb the 464 steps to the dome through the entrance on the side of the church, but be prepared for a long line. With our international travel planner, Florence attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
28,537 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • This cathedral is certainly very impressive and special from the outside. Unfortunately, the inside is quite poor.  more »
  • There is a lot to see, do and eat in the general area of the Duomo. This historic Duomo is worth a visit inside, beautiful frescoes and architecture. Great views from the dome area.  more »
  • The outside is very beautiful with its green and white marble. Very expensive to visit the inside so we did not bother. Being a church it should be free.  more »
Google
  • Great beautiful church. Just within walking distance to the strain station Impressive architecture. The exterior is impressive and well craved. The dome painting is even more breathtaking. Worth the wait. Just go early. U need to wait to go in as they limited the no of person to go in every time.
  • Absolutely Stunning architecture! The church looks marvellous from the outside, the first time you see it just leaves you in awe of this beauty. Worth going to the top of the Duomo, would be a nice workout if you can get on top of the Giotto's tower as well although you get a much better view of the city from the Duomo.
  • This is the best Cathédral in the World. Period. Isn't it? Please comment here and let me know. When you look at this magnificently old Christian build you're spirit is moved from inside, remembering you that you can better than you actually are, always. Thanks Florence for recovering this classic unbelievable beauty, keep doing this! 💪🏻
  • Such a spectacular Cathedral! If you have the time and the knees I highly recommend climbing Brunelleschi's Duomo! Even if you just get to the point overlooking the inside of the cathedral, it is worth it. Make sure you take a moment to look at the Fresco on your way up.
  • The cathedral dome is synonymous with Florence but you must go inside to appreciate the frescoes high up under the dome. Take your time to admire the architecture outside and walk around the cathedral to view the many facets of sculpture that make this renaissance art a masterpiece. An iconic Firenze monument to italian craftsmen ✅💯 highly recommended

Plan your trip to Florence

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Florence

See all ›
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
World heritage site
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
World heritage site
Piazzale Michelangelo
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
Ponte Vecchio ©
World heritage site
Ponte Vecchio
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Pitti Palace ©
World heritage site
Pitti Palace
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Florence

Piazza del Campo ©
World heritage site
Piazza del Campo Siena
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings Siena
4.9
Duration: 5 hours
Castello del Trebbio ©
World heritage site
Castello del Trebbio Santa Brigida
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
World heritage site
Leaning Tower of Pisa Pisa
4.5
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Florence

The Baptistery of St. John ©
World heritage site
The Baptistery of St. John
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
©
Food Tour
Food Tours
4.9
Duration: 3h 30 min
Museo di San Marco ©
World heritage site
Museo di San Marco
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella ©
World heritage site
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
4.6
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Florence

See all ›
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri ©
Art Gallery
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore ©
Art Museum
Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
M.G. Design ©
Art Gallery
M.G. Design
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele ©
Art Museum
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Florence

See all ›
Mercato Centrale ©
Flea Market
Mercato Centrale
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
La Pelle ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
La Pelle
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Massai Orafi in Florence ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Massai Orafi in Florence
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
Le Mie Ceramiche ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Le Mie Ceramiche
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nearby attractions in Florence

Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
World heritage site
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Campanile di Giotto ©
World heritage site
Campanile di Giotto
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Walkabout Florence Tours ©
Scooter / Moped Tour
Walkabout Florence Tours
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Palazzo Vecchio ©
World heritage site
Palazzo Vecchio
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cuor di Pelle Leather Shop ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Cuor di Pelle Leather Shop
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Antica Erboristeria San Simone ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Antica Erboristeria San Simone
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
Guida per Firenze ©
Shopping Tour
Guida per Firenze
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Massai Orafi in Florence ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Massai Orafi in Florence
5.0
Duration: 1 hour

Trips to Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore by other users

9 days in Italy BY A USER FROM INDIA September, kids, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September, kids Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 10 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, relaxing, historic sites, popular sights Preferences: March, culture, relaxing, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 23 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, teens, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BRAZIL April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 10 days in Italy BY A USER FROM TAIWAN January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BULGARIA April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 41 days in Italy & Paris BY A USER FROM INDIA August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BRAZIL September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 22 days in France, Italy & Amsterdam BY A USER FROM IRELAND July, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 27 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 22 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium