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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

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4.6/5 based on 16,000+ reviews on the web
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. A visit to Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Florence trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • Spectacular on the outside, but the inside disappoints. The view from the dome or the Bell Tower very good. The Museum is very well and see what there is inside.
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  • Had totally different notions of built than what it turned out to be in reality. Built really takes the breath of a when you're outside, it's tremendously beautiful and outstanding. Had perhaps expected that the Church's interior was a little more in the style of its magnificent exterior, but it is an incredible construction works overall. One is in Florence so this must be experienced.
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  • The Cathedral really impresses by its size and architecture. Fantastic visit. Worth losing some time in the details.
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  • If you want to enjoy, then go right at sun rise, while everyone is asleep. Grab a void from the local diner (they will raise the price around 10). Once the crowds start to show, head over to Boboli Gardens. You can stay ahead of the crowds the whole day.
  • An absolutely stunning building and a must see when in Florence. The building itself is 5 stars however the the operation for letting people in is a little poor. We queued for around 30 minutes to get in only to be turned away at the door by a guard due to my girlfriend's exposed shoulders and knees (our fault, there are signs indicating this). As we walked away we immediately saw several women walk in with their sexy knees uncovered, the audacity. We returned the next day, modesty covered, and were allowed in, again however, several others were granted entrance whilst flashing their forbidden shoulders and knees. So many in fact that I couldn't concentrate on the architecture. My girlfriend however said the interior is nowhere near as impressive as the exterior.
  • Absolutely amazing. Pictures cannot do this place justice. Although it could do with some pressure washing, the exterior is a sight to behold on a sunny day. Inside is just as amazing with beautiful artwork from the floor to the ceiling. The 15€ ticket for the dome and all the attractions around Santa Maria is well worth it.
  • Beautiful building but the queues are ridiculous. Ordering online in advance is a must. To appreciate it, it's best to go for a walk around it very early in the morning before the tourists get there.
  • If you'd aks me, the Santa Maria del Fiore is the greatest architectural achievement on this planet. There's so much detail and lovely craftmenship... And while the entry fee is not exactly what I would call cheap, it is worth every penny. Small tip since the marker where you have to buy the tickets is pretty well hidden: when you're standing in front of the main entrance, just look to your right (north) there is a small office with a phrase like "ticket office" or so... Tbh, this has to be more recognizable since it's the official place to buy tickets for the dome!!!
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