Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

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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.
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  • Experience? Indescribable ... admittedly much better looks from the outside than the inside but worth the watch also in the middle of the
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  • The Duomo is incredible. 3rd largest in the world behind the St. Peter's (Vatican) & St. Paul's (UK).........you have to see it to believe it.........my only struggle was with the constant street vend...  more »
  • The dome is beautiful, and offers excellent views of the city. It is a strenuous climb, however. You have to climb over 400 steps to the top, and the natural resting places are few. There are no eleva...  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing place and the heart of Florence! Incredible effect in real. Interior is very modest but outside is masterpiece. I recommend buy one ticket for couple of places: museums, dome, babtistery and campanile. Attention: You must choose a date and hour of entry if you want to go to top of the dome. A queue for campanile is long for 30 to 60 min.
  • Tip 1. Book at least 2 days in advance online, if you want to climb the dome. Number of people allowed is restricted for safety, which makes total sense as the stairs are very narrow. If you didn't book early enough, like how I was, pay the extra 20 Euro for a guided tour. (35 as opposed to 15 euro without guide) Tip 2. The climb up to the dome is not as hard. 463 steps sounds like a lot, but there are 2-3 stops on the way you can rest. So you are basically climbing 8-10 floors for each interval. The dome is an architectural miracle and the view on the top is magnificent. Enjoy!
  • Astonishing Building of masterclass from 1500. There is a All-in-one-Ticket for 15 Euro that provides entry to the Museum, the copula, the baptistery and the tower with beautiful sights. The main cathedral is free to enter but consider waiting Time.
  • If you want to climb the dome I would recommend that you book much in advance. The church has a free entrance and it's completely worth going to don't to be dissuaded by the lines that you may see outside it is pretty fast-moving and within 15 minutes you will be inside the main cathedral. Once you are inside there are a few students that offer free tours, I highly recommend that you take these tours as it will give you a good understanding of the artwork and the artists.
  • Amazing architectural design. There are no words. The lines to go in the church are crazy, you can wait in line even 1 hour and the thing is that it doesn't deserve it. There is nothing to see inside the church. On the other hand the tower and the view you get if you climb those stairs is indescribable it is worth it. Be careful there are 3 different lines for 3 different parts of the church.

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