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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  • Already be seeing it and cycle through the outside is beautiful. To remove the entry the day that I went and I got the ticket for the next day, included enter, the Museum, go up to the dome and Bell Tower that rises through long stairs. Activity 100% recommendable if you visit Florence and beautiful place, history, unmissable views
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  • Hi everybody, We arrived to Firenze at night, on the way in the taxi to the hotel we saw that incredible place, different from other around,but it was nothing because in the next day while we getting ...  more »
  • We took an early train from Florence and we barely had time to see this masterpiece, tickets are a little confusing because they offer passes for different things, we only paid $5 for the inside of th...  more »
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  • Just stunning. One of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. Very crowded of course but wander round and soak up this place. The views from the cupola on top of the dome are amazing too. It's a bit of a walk up there though, through quite tight stairways but well worth it if you can handle it. Everyone should see this gem at least once.
  • Incredible building!! The surrounding ambience is vibrant. I didn't feel like getting to the top of the dome (500 steps approx.) but I really enjoyed its history. It's hard to believe that they let Brunelleschi try to build this crazy work without having worked as an architect before... Or that's what our guide told us haha
  • One of the most beautiful sights in all of Italy and the world. If you are an Assassin's Creed fan, you will love it even more. Taking the time to take a tour of the entire Cathedral is an absolute must. If you have 24 hours in Firenze or 24 days, you can not say you visited the city and explored it without exploring this.
  • I was lucky enough to stay next to the Duomo on my trip and it is stunning! It’s also a great place to people watch. It does get very crowded so would recommend coming early morning or early evening to avoid the crowds and to get your photos.
  • This cathedral is really a masterpiece! This unique piece of art is a must see while in Florence to contemplate the Brunelleschi dome, one of the biggest domes in the world, and the facade that is really breathtaking. But be aware of the big crowds and long lines, so I suggest to buy the tickets online.
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