Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 4,000+ reviews on the web
Majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore represents the largest masonry dome ever built, covering the Cathedral of Florence. During the cathedral's construction in the 13th century, the architect envisioned a marvellous, 45 m (148 ft) wide dome for his elegant building. However, neither he nor anyone else had the engineering skills to build such a structure. By the 15th century the dome was still missing, so the fathers held a contest for the best design. Filippo Brunelleschi, a man with no formal architecture training, created the final design--an engineering feat. Learn more about the dome during a tour of the cathedral, and take in the impressive architecture first-hand. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Florence holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This gets you to the rim of the cupola and closer views of the artistic brilliance painted inside and the amazing architecture outside. You can actually walk around the exterior and see for miles. I b...  read more »
  • Climb the long, narrow passages, the endless hustle, but all this does not matter, you realize that he is ready to go up every day.
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  • Nice views of the other Cupola - not as much of a squeeze as the Duomo but still a bit tight. Beautiful place. 
  • 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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