Piazza del Duomo, Florence

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To experience the city's atmosphere of culture, art, and history, drop by Piazza del Duomo, a lively square in the historic town center. One of Europe's most visited sites, this area is world-famous for offering stellar views from the main cathedral's dome, a creation of the Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi. A huge statue of the architect sits in the square, his figure looking up toward his greatest achievement. The plaza also includes a Gothic bell tower designed by the city's other celebrated architect, Giotto di Bondone. Visit the octagonal baptistery built in honor of St. John, one of the oldest structures in the city. While strolling around this public space, drop by the square's popular museum of fine art, which features masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello, among others. Plan your visit to Piazza del Duomo and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Florence tour itinerary planner .
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  • This is an absolute must do when in Florence. You can easily walk the area but with a tour guide you will appreciate this site so much more.  more »
  • So beautiful, but oh so crowded! The atmosphere is amazing and the scenery is almost overwhelming with its beauty and historical associations. The architecture and the impact of the coloured marble is...  more »
  • This place has so much history, so much beauty and such a great spirit, that I cant even describe it.  more »
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  • Busy square with lots of tourists especially during the holiday season. We were fortunate enough to watch the Explosion of the Cart, an annual event on Easter Sunday. Fireworks released from a wooden cart-like structure, a tradition that dates back to the 1500s. Arrive early to get a good spot. Event starts at 11 am but crowds start filling in by 9 am. Interesting color schemes for the three buildings in the square - Basilica, clock tower and Baptistery. The exterior walls looked run down and deserves a much needed clean and restoration.
  • This building is absolutely stunning, worry going to Florence just for this never mind everything else the city has to offer. I would recommend taking the time to look at all the detail on the outside of it and the doors of the baptistery just opposite the entrance. It's obviously very busy during the day so it's worth taking a stroll around it at night as it's a lot more peaceful. I didn't go to the museum because I didn't heed the advice to reserve as I didn't think the queues would be as bad as I thought but honestly - book a reservation the queues are exceptionally long
  • What an amazing place. The first time I was here was in 2005. This was one of the few places I truly remembered from that trip. It always amazes me how incredible the details are on these historic buildings. I recommend getting here early as it gets very busy. If you want to go in to any of the building I would buy tickets weeks in advance.
  • Turn the corner and suddenly you are standing underneath the world famous Duomo, marvelling at the beauty of the church, the Bell tower and the baptistry. Shops, museums, and plenty of restaurants round out the square. It's a must see in Florence. I would recommend getting up early and going there before the church opens when few if any travelers bother. It's amazing to have the piazza to yourself.
  • This place is Amazing. The architecture alone is worth the visit. The museum is also very informative. We climbed the dome which provided a GREAT view of the city of Florence. Make sure you get reservations for the Dome climb ahead of time as they book up almost a week out.
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