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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. For Piazza del Duomo and beyond, use our Florence trip builder to get the most from your Florence vacation.
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  • It is a very good cathedral. The line are going very fast,just wait about 15-20 mins. Better don't wear too short clothes in it since there's standard dress code.  more »
  • Despite the calorazo, it was worth stroll the square and hallucinate so spectacular architecture.
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  • Who was here once, not again forget this ensemble. It will be all but granted to enjoy all the sights. The queues are too long. Also interfere with the masses of tourists who photograph for example before the doors of the Battistero can be. So it hardly has time to look at the individual representations alone. So, it is recommended to come very early in the morning or to order tickets (the booking deadline not is you several days, leaving themselves so on last minute orders). The atmosphere is especially beautiful in the morning before the tourists arrive, and when the crowds have thinned out himself. You can stroll in the evening at the Cathedral, approaching from different streets and will gain new impressions of the architecture.
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  • Was really a remarkable place to visit. Though it was over crowded. The square itself has so much history. Good shopping in the plaza area. Especially the free standing shops. Watch out for pick pockets. We witnessed it happen before our eyes. And they as fast as lightning. They work in syndicates.
  • Mesmerizing structure of the cathedral is very attractive. Inside painting of the ceiling is fantastic. During peak season you should do advance reservation if you want to go to the top. The area around Duomo is perfect place to stay and dine.
  • We were here in May. Great architecture, somewhat crowded, line to go up the tower was too long. Many shops and stands in the area. Plenty of food within walking distance. Most locals speak or understand English to some level.
  • One of the very beautiful places I have ever visited. The Florence cathedral situated here is one of the oldest and most beautiful places. One can spend many hours in this place to explore.
  • Amazing architecture, must see attraction, typical tourist destination, very happening and crowded place. Lively atmosphere. Outside architecture more interesting than the interior. Free entry into the cathedral only but there is a queue most of the time.

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Where to stay in Florence

Variety is not a problem when deciding where to stay in Florence. The compact town center is packed with hotels, hostels, and small inns. The drawback of this upmarket central area is that even family-run B&Bs often cost as much as luxury hotels. For more affordable lodgings, explore the area outside the tourist-driven city center. Staying in one of the city's residential neighborhoods allows you to immerse yourself in the daily life of local Florentines. B&Bs and hotels outside the center offer private parking and spacious rooms, all within walking distance of the main tourist sites.
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