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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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  • Florence's most visited square, is big, beautiful and has the city's Cathedral. Is the first site to be visited and, preferably, go during the day and also at night!
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  • Bewitching! That is, the heart of the city with a particular magic. To see absolutely. Well served with restaurants and bars.
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  • Say, it's the center of the world? no but the dome, the batistere and the campanile, the marble of all the couleurs.c' is almost the highlight of the trip.
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  • Great place for outstanding views of Florence (higher than Bell Tower). The only issue is over 400 steps to get there-not for people with health issues. Narrow corridors, steep incline, sharing corridors and stairs with people going in the opposite direction- real hassle to get to the top or go down (a bit easier since stairs are not shared everywhere going down). Once in the top it's worth the climb. Views are outstanding!
  • How did they build this thing in the 1300s??!! Definitely a top destination if you're in/near Florence/Firenze. Just come here and you'll be completely surprised by how large the structures are. I underestimated it when I was outside of the city looking at the skyline, but when I walked up to it I was speechless. Take a look at some of the 360 photos and you'll get somewhat of a feel for how large the buildings are. But when you actually stand there in person, it'll amaze you just how beautiful and magnificent this piece of architecture is.
  • During our trip we regularly passed through here and every time, at all times of the day, it is a spectacular place. I can't recommend any specific shops the the Duomo itself is worth passing multiple times.
  • Much better to look at night. If I go to firenze again. I will go to gusta pizza for dinner cross the bridge and come here. Would be perfect
  • Magnificent, but if you do buy the ticket you have to be fit to climb the hundreds of steps to the top of the bell tower and dome. Also, there will still be a queue with the skip the line tickets, just not a long as the normal one so make sure you are in the right one.