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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  • The Piazza Della Duomo is a pretty interesting Cathedral. The line to get in was wrapped around the building and looked pretty intimidating but we only stood in line for about 40-45 minutes (there is no skip the line privileges). Inside there are some pictures views so bring a good camera! If you are planning on going up the tower then book well in advance (1 week at least) because it books up very quickly. The Cathedral is open 10:00 to 17:00.
  • One of the best Cathedrals I have ever laid eyes on! The colors that lay on the outside of the building are beautiful. When I first l first turned the corner in the streets of Florence and saw this incredible Cathedral, I literally exclaimed, "Wow!" It is a breathtaking feat to look and awe at for hours. I recommend sitting at one of the cafes in the Piazza, enjoy a coffee and gaze up the magnificence that is The Duomo.
  • Don't try to do everything, just find a nice cafe, and soak up the feeling in the air! Have breakfast or lunch outside, and enjoy the sounds and the scene of the Duomo. I had a lovely lunch for about 13 euro, and sat for over 2 hours, just watching the people and sitting beside the great Duomo. Florence is romantic, and holds a lot for the imagination. Enjoy! At night the area becomes even busier! So don't be too tired to spend an hour or two in the evening enjoying the night life.
  • You simply have to go if you are anywhere near Florence. Line-ups can and should be avoided by booking tickets in advance. The alternative could be waiting in line for hours. The architecture is breathtaking. Going to the top of Duomo involves about 463 steps - not for those with health challenges or claustrophobia. But well worth the effort for those that are up for the physical requirements.
  • Nice area to walk around and shop. The cathedral is beautiful. The architecture just amazing. But be ready to wait in line for more than an hour to get into the cathedral if you don't get there early in the day.
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