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Piazza del Duomo, Florence

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Historic Walking Area Tourist Spot
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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  • Don't be fooled by the long line to get in the Cathedral, it moves quite fast. To go to the top of the dome you need to have a reservation  more »
  • this is an amazing place and spend as much time there as you can. It is so very beautiful despite the long queues. I am sure that you will be absolutely amazed. at all of the beauty and history that i...  more »
  • gorgeous very hard to grasp the enormity of the structure. Breathtaking on the outside and inside. Its Florence what can i say its just amazing.  more »
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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.