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Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore

Via della Canonica, 1 | Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Florence, Italy
+39 055 2302885
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Ranked #12 of 220 attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: Designed by Arnolfo di Cambio at the end of the 13th century, the Cathedral's trademark dome is now the symbol of Florence.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

while on business for week me and my colleague visited this cathedral. Looks very nice from the outside but omg when you goy inside it was totally out of this world, the art work and décor was absolutely amazing and unbelievable le how it was done all those years ago. Florence its self was a really lovely city and the... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We climbed to the top of the duomo and are glad we did. Travelers who are prone to claustrophobia beware- the stairs are very narrow and the air can be stale and hot. I've never had issues with claustrophobia before, but I had to take a breather and calm myself down. It doesn't help that the spiral staircases turn one... More

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Great Bookham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

If you want to visit the interior or the dome or tower make sure you are in the correct queue; the interior and the dome queues often intertwine! Wonderful views from the top but lots of stairs to climb. The interior is plain in comparison with the exterior, but you may feel you have missed something if you do not... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The queue to enter is ridiculous, due to its length as well lack of coordination. There were many issues with people simply walking to the front, which caused some arguments and left the experience being slightly stressful. Once inside I couldn't help but feel let down by the wait...there are a number of better churches to see in Italy. Rather... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

You can't visit florence and not see the duomo, the facade and cladding is amazing. The sculptural relief panels are so detailed, and the differences between the window detailing from one to the next makes it a giant spot the difference.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Coming to Florence there will be three things on the top of your list: 1. Go to the Uffizi 2. Climb the Duomo 3. Promise to do things more "off the beaten track" Don't be cool and skip straight to 3. as the Duomo is a real beauty - stunning architecture from head to toe, engineering marvel and a classic... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

amazing bulduing, makes you wonder from where they had all te resources to built such a thing...and is not the only one in italy...

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Never leave Florence without visiting The Duomo. It is a fantastic piece of architecture and a magnificent church. It is the cathedral of Florence and has its prime importance in the early history of the city. Once inside the church your eyes will never miss the beautiful tinted windows and artistic works displayed on the walls. You can burn some... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A classic of Florentine architecture, and a must-see for everyone. Even though I had studied this building in architecture history class in college and had read about it again before this trip, I was very impressed by the beauty of the whole building. From the marble exterior to the spacious interior to the fascinating exhibit in the crypt, I spent... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

There is a lot of debate about whether the outside is beautiful or ugly, but I think it is spectacular! The sheer scope of this site takes your breath away. There is not much to see inside however. If you're pressed for time, walk around the outside and go inside Santa Croce.

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