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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 #14 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Get there early to try and avoid the queues. If you have a Firenze card, you can skip the queue to visit the cuppola (dome). Definitely worth it, as even when you get into the cathedral, you have to queue on the internal stairs. With only one way up and down, and a lot of people, this is not something... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

As the title says, take the time to go to the top of the Duomo, the view is amazing. I love Florence and this Duomo dominates the skyline, its a must if in Florence.

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Although it is quite a line to enter (2 hours in our case), we recommend visiting a dome. It is amazing to see frescoes close and walk between two dome shells. My 11 year old liked it a lot.

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Delhi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

crowded like crazy but yet worth it..the architecture is really amazing..the place is also thronged by a lot of touts around..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

I could never think that cathedral can be so stunning... But still it is! Impressed me so much! So exquisite, beatifully decorated, with all those mosaics... And the dome (cupola) itself is so amazing!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Very long queues to get in and rather disappointing at that. Exterior terrific, good views from the top of the tower after a long climb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The queue to enter is often quite long, but it moves relatively fast. While queuing you can enjoy the absolutely gorgeous exterior of the Cathedral, which is a sight to behold all by itself. Inside the Cathedral is amazing, and the crypt is definitely a must-see - remains of ancient churches underneath this gorgeous cathedral.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

size that is breathtaking, the view is magical an architectural miricle! you must see it, even though, you will be in line waiting longer than inside!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Well worth the climb up hundreds of stairs, however, hard to get back down if - like one of our party - you become claustrophobic. The stairwells are very narrow and crowded, hard to breathe sometimes. However, it's worth it to see the breathtaking views from the top and the incredible frieze on there ceiling.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

From the outside the chatredral is al most stunning, so much great is the disappointment when you get inside after waiting in a long queue for almost 15 minutes. The inside is rather dark, and when you have seen some of the fantastic churches in Italy, it seems a bit dull.

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