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Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore

Address: Via della Canonica, 1 | Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 2302885
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Ranked #12 of 221 Attractions in Florence
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Designed by Arnolfo di Cambio at the end of the 13th century, the...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner 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 January 27, 2015 NEW

This is a large ornate church, visible from almost everywhere in Florence, with beautiful columns, steeples, a dome and lots of statues carved into the façade as well as frescos and mosaics. The inside ceiling is painted with beautiful frescos, all very detailed and impressive.

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Springfield, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Everyone gives directions in Florence from the location of the famous cathedral. The outside façade is a vision of light green, pink and white marble. The Baptistery that faces the front façade contain the "Gates of Paradise" and stunning early Renaissance example of Bas relief sculpture. It is free to enter the cathedral and there is a fine gift shop... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

For 10 Euro you can buy a ticket that allows you to climb to the top of the dome, the bell tower, entry to the baptisery and the museum underneath the church. The church is very beautiful from the outside and has incredible painting inside the dome. If you are able buy the ticket to climb to the top of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We visited Firenze in the middle of January (being Australian our long holidays are in January) and we obviously missed all the crowds. We didn't have to line up for anything. We walked straight into the Cathedral, appreciated the amazing painted ceiling and the skill of men centuries ago to build such a huge structure. My family walked up the... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Obviously impressive and beautiful but the number of people waiting in line to buy tickets was terrible don't go to Florence during school holidays

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

When you are in Florence (Firenze) you must visit this cathedral. It is very big and beautiful. You can walk up many hundreds of steps in a narrow spiral staircase to the top, where you will see a wonderful view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

beautiful design, frescoes, art, architecture and magnitude. Really astonishing on the outside. A must see

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Astonishing from the outside but really desapointed from the inside. Nothing interesting to see inside. Don't queue to get in, you'll lose time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

If you have even a marginal interest in architecture, not to mention history and art, then make this one of your visits while in Florence (Firenze!). I was lucky enough to have seen a documentary on PBS about a month before visiting the Duomo, and it went in to detail regarding the difficulty that artists and engineers had during the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

At first sight, it appeared made of paper mâché. The throng of tourists taking selfies can be quite distracting, along with the street vendors selling overpriced amateurish artwork. But, if you'd try to focus on the structure itself, you'd appreciate its beauty. Inside (we heard Mass there on a Saturday), it's even lovelier.

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