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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 219 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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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Went to Duomo for mass and was blown away by the interior of this cathedral. Where the outside is grand and crowded, the inside is peaceful and beautiful. It was like a beautiful refuge from the lines, heat, and crowds of Florence. The best part about attending mass is it's free; just look up mass hours online.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

If not interested in visiting the dome or the crypt, not worth going inside, especially if there is a never-ending queue. From the outside, its spectacular, but on the inside its quite bare.

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Kolkata
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This Dumo which is also called the cathedral of Mary flower is just an architectural marvel and is a sight that I recommend every one to visit. The Baptistry opposite the same is beautiful and the gates to the Baptistry is rightfully called the gates of haven by Michaleangelo. work on the panels of the door seems to be coming... More

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Bergen, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

As it is among the "big three" attractions in Italy (the leaning tower in Pisa and Colosseum in Rome being the other two), it's a must-see attraction for any visitor to Florence. The spectacular green and white marble on the outside makes you curious about the inside. The line to the entrance may seem long, but is usually fast-moving. Coming... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Wow. Taking the free tour was great! So informative and interesting. The tour guide spoke English and described the works perfectly.

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durham uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We are not in the slightest religious,but when presented with an architectural masterpiece on a scale such as this you can see why it was commissioned by the church,as it can have an effect on the most level headed of us. The man hours,blood sweat and tears which must have gone into engineering and constructing it are mind boggling. Make... More

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Amazing, absolutely amazing. Was able to pay $10 a person and skip the massive line to get in. With this $10 you were also able to walk along the top area of the Cathedral, which surprisingly had very few people. You're so close to the top painting that you can actually touch it. So much detail, unreal to see so... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

A really uniqe buliding, not like other huge cathedrals in Europe. Besides the very special decoration, it feels much more integrated to the city, than the most huge temples you encounter.

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

You cannot miss the duomo if you are in Florence. The most amazing part of the duomo is the fact that it looks like its made from paper. As you approach it , you will realize how really paper-like the structure looks. I can't believe it myself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The Duomo magnificently dominates Florence. Inside is stark and quite peaceful. The paintings in the dome are amazingly descriptive and one wonders how they were accomplished. We climbed up inside the dome to the top and were rewarded with 360 views of the city. An incredible engineering achievement.

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