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Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore

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Address: Via della Canonica, 1 | Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 2302885
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: Designed by Arnolfo di Cambio at the end of the 13th century, the...
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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This is an awesome building to just sit and look at. The trip to the top of the Cupola is a must - despite the queues. The inside of the Duomo itself is unremarkable and a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is an awesome building to just sit and look at. The trip to the top of the Cupola is a must - despite the queues. The inside of the Duomo itself is unremarkable and a contrast with the exterior. The contrast is interesting and perhaps is because the exterior had the marble added in the 1800's whilst the inside... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have ever seen! Although the inside is a little disappointing, its outside is outstanding. You can climb up the top of the duomo, in a claustrophobic couple of hundreds steps, but you will be rewarded with a beautiful view!

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Diamond Bar, California
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It is not worth it. The outside is impressive and beautiful - a true 5 star landmark but the inside is only 1 so I am giving and average of 3. If you really want to get in come late in the afternoon - there were no lines after 4 pm.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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161 reviews 161 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The climb to the top of the tower is not for people who are scared of heights. The climb itself takes you aroudn both upper levels of the inside of the dome. The climb to the top of the domw itself is difficult and at a curved angle (like climbing a ladder) at the very top. I'm not bothered by... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The colors and history are so vivid and it is so interesting to see the burial sites of so many historic figures.

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Tickets available in the piazza, waited an hour to begin the walk to the top of the Cathedral. Have to admit kinda scary if you don't like tight places, heights and are claustrophobic. Better be in good shape it is a mere 463 stairs! Then you get to see inside the dome-awesome, then out to view the vista-simply breathtaking!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We visited the Duomo whilst in Florence and it was one of the things to do on the top of our list. We got there early (around 9am) to avoid the ques and only spent about 20 minutes in the line. Be prepared for whats next!...over 493 stairs to climb in very tight claustrophobic spaces, I knew it was going... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

it was easy to get around and not too crowded. I hadn't realized it was so large. Lots of shopping nearby and great restaurants.

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Hampton Court
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The most amazing sight, inside and out. Some building work outside but this won't detract from a great experience.

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

the Duomo is really great and breathtaking, it is possible to climb it to a viewing terrace and it is worth to visit the basement inside the Duomo

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