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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 222 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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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the Duomo in peak season. Even though we bought tickets online in advance and went early in the morning before it opened, we queued for over an hour. It was the only sight on our European trip where an online advance ticket didn't mean priority entry. Also, there's three separate queues - one for the main entry, one... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Great view from the bell tower. There is a fee to go up and the line can be long at times. Even if you don't climb amazing to see.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Do make sure you get your tickets from the right place before queuing. Over 400 steps to the top, but seeing the inside of the dome close up, and then breathtaking views from the top. This was more than worth the cost (10 euros for dome, campanile and baptistry when we went) and the effort. Some of what you will... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We didn't have to queue that long maybe two minutes maximum and this was around 2pm. Once inside its a beautiful place but not overwhelming. My wife enjoyed it and it was average for me.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

The building itself is outstanding - it is unique . Word of advice. I queued for ages at Giotto Tower for tickets as I thought you had to pay to get in - you don't - entry to the Duomo is free and far quicker queue. You only pay (about €10 ) which includes all three options: climb Giotto Tower,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Head here late afternoon to enjoy a beautiful view of a magical city! There was even live music when we visited

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The cathedral/duomo are beautiful from the outside. We stood in line over an hour only to find out that you had to buy tickets at another location on the square nearby. You can climb up into the dome and get an amazing view of the city. There are almost 500 steps which are curving and in a tight space. You... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

...it was disappointing. While the outside is one of the world's great spectacles the inside is not. Although the floor is great and no one can question the amazing painting on the ceiling of the dome the rest is dull. Falls far short of the main cathedral in Siena desire its size.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The cathedral is half empty, very dark and the visitors are not allowed to sit. There is nothing to see there that one cannot see elsewhere without hassles. The cathedral area is very vast - one needs a while to find out which line waits for what and where the entrance is you are looking for. The archeological site below... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Just stand there and try to take it all in. The brilliance here is the building itself, not the interior. So don't be in a rush to get inside. Try and come back a different time of day to see how the changing light makes it more beautiful. Inside, I love the painting of the dome best.

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