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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 #10 of 212 attractions in Florence
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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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

No matter how many times I see this Cathedral, it continues to take my breath away. The facade it utterly magnificent and you can be in Florence for a week and walk by it constantly and still be shocked by the beauty of the structure. The color of the marble is extraordinary, the paintings, sculptings and gilding outstanding and the... More

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Best part of the duomo is the exterior, which is free. Today we bought the 10 euro ticket (kids are free) and went up the campanile at 8:30 when it opened. No line and we could buy the ticket at the entry. We then went to the baptistry, which is really beautiful, and the museum which was just okay. The... More

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

A must see, and make sure that you visit the dome. The interior of the cathedral is quite spartan compared with the elaborate main face, but it is very peaceful.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Queues move quickly so don't be put off if there is a long queue. Well worth buying the ticket for the dome and the tower although the cathedral itself is free.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you have seen many cathedrals, can pass. If go up the cupola, can pass. Otherwise, go. Or attend a mass. It is beautiful. There is no better view than the cupola though. The outside view from the piazza is the most stunning of the actual cathedral. Attending a mass is wonderful here. Arrive early to sit up close. Enter... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I am in my mid forties, desperately unfit and quite a bit overweight. I was so nervous about climbing to the top of the Duomo I nearly didn't attempt it. I am very glad my family talked me into it, it's really spectacular. Firstly, the line for the climb starts early and gets very long as the day goes on.... More

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Tipp City, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

While the US was still inhabited by pre Columbian Indians, Italy was building amazing structures that survive to this day. The Duomo is simply awesome! It is hard to see how people with no power tools or modern instruments could have built such a grand structure. Take time in this area to explore not only the Duomo, but other historic... More

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

its free to enter and worth a look, but the most incredible thing is the exterior. Between the dome and the exterior and the bapistry out front its a great visit.

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Duomo, the Cathedral of Florence (Firenze), is a must see. Climb to the top of the dome and you will never forget it. The interior of the Cathedral is also very interesting. There is an English speaking Catholic Mass every Saturday at 5pm. You can get a good idea of the Cathedral from attending mass. Summertime is very crowded... More

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Guildford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The exterior of the cathedral is just wonderful. You can't imagine how all the intricate work was accomplished. We had to queue to get in, which was free, but this didn't take too long. The interior was slightly disappointing as I expected a more elaborate decoration. It was a marked contrast to the exterior. We didn't climb to the top... More

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