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Address: Piazza del Duomo | Historical Center, 10000 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055-230-2885
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No big lines and views as good as the Duomo

Grottos tower is a must if you dread the long lines at some places. Facing the Santa Maria Di Fiore Church (Duomo), the Campanile (tower) is the tall structure to your right. Walk... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Grottos tower is a must if you dread the long lines at some places. Facing the Santa Maria Di Fiore Church (Duomo), the Campanile (tower) is the tall structure to your right. Walk around the back of it where you will find the entrance. There is sometimes a small line but nothing like that to get into the Duomo. Be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Well worth the climb to the top. Not as claustrophobic as the Duomo and the views just as good. Steps are wider so much easier passing up and down.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I did both and enjoyed the views which are similar. Both are over 400 steps, with the Cupola being higher. If you are fit and have the time, do both. If you are not fit, the Bell Tower gives you more opportunities to stop, rest or even turn around at the various levels. The Cupola will give you the full... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Impressive structure which stands out next to the cathedral. This is one of the three or four small areas that the visitor must see when in Florence.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Worth a trip up the 414 stairs for the views, but take in breaks at the various viewing opportunities, (to rest the knees and quads, even if reasonably fit/active). Quite narrow and winding staircase as it goes up, so a squeeze to pass people in places. Expect to queue.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We opted to climb Giotto's rather than the Duomo when we saw the Duomo line, which was insane. We waited no more than 5 minutes to get into Giotto's tower and then climbed to the top. Great views over Florence, and of the Duomo, from the top and various landing points along the way that give you a chance to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

It is worth to climb 414 steps to get the breathtaking view of Firenze and Cupola. It wasn't easy to walk up very narrow steps, and you need to share the steps with people walking down at the same time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Though the climb is over 400 steps and the staircase is very narrow, the view at the top is sublime, a view of the Duomo you won't get anywhere else. If you can't make the climb, try to stick around the piazza to hear the bell ring.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

during our visit to florence we climbed the 412 steps to the top of the bell tower. It was well worth th climb as the views from the top were fantastic. Just keep in mind that it his climb is not for the faint of heart. Although there are stops along the way the two way traffic on the stairs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The climb here is easier than the Duomo climb in that there are three distinct levels for you to pause on. However I think the stairways are narrower than the Dome and they seemed more crowded. The same €10 ticket pays for entry to both though. The views from the top are excellent, especially of the famous Dome, the reason... More 

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