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“Amazing amazing views” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore

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 #5 of 415 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner 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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“Amazing amazing views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

What can you say about the Duomo that hasn't already been said? The exterior is unreal, I felt as if I was looking at something in a video game. It soars above everything else in Florence, wherever you go, it is visible. On the inside, it is just as huge - although bear in mind that most of what adorned it before is in the nearby museum.

Now, the dome. First of all: to get to the top of Brunelleschi's Dome, you have to climb 463 steps - no lifts here. These steps are not all one flight (they are broken up into a few stages) but in places they are narrow, steep, winding and a tad closed in; there is no room for people to turn around and go back down. If you don't feel able to climb it, whether due to fitness or claustrophobia or whatever, then for god's sake don't go up!

Now that that is out of the way, if you do feel able to go up it, then do. It is the most incredible feeling to climb ever further up, first coming out at a balcony inside the dome, up some more stairs, and finally coming out at the top to the most fantastic vista. We were there in low season and it was the second busiest place after the Uffizi; I can imagine that in summer it gets a bit hectic. It took longer to get down than to go up, as people simply must have their blurry photos of the inside of the dome from the balcony above.

One thing to note is that entry to the dome/cathedral/museum is NOT included in the Firenze card, it is an extra sum but completely worth the money.

Visited February 2013
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“It's all about Brunelleschi's Dome, folks!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The famous Duomo cathedral marks the historical center of Florence and is probably the most well known of the city's architectural monuments. The multicolored exterior is a bit too gaudy for my tastes, and the interior has been stripped of all the altars and relevant artwork (most of this is now in the nearby Duomo Museum which you shouldn't miss) giving it a rather bare atmosphere. The real star is Brunelleschi's Dome. I was dreading the 463-step climb up inside the dome to the roof, but the view of Florence was well worth it. Architectural-engineering fans will groove on Brunelleschi's clever solution to spanning the vast 140-foot wide transept with dome inside a dome.

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“Soaring in the air”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The impression which Duomo produces can be hardly described by words. The cathedral is massive yet it seems to soaring in the air. One of the greatest creations of mankind ever.
Unfortunatelly, it is under maintenance, so some parts are covered with nets. Still, Duomo is very beautiful.

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“Duomo Cathedral simply stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Make sure you visit the Duomo and the Piazza Duomo when you are in Milan. Make sure you walk thru and and take in the history of the place and find all the little nooks and crannies. Its a fasinating place. Look out for the guys in the Piazza who call the birds in for photos. The will try and charge you 20 Euro for the privilage. Take note italian Govt/police this does nothing for the tourist experience to have a pack of blokes desend on you and then harass you when you say no.
Walk thru the Galleria Vitorrio Emanuele attached to the Piazza it has some fantastic artwok and some "Nice" shops.

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“Simply stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Gorgeous cathedral with remarkable marble features. Don't miss this stop in Florence. This too, is a very busy spot but if you go during lunch or early morning its not too bad.

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