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“Hidden gem!” 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 414 things to do in Florence
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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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“Hidden gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Not sure if people realized this, but in the garden, there's a cemetery. You will literally walk over the graves, so pay attenton to the gravestones embedded in the ground and walls. They tell a story about the people who once lived in Firenze.

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“Wear pants!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

The outside is beautiful, the inside is free, no line, but not as fancy. Several tourists were not allowed to enter because they were wearing shorts. Please remember to cover knees and shoulders no matter how warm it is to go into most religious sites.

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“Hands down the most stunning structure in Florence and impossible to miss.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This huge cathedral with its famous dome, together with Giotto’s campanile, towers over the city’s rooftops making it easy to find while navigating the city streets on foot. We visited around 3PM so the area was very busy and crowds were everywhere. No escaping them unless you point the camera upward to take shots of the façade and dome. Free admission inside the church but there wasn’t much to see except the unusual one-handed clock at the back, the beautiful mosaic floors and the dome’s frescoes of the Last Judgment. We were pressed for time and had to catch a train back to Rome so we skipped the climb up the dome. Not keen on the 463 steps but would have liked to compare the climb to that of St. Peter’s cupola and of course see the view.

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“A beautiful building outside and in”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

I really loved this duomo. I have seen many throughout Italy (and the uk) and I found this one to be very special. Yes it didn't have the decor of the one in siena or the glitz of St. Peter's but there was something much more moving about the fact it was quite austere on the inside. The lack of frescoes and colour meant you could truly appreciate the architecture within.

I like my cathedrals more fuss-free!

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“A view worth seeing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The Duomo is always a popular attraction and I would suggest that you do not go first thing if you don't have to as the queue is large and chaotic and you will get annoyed before you get in. If you want to go up to the top of the dome then you do not queue at the front door. While looking at the main entrance walk towards the left hand side of the cathedral turn right and walk down the left hand side of the cathedral and about three quarters of the way down the side there is an entrance. Its worth mentioning that once you have been to the top which is a bit of a climb and quite steep in places so take your time, (but worth the effort) that you take a different route down and exit on the opposite side of the cathedral.

Visited May 2013
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