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“cathedral and Duomo” 3 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 #12 of 214 Attractions in Florence
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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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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“cathedral and Duomo”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

The cathedral, unfortunately I have seen better inside, but the outside is breath taking. They are strict and do not let people in wearing shorts or vest tops (cant understand why people would disrespect the church by trying to wear these inside any way). The Dome itself is worth the climb (463 steps I think it was) you get right up into the ceiling and up to the roof top. There is no lift and the passage way is very narrow. You have to buy these tickets at the ticket office just across the road. You need to get there early to visit these as queues are long. The Duomo isn't open on a sunday.

Visited June 2013
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“climb the 463 stairs!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

the cathedral is beautiful in its own right, but you should take the stairs to the top and enjoy the view

Visited June 2013
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“Amazing building dominates Florence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

The sheer size dominates & outside decoration is incredible but inside disappoints. Tends to get very crowded.

Visited July 2013
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“Impressive outside, ok inside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

I am glad I went inside to see the dome, but as there are many cool churches in Italy, it is not required. Know that ladies need to have their shoulders covered and not wear short shorts. In some places shorts need to be covering knees.

Visited June 2013
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“Awesome!! Do not miss it...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Its free and totally awesome!! Very beautiful and worth looking at. The whole feel is so amazing..
Its unlike other cathedrals. Very intersting to look at and the craftsmanship inside is stunning.

Visited August 2012
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