Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo
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This large city square contains the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, the third largest cathedral in the world after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London.
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Neighborhood: Duomo
Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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  • K7651GZmikef
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Early entry to Duomo was Fantastic!
    We participated in the early entrance to the Piazza del Duomo in Florence. It was well worth getting up early! So nice to be there before the crowds. Was also fun seeing the giant old keys to open the doors! tour guide Maria Kristina was great, very knowledgeable about the basilica! Fantastic experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • ladwander
    Massachusetts105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply a marvel
    I admit, I did not get a pass to go inside the cathedral, as I was only in Florence for a day and couldn't wait in line that long. But seeing the architectural marvel that is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Flore from the outside was more than enough for me. I do not believe I will see another example of art and architecture more magnificent anywhere else in the world. This is reason enough to go to Florence.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,054 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Probably most popular thing to do in Florence
    Incredibly busy, maybe too busy at times, the size of cathedral is staggering from the outside it’s amazing how it changes through he course of the day with the lighting. Inside is also done really well with beautiful architecture and art work to admire, once again extremely busy inside with also a line up to get in, however line did move fairly quickly. Worth climbing to Dome can be demanding climb so if you have mobility issues you maybe should give it a miss.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 3, 2023
  • 436Mimi
    London, United Kingdom227 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    A busy tourist spot. I highly recommend you visiting a lovely, traditional ristorante in this area. Be prepared for the queues to see attractions like the Duomo as they are long, so you might want to pre-book these, alternatively you might be happy just strolling the narrow streets and plazas. Florence has some of the finest leather and jewellery shops, but these can be pricey. There are no public toilets in Florence but cafes (for the price of a coffee) will let you use theirs and you may as well stop and absorb the hustle and bustle of this beautiful busy city. Remember to take plenty of water if visiting in the summer, small newsagents sell refrigerated bottles of water and other drinks for approximately 1-3€
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 18, 2023
  • m00minmumma
    Hastings, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but busy
    We stayed near this area so walked through at various times of the day. Very busy with long queues to get in, traders and a few bikes and scooters. Stunning in the evening especially when the bell chimed. The architecture is amazing. a very special place.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 20, 2023
  • suzanne d
    United Kingdom11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, historic city.
    Beautiful city, fabulous atmosphere. Wonderful shops. A real experience. I wish we had planned our trip better and booked a slot to go into the cathedral and palace. The queues were long and we missed out on the palace. Will definitely return.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 26, 2023
  • travel_in_fours
    Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit when in Florence
    Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) includes the cathedral itself, Florence’s Battistero and Giotto’s Belltower. The Cathedral is open from 10:00am to 4:30pm, while the opening times of the other Duomo Complex attractions vary between 8:15am and 7:00pm Florence cathedral is part of a complex of buildings, one beside the other. Do not forget to have the Dome climb. The view from the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome is breathtaking. 463 steps.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,201 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Square in the Shadow of the Duomo
    Most popular, and touristy, square in Florence. Located in the midst of the Duomo, there's no shortage of eateries, shops and panhandlers in this square. Beware of belongings though as pickpockets do work the crowd and others at times try to sell you cheap knockoff items. Come for the pictures and to visit the Duomo and the sites, then move on as the best eateries are not located in this square.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 24, 2023
  • L_K1509
    London, United Kingdom1,626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sit and admire the view
    The area is vast and circles the Duomo cathedral. There are places to sit and just take in the stunning building. There are many restaurants / cafes and shops surrounding the square. Here you can people watch the many visitors to Florence, just be careful of you belongings as it’s pickpockets paradise.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Marchell
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom1,110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic climb up!
    Thankfully we rebooked online our trek up the Duomo. Sold out slots on the day as so busy! Truly magnificent buildings. The climb up was pretty easy. Two stops along the way. Incredible views both inside and outside of the Duomo. You simply must visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
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John D
Lisburn, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
This is a beautiful square accentuated by Filippo Brunelleschi's iconic dome. The climb to the top of the dome, whilst a rather tough 400+ steps, is worth it for the views. The thrill at the top as you take in the sights of Florence is a memory that will last a lifetime. The cathedral is a delight to admire, whilst square itself is spacious and spotted with restaurants that won't cost an arm and a leg (though a 5min walk in any direction will save you a few euros). Look out for the statue of Brunelleschi himself gazing up at his dome.

Note: be wary of people approaching you in the square who typically greet you in English (easy way to identify they are targeting tourists) by asking the time, or where you are from. Politely usher them along ("no grazie" usually works) without engaging in conversation.
Written October 6, 2020
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Luke T
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
The entire plaza in Florence is well worth a visit and we would 100% recommend visiting it. It was the most beautiful city we saw when we were travelling around Italy and it is a must-see! If you book the tickets on the official website for the landmarks (see here - Opera Duomo Firenze) you can choose different types/groups of tickets to suit you. We would have loved more time in Florence as we were only there for 2 days, 3 days would be perfect as it is quite expensive to eat/stay (more expensive than Rome!) but the views from the dome and tower are breath-taking!

The opera del duomo museum is not to be overlooked either as it gives you so much history and background to the city of Florence as well as the Piazza del Duomo.
Written August 12, 2022
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436Mimi
London, UK227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A busy tourist spot. I highly recommend you visiting a lovely, traditional ristorante in this area. Be prepared for the queues to see attractions like the Duomo as they are long, so you might want to pre-book these, alternatively you might be happy just strolling the narrow streets and plazas. Florence has some of the finest leather and jewellery shops, but these can be pricey. There are no public toilets in Florence but cafes (for the price of a coffee) will let you use theirs and you may as well stop and absorb the hustle and bustle of this beautiful busy city. Remember to take plenty of water if visiting in the summer, small newsagents sell refrigerated bottles of water and other drinks for approximately 1-3€
Written August 18, 2023
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SunriseSki
Singapore1,016 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The Duomo is one of the most beautiful of the world (if not the most beautiful). You can so tell how wealthy this town was when it was built. There is the possibility to climb the tower and the Cupola, however you need to reserve well in advance including the time you want to get it. You have not seen Florence if you did not visit the Duomo.
Written August 10, 2021
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Kendall K
1,145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
My girlfriend took me here to share in an experience she had when she had visited once before with her best friend. Seeing this massive historic structure was beautiful. Not only that, the bustling traffic surrounding it is a joy, seeing people take photos, artist selling their paintings, and other various activities. I recommend taking a seat at one of the many restaurants near by and enjoy the view with some good Italian food and wine.
Written October 1, 2021
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Bill B
Pueblo, CO1,376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is clearly a destination in Florence...the Duomo. There is plenty of space for the crowds that gather around the Cathedral, Baptistery, and Giotto's Bell Tower. There are some incredible caffes' situated around the Piazza where you can sit and enjoy coffee and pastry.
Written January 21, 2020
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Dana S
Denver, CO132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The structure of the Duomo is breathtaking, a vision when you see it the first time. However, the lines to get into the buildings are prohibitively long. I was unable to get into the Duomo, as I didn't want to spend hours in line to get in. I did, however attend mass in the church, and the inside of that is beautiful!
Written January 9, 2020
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Timzorrr
Edmonds, WA1,605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Piazza del Duomo is the cobblestone square in surrounding the front of the MASSIVE Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore.
All sorts of shops form the perimeter of the Piazza del Doumo.
There are benches to rest on.
It fills with people during the day and often quite empty in the later evening.
It is centrally located, so if you stay near this piazza you will be right in the center of things.
Written February 28, 2020
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is the public square where you can find the iconic and landmark Duomo, Campanile di Giotto and Baptistry buildings in the Historic Centre of Florence. There are other attractions in the area such as Loggia del Bigallo (museum), lots of souvenir shops, casual eateries and unfortunately massive crowds of tourists as well due to the relative small size of the square where people congregate to visit the Duomo attractions.

If you want leisurely visits wandering the square, visit first thing in the morning prior to the attractions opening and the tour groups arriving. Or pass by in the evening when the majority of people have left and returned to their hotels. However, it is difficult to beat viewing the remarkable buildings here during midday when skies are blue and sunlight shines upon the charming marble patterned building facades.

Note that you can enter Duomo (free) but do expect quite a queue as everyone else is doing the same and they actively try to manage the number of people going inside to see the inner frescos of Brunelleschi's Dome.

If you want to climb the dome to get up close look at the frescos, you need to acquire one of the Duomo Pass tickets that includes this attraction. Passes also include different combinations of access to Baptistry, Duomo Museum and a climb up the steps of Campanile as well.
Written April 14, 2024
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad5,944 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This Piazza del Duomo is by far nicest most lively Piazza. Here the main attraction is the Duomo cathedral, the most beautiful and unusual Cathedral worldwide and all the other beautiful buildings surrounding.
The area is lively with restaurants, shops and many tourists milling around enjoying the scenery. Every building in the area is a beauty.
I will definitely recommend this area to all visiting Florence.
Written June 14, 2020
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