Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
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Historic Sites • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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1:30 PM - 4:45 PM
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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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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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yasmineyvonne
Hitchin, UK104 contributions
Couples
This is an absolute must if you are visiting Florence. Even from the outside, it is STUNNING. It’s beautiful and it’s even nicer to sit and have some food & drink in one of the restaurants around it and be able to just really admire the building. Entry is free to get inside the cathedral, however the queues are miles long and for us we just didn’t have time to queue. So instead we booked tickets online to clime the stairs up to the dome and also the bell tower. I am SO glad we did this instead, the views from the top of both are spectacular and you can get some great photos. With the dome you get to climb all the way up to the dome and have the time too look at all of the detail. This was my favourite part of our trip and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again!
Written October 11, 2021
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Madeline
Oxford, UK29 contributions
This is a gorgeous Cathedral and the services there are done beautifully and very safe COVID wise. You have to pay to do extra things within the Church, but you do not have to pay to go to worship (08:30 on weekdays). Going to service is a great way to experience the history of the city, connect with your spirituality and get to see the art work inside for free.
Written April 17, 2022
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Leesw8
London, UK367 contributions
The exterior is better than the interior. I had visited before and never got to stand under the dome yet. Long queues get shorter in the afternoon but you can sit at a pavement cafe and admire the facade with a drink in the shade. Entry to the cathedral is free but there are tickets to the museum, to climb the dome, climb the tower and to visit the terraces, and visit the baptistery all of which add up if you wanted to do them all
Written August 27, 2020
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MaksymSokolov
Lyon, France7 contributions
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The most greedy Cathedral in the world! During pandemic they try to make money as much as they can. The Cathedral itself is free but not interesting inside (so think twice if you see a long waiting line😁).
Then you pay 10€ for the Baptistery+Museum, 15€ for the Giotto's Tower, 20€ for the Dome and finally 25€(!) for the Terrace Tour which is 100% tourist trap!
During this tour you need to stick to the narrow path, you can't make photo where you want and you barely understand the guide's English. The tour isn't informative at all and the views from the terraces are not impressive. TERRIBLY OVERPRICED EXPERIENCE 😤
Written November 1, 2021
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Mal
Blackburn, UK135 contributions
We bought the 'all in one' ticket for the Duomo which included access to the top of the dome and bell tower, the opera museum and the crypt. Tickets can be purchased from the cathedral's ticket office directly across the road from the Bell Tower entrance for €18. Be mindful that you have to purchase a ticket then select a time slot to go up the dome. We turned up at midday to purchase a ticket and learnt that we wouldn't be able to go up the dome that day since it was
full, and we'd have to wait till the next day. Considering this was the end of February, I'd recommend anyone visiting Florence in the tourist season to preferably purchase tickets online or purchase on the day but not to expect to go up the dome the same day.

The highlight of all the activities was walking up the dome itself. Its steep, narrow and there are a lot of steps but don't let this put you off as the views from the top are incredible. Just take your time climbing up, taking breaks and you should be fine. I feel like there could be a better system to control the movement on the stairs as it was difficult in parts to climb up when people were trying to come down. Don't forget to take a look in the cathedral itself (free entry) which I must
say is more impressive from the exterior. If you have time, then try to visit the museum too which is relatively quick to look around.

**If you get a chance, read up about how Brunelleschi built the dome before you visit- its mind blowing!
Written April 21, 2020
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Rachel Prime
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If you’re a culture vulture/history buff and find yourself in Florence the Duomo is an absolute must. That’s how I felt, I just wish I hadn’t felt that was in August!! I imagine that the queue for the Duomo is pretty long most of the time but In August it was massive! The queue actually snaked around the entire building and tailed off a good 100 feet away. The Duomo was the main reason we went to Florence so I was determined to see it. We waited for two hours. Standing around you had plenty of time to appreciate the beauty and grandeur of the outside of the building. The queue was pretty disorganised though, with restaurant managers having to move the people themselves so people could get to their entrances. No one from the Duomo came out to manage the line of people which I thought they should have to maintain some sort of order.
Now this part is my own fault for not doing my research, the line foot you in the the Duomo but not the Dome. You could go in to the Duomo for free, light a candle and say a prayer. Inside was very serene after the hot wait outside, but there’s not a lot in there. I had thought you could walk freely and then take your turn to climb the steps to the Dome. This is not the case at all! You have to pay extra to climb the Dome and even then you have to book (this was August so you may not have to book to get inside in the other months)
We paid to get in to the museum, at this point I’d waited two hours and I felt like I needed to see something more. The museum was more of a large basement room with a glass walkway built so you could appreciate the different levels of building found underneath the Duomo.
I would go again but next time I wouldn’t go in August and I would book in advance to Climb the dome because that’s what I really wanted to do!
Written July 26, 2020
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SimonNSW18
London, UK51 contributions
Stunning building, astonishing to walk around and appreciate the sheer scope. However if you want to see anything other than the main entrance area you have to pay for at least if not two tours which seems excessive. If you are not paying don't bother queuing more than 5 minutes as what you can see inside is so limited.
Written September 17, 2020
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mfilcol2014
Lisbon, Portugal916 contributions
The Duomo of Florence or Cathedral Santa Maria di Fiore is the main attraction of Florence. Gigantic construction, of an extraordinary beauty on the outside, its interior is a disappointment. It is left by the huge church, almost stripped of any important work of art. Some of the works are in the Duomo Opera Museum
A must-see is the climb to Brunelleschi's Dome. A climb of 465 steps to the top. The view is wonderful. 360 degrees over the city of Florence.
Be careful if you have health problems. The climb is difficult
The ticket costs 17 euros and includes, in addition to the visit to the cupula, a visit to Giotto's Campanile, the Baptistery, the Opera Museum and the Santa Reparata
Written June 22, 2022
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ArunK
New Delhi, India1 contribution
This cathedral and its square is always crowded with tourists and locals alike. This is home for numerous shopping stores which includes everything and anything right from clothes to jewelry. Watches ranging from few euros too few thousand euros are available here. I suggest if you have time to climb to the top you can enjoy a fantastic view of the whole city of Florence. Highly recommended.
Written October 20, 2020
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Mathieu B
Vevey, Switzerland3 contributions
If you are reading this while queuing to get inside the Duomo, you might want to ask yourself twice if it is worthwhile waiting that long… or not. I’ve attached a picture of the most interesting part to help you make your mind.

Whereas the cathedral is impressive and beautiful from the outside, there isn’t much to be seen inside (I am however convinced that the visit of the Cupola might be worthwhile).

Personally, I wouldn’t wait for more than 10-15 minutes maximum to get in.

If this post was useful to you, don’t forget to “like” it as this might be useful to others ;-)
Written August 2, 2021
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