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“Great out door theatre”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Piazza del Duomo

Piazza del Duomo
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Florence Duomo Complex Tour Including Restoration Workshop
Ranked #2 of 440 things to do in Florence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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“Great out door theatre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

Italians, especially the young, like to parade themselves but not here. Here it is the spectacle of the tourist theatre. Find (difficult one this) a bench or spot in the shade to stop and eat your panini or drink your water and enjoy the passing parade, the theatre of life on the move in one of the world's most iconic spaces. In front of you the Gates of Paradise (Michelangelo's verdict on Ghiberti's doors of the Baptistery), and the wonderful Doumo with its stunning dome designed and executed by Brunelleschi. If you are interested you might have picked up Ross King’s slim but excellent volume tells you in detail how Mr Brunelleschi did it in magnificent style and economy and you can ponder on how great these Renaissance men truly were; Filippo Brunelleschi scientist, mathematician, engineer and artist.

Visited September 2012
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“Feel the Pulse of the City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Want to feel the pulse of the city of Florence...no better place that the Piazza del Duomo. The square hasn't changed much since the Fourteenth Century. It's still the religious center of the city and a place to meet, to see, and be seen. The square is huge and surrounds the Duomo, its Baptistry, and Campanile. All three are decorated with stripes of colored marble in the Tuscan taste.

Cafes and shops ring the Piazza and are perfect vantage points for seeking out the perfect angle to shoot photos and above all, watch the people passing by. This is one of the most colorful squares in the city. Watch your wallets...this is a traditional haunt of pickpockets and thieves.

Visited November 2012
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Florence, Italy
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“AMAZING!!! Duomo, Tower, Shops & best Gelateria in Florence!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

This was our absolute favorite area in Florence!! So much going on and shops/owners/restaurants were most pleasant and reasonable prices. The vibe is truly WONDERFUL!!

Visited May 2012
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“Bucket List Item 1 Complete”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

There is nothing in the world comparable to standing in the Piazza del Duomo, looking at the Cathedral, the Campanile and the Baptistery while eating gelato and contemplating the fact that a Medici might have, at some point in the past, taken in the exact same view. Probably not with the gelato, though...

Speaking of the Medici, their coat of arms, the _palle_ is all over the place and you can almost make a game out of palle-spotting.

If the Piazza della Signoria is the municipal/civic heart of Florence, then this is very much the spiritual heart. The Cathedral is gorgeous and the coloured marble is like nothing I've ever seen before. And that dome is awe-inspiring--I would have liked to see the inside of it and visit the cathedral and to go up the Campanile, but again, there wasn't time. The Baptistery is also amazing, especially the bronze doors, which I have read about. Being there and looking at them though, was an entirely different experience.

The piazza is central to the city and, going one way you can get to the Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio; another brings you to the Accademia; a third will bring you to the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi. Or you can grab a spot at one of the restaurant patios in the piazza and people-watch, because the place seethes with them.

I did not spend nearly enough time in Florence and I cannot wait to go back.

Visited October 2012
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“Lots to see and do! Beautiful building surround you!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

This is a very main attraction area in florence...there is a lot to see and do. Plenty of places to people watch or grab a bite in a cafe. A must visit while in florence. Also a central location to many other areas.

Visited June 2012
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