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“It's all about Brunelleschi's Dome, folks!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
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Florence Opera del Duomo Museum Small-Group Tour
Ranked #2 of 420 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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“It's all about Brunelleschi's Dome, folks!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

The famous Duomo cathedral marks the historical center of Florence and is probably the most well known of the city's architectural monuments. The multicolored exterior is a bit too gaudy for my tastes, and the interior has been stripped of all the altars and relevant artwork (most of this is now in the nearby Duomo Museum which you shouldn't miss) giving it a rather bare atmosphere. The real star is Brunelleschi's Dome. I was dreading the 463-step climb up inside the dome to the roof, but the view of Florence was well worth it. Architectural-engineering fans will groove on Brunelleschi's clever solution to spanning the vast 140-foot wide transept with dome inside a dome.

Visited February 2013
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“Soaring in the air”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

The impression which Duomo produces can be hardly described by words. The cathedral is massive yet it seems to soaring in the air. One of the greatest creations of mankind ever.
Unfortunatelly, it is under maintenance, so some parts are covered with nets. Still, Duomo is very beautiful.

Visited February 2013
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“Duomo Cathedral simply stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Make sure you visit the Duomo and the Piazza Duomo when you are in Milan. Make sure you walk thru and and take in the history of the place and find all the little nooks and crannies. Its a fasinating place. Look out for the guys in the Piazza who call the birds in for photos. The will try and charge you 20 Euro for the privilage. Take note italian Govt/police this does nothing for the tourist experience to have a pack of blokes desend on you and then harass you when you say no.
Walk thru the Galleria Vitorrio Emanuele attached to the Piazza it has some fantastic artwok and some "Nice" shops.

Visited February 2013
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“Simply stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Gorgeous cathedral with remarkable marble features. Don't miss this stop in Florence. This too, is a very busy spot but if you go during lunch or early morning its not too bad.

Visited August 2012
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Another beautiful cathedral agin so much to see snide do not misss a single thing. If you close yur eyes snide you can almost hear the music

Visited September 2012
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