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“Great church (better looking from the outside)”

Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
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$62.66*
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The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces
Ranked #3 of 631 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.
Vuokatti, Finland
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“Great church (better looking from the outside)”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

When you see Santa Maria del Fiore as you walk in the street you may agree that it is one of the most beautiful churches in Italy. Great place to take pictures. The inside was a little disappointing since we were expecting more spectacular decorations in the inside. The climb to the dome is easy even though there are about 500 steps, but the views from the top are magnificent (if you go to Palazzo Vecchio and climb the tower you may skip this climb)

Visited August 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Top of list in Florence”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

If you are in Florence, you must at least visit the inside of this gorgeous dome. Keep in mind, it opens later on Sundays. Words can't describe the beauty or the scale of this piece of wonder.

Visited May 2013
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Cheltenham
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“Worth a visit if you don't have to queue too long”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Our queuing time was longer than our actual visit to the cathedral. I am glad to have seen the magnificent dome paintings but the remainder of the cathedral is much less spectacular than the duomo in Siena. The flooring in Florence's cathedral is very ornate and should not be overlooked when your eyes are generally looking up! A small book shop downstairs sells souvenirs. Worth a visit but don't expect to spend hours. Staggered entry is helpful in ensuring it is never too full.

Visited August 2013
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“Environmental Issues”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

The Duomo and Baptistry were quite dirty on outside, front of Duomo has been cleaned and they are working on rest of it...could take years. The marble is magnificent and remember, it is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Flowers when viewing it.

Visited August 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Amazing”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

The white marble background with the green graphic exterior is so beautiful both under the day & night time. It is the landmark of Florence as you may pass it by serval times per day & it has different view when you look at it in different angle & you will find that it is so big & really gorges!

You should take photos from day to night in different angles and you may find it is so big & amazing!

When you walk close to it, you can already feel the calm & peaceful. When you stand in front of it, you will find that it is so huge!

The interior is very spacious & holy, it seams that all our sin can be released & be forgiven although there is not many seats inside or area for your pray but you can feel the Holy Spirit is there.

I went there serval times during the stays to refresh myself. It is worth to climb up for the beautiful view too...

Florence is such a beautiful city I would like to visit again & again...

Visited July 2013
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