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Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
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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.
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

What a beautiful church and baptistry. The green and white colors on the outside were unexpected and very beautiful, as were the baptistry doors.

Visited November 2013
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“Really Dirty !!!”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

For paying top money to go up down and enter inside i dont get how this place can be so dirty ! its ashame with all this tourist and people who go to see it ...

Visited October 2013
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“Must do and very worth the climb to the cupola”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

I personally enjoyed the decorative exterior more than the interior of the church. Don't get me wrong, inside is beautiful and BIG but the green, pink and white marble is such a distinctive design it is very powerful. The front facade is also quite impressive, I didn't take the time to count but there are numerous statuary and beautiful mosaics. The highlight inside for me was the lower level -- you might miss it if you aren't' looking for it. It is an escalation of the older cathedral built in 700AD plus the surprise discovery of Brunelleschi's tomb...the best place for him to be IMO.

Speaking of Master Brunelleschi, if you are even marginally fit the trip to the top of the dome is so very worth it. I recommend early in the morning, it opens at 8:30am as there will be smallest number of others. I was nearly alone the entire trip (granted it was mid-January and there were no lines anywhere) and this made it enjoyable to go at my own pace. I didn't expect to see inside the duomo, but that was a wonderful treat -- to look down at two different very high spots. You also get a very up close and personal view of the Vasari's fresco and most of the stained glass windows by various Renaissance artists.

The view from top is breathtaking, being the tallest point in Florence. I imagine the pictures from the Campanile are marvelous as well, esp. since you can get the Duomo behind you in the shot. However, if you opted for just one hike up, you'd miss out on the experience of seeking Brunelleschi's design work up close and personal (the brick work is genius) as you are within the double dome to climb up. You'd also miss the view down into the Cathedral that is, in my experience, incredibly rare and unique.

Visited January 2014
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“Worth visiting the Santa Reparata remnants below the cathedral”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Florence’s Cathedral with its massive proportions and the red domes is quite famous and it’s worth a visit (or two) and it's free. The Cathedral was built on the remnants of the earlier church, which dates back to 4 or 5 AD - the Cathedral of Santa Reparata. Dare I say that it's more fascinating than the actual Duomo?!

Pay an entrance fee of 3 Euros and descend the steps down to the old cathedral and you will see that parts of it are still intact. The mosaic flooring, frescoes, tombstones of bishops, marble works, and parts of a staircase – all give an idea of the modest church that survived for nearly 1000 years.

Visited June 2013
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

One can go to Florence just because of seeing this amazing cathedral. It is very detailed and attractive so you cannot take your eyes off!

Visited January 2014
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