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“An experience and a challenge!!!”

Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
Ranked #5 of 608 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
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.
Reviewed July 8, 2017

At peak season, I'd recommend researching what you want to do in Florence, and booking tickets and timeslots in advance whenever possible - it will save you a LOT of queuing time, and potentially, disappointment.

The Duomo climb is no exception as you'll need to purchase a ticket and at the same time, validate the ticket to make a reservation for a time slot to climb. Entirely possible the first available slot will be the NEXT day so don't leave this one until the last minute.

It's well worth the effort though, to see the inner workings of the cathedral's structure, to see the views both inside the dome and across Florence from the top, and probably to lose a few pounds via the climb itself which is a decent workout by anyone's standards! On that note, caution anyone with serious health issues, or who is really afraid of heights or spiral staircases - it's a long way up and really quite hard work. There are hand rails most of the way but they're not everywhere. Equally, the route up and down is separate where possible, but there are sections where you will meet people coming the other way. 'Passing Places' are usually available.

Great experience highly recommended

Thank David G
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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

First, the real famous baptistry door are in the Duomo Museum!!! There is a terrace on the top floor right next to the dome. You buy a ticket for the museum and the Baptistry, also a don't miss! You can book the dome to climb at the same time. As an engineer it was amazing to see the inside of Brunelleschi's dome!!!!
The inside of the Duomo is not worth standing in line. See it if there is a short line. You can see inside and get pictures of the dome when you climb. And don't stand in the climbing line. Go to the front at the time shown on your receipt!!!

1  Thank Fourbarns
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

When you call your church "Grand Cathedral"- the expectations are high, meanwhile this place is just a huge heap of cinder blocks. Poor on the inside, poor on the outside. View from the dome is so-so. Definitely not worth booking ahead of time and standing in a queue.

Venice has at least 3 prettier churches than this "Grand" Cathedral.

Thank Nikita K
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Reviewed July 6, 2017

Such a beauty..... I've been inside 5 times and it never gets boring. Always something new catches my eye.

Thank deannasheehan
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Reviewed July 6, 2017 via mobile

After enjoying the external architecture and being amazed by its beauty especially the "paradiso" which is the area between the baptistery and the church we were disappointed by the internal.

Big majority of the statues are removed. The church is empty.

Duration of visit: 10 minutes
Free

Thank 214rabihs
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