I wouldn't trade my climb to the top of the bell tower for anything. I got a pass at a local museum for several local attractions in the area of the Duomo and climbing to the top of the Bell tower was one of them.
It is quite a hike, something around 550 steps to the top, when you think you've reached the top you're still not there yet! It is all worth it for the views though. 360 degree views of the entire city. You'll take thousands of pictures and it will be an experience you will NEVER forget.
I will say that I have also heard that climbing the stairs to the top of the Duomo is equally as thrilling, but neither option is wheelchair friendly.
This is a don't miss stop when you visit Florence!
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