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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

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Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Historic Site
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The symbol of the city and its main church, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is renowned for its huge dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi, one of the foremost architects of the Italian Renaissance. This Gothic structure, begun in 1296 following the design of architect Arnolfo di Cambio, was completed in 1436. The elaborate facade is a 19th-century addition that represents the Gothic Revival style prevalent across Europe at the time. The cathedral complex, which includes a baptistery and a bell tower, is part of a World Heritage site covering the historic center of the city. In the piazza in front of the cathedral, a statue of Brunelleschi looks upwards towards his dome. You can climb the 464 steps to the dome through the entrance on the side of the church, but be prepared for a long line. With our international travel planner, Florence attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Absolutely stunning and hard to grasp the actual size!! We climbed to the top of the Duomo tour and the view was spectacular from the top! As most views have said, the stairs are steep and it’s... 
    Absolutely stunning and hard to grasp the actual size!! We climbed to the top of the Duomo tour and the view was spectacular from the top! As most views have said, the stairs are steep and it’s...  more »
  • Being in Florence and not seeing this cathedral? During the season, the queue might seems too long, but you won't be waiting too much. The enter is free :) 
    Being in Florence and not seeing this cathedral? During the season, the queue might seems too long, but you won't be waiting too much. The enter is free :)  more »
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  • An absolute must if you are able to climb a decent amount of stairs. The climb was not bad and actually quite fun. You have to navigate through steep stairs, ladders, and snug hallways which was amusing to watch my 6’1 boyfriend get through. The view from the top was stunning. They limit the time you have at the top to ensure the next group has time to soak in the views as well. The journey going down was just as fun and breathtaking. The ceiling of the Cathedral was such a beautiful sight. One of my favorite memories of my entire 4 day stay in Florence. Definitely going back if I can!
  • Amazing building. Italy’s cathedrals never cease to impress me. Every time I go near it I am in awe of its beauty. I would recommend to buy a ticket to climb the tower. With the tower, you’ll still get the view of the Duomo, but perhaps without the day long queues. The morning time is much easier in terms of crowds than evening times. Even at midnight the crowd never stops. Definitely go here when you get the chance!

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