Florence Cathedral, formally the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Italian pronunciation: [katteˈdraːle di ˈsanta maˈriːa del ˈfjoːre]; in English Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower), is the cathedral of Florence, Italy (Italian: Duomo di Firenze). It was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style to a design of Arnolfo di Cambio and was structurally completed by 1436, with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. The exterior of the basilica is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink, bordered by white, and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival façade by Emilio De Fabris.
The cathedral complex, in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile. These three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the historic centre of Florence and are a major tourist attraction of Tuscany. The basilica is one of Italy's largest churches, and until the development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.
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Andrew Kan | Jan 19, 2018
Amazing views, well worth the 463 step climb. Much better view than the nearby and shorter bell tower, which has a metal barrier blocking the view. Impressive architecture to walk inside. There is a long wait normally. I booked in advanced with a time slot. I waited in line and was not allowed in because I was 5 minutes early for my time slot. I had to stand on the side (in the rain) for my time slot. The person left and went inside. But the person did not come out until 15 minutes after my time slot. Too much unnecessary waiting in the rain. Then I climb the stairs. The climb is okay when there are not people coming in the opposite direction. If that happens (it will), there is no where to stand, so you have to go pass the narrow way or stand on the side of the steps with people squeezing by. The bottom half has separate stairs going up and down. The view of the city is impressive, especially at sunset. You can go all around the dome. When I wanted to go down, there was a line as the guard stopped the line to allow people to go outside.
Grace Morgan | Feb 15, 2018
We were slightly hesitant about the climbing the dome as we'd read reviews about tight corridors and not to go up if you're claustrophobic. However, We were pleasantly surprised! The walk up was easy. It was well lit and never felt cramped. Slightly annoying when at one point you have to squeeze past the people coming down too, but that doesn't last for long. Worth it for the view!! Amazing.
Patricia Suarez | Feb 14, 2018
If you visit Florence you MUST visit the dome and i strongly recommend paying the 15 euros to go to the top. The views are amazing and well worth the 450 step climb. You get to see the inside of the dome, which is a beautiful work of art. (If you want to get views of Florence with the Dome however, you should climb the bell tower as well, which is included in the 15 euro price)
Duy Tran | Mar 4, 2018
The stair climb is not for the faint of heart. The climb itself is totally doable for most healthy people. The problem is when you need to continue up and there's a bunch of people that are going down. We encountered several situations where traffic was at a stalemate because there was no more space to squeeze bodies to let the other side of traffic through. I think there needs to be traffic controllers to resolve this issue Besides the super narrow stairs and traffic, the dome is well worth it.
Senor Anonimo | Feb 11, 2018
The sight from above is impressive! Be aware, though, of the following: there is usually a 30' wait before entering and the stairs are rather narrow (so you will have to stretch yourself when someone else is coming on the opposite direction)
DAVID SNYDER | Apr 1, 2018
Remarkable. If you can manage the climb the views of the interior of the dome with its magnificent frescoes are spectacular. With a little more energy, the steep climb to the external platform around the cupola offers you remarkable views first into the interior spaces between the internal and external domes, then 360 degrees of Florence and its surroundings.
HB Lew | May 12, 2018
Great experience even if you only see it from inside the Cathedral. We chose to skip the climbing tour of the Cupola, after reading about the strenous walk that so many reviewers referred to. Instead, we entered the Cathedral after an approximate 75 minute wait in line. Admission is free and it was fun people watching as we waited. At the back of the Cathedral, you see the wonderful inside of the Cupola, appearing to reach endlessly into the sky. It is a beautiful sight and highly recommended.
Randy Yu | May 25, 2018
Get ready to go up the brutal 400+ steps the top through ctowded, steep, and spiral stone staircases... Don't do this if you can't physically do so... Get rewarded with a breathtaking view afterwards, good exercises... Enough to burn the best tasting gelato and pastas surrounding the place.
Martin Schroder | Jun 17, 2018
this is one of those places you should see when you visit Florence. yes, you need to buy a ticket (€18 in June 2018) but it's valid for 3 days, you get to few places around (like the museum, crypt, baptistery), and you get to the top of the Dome!! (do not try if you don't like heights). absolutely magnificent building.
Grace Morgan | Aug 7, 2018
We were slightly hesitant about climbing the dome as we'd read reviews about tight corridors and not to go up if you're claustrophobic. However, We were pleasantly surprised! The walk up was easy. It was well lit and never felt cramped. Slightly annoying when at one point you have to squeeze past the people coming down too, but that doesn't last for long. Worth it for the view!! Amazing.
Olof Martell | Aug 1, 2018
Very nice, but a long line to get in even with a booking. The view from the top is breathtaking. Be prepared to go up a lot of stairs that are narrow and crooked.
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