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Il Duomo of Florence
Il Duomo of Florence

Il Duomo of Florence

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Piazza Duomo 17, Florence 50122 Italy
+39 55 21 5380
http://www.duomofirenze.it/
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As the city's skyline symbol, the legendary Duomo is famous above all for its dome: Filippo Brunelleschi's Renaissance masterpiece, completed in 1436, created a double dome shell so that the dome is ... Read more
entirely self-supporting. It still stands as the largest masonry dome in the world, containing over 4,000,000 bricks! Climb to the top (all 463 steps) to get an unforgettable panoramic view of the city, which has changed little in the past 500 years. Construction started in 1296 on the site of the Roman basilica of Santa Reparata, of which there are still visible remains with a design by the great Florentine architect, Arnolfo di Cambio. The existing neo-Gothic facade was added in the 19th century by Emilio De Fabris. Covering a massive 3,600 square meters, the frescoes inside the dome depict the Last Judgment, painted by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari. If you can stand the throngs of people and get a good spot early, come on Easter Sunday for the Scoppio del carro (Explosion of the Cart) where a oxen-drawn cart stuffed with fireworks comes from Prato to the center of the city and ignited.

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San Diego

Definitely one of the most beautiful cathedrals on the outside with its distinctive pink and green marble. They were in the process of cleaning it while I was there and the difference is just amazing. It is massive...you can't miss it!

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Terracina

Visit the Cathedral & Baptisry, and also the nearby Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

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Reno

This building is incredible. My biggest regret was not waiting in the line to go to the top. Keep in mind, a modest dress code is enforced!

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Washington, D.C.

Impressive sight! Definitely a place to see. Grab an espresso or a glass wine nearby and immerse yourself in this sight.

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Rivalta di Torino

When visiting the Duomo (Cathedral), make sure to visit the wonderful Duomo Museum, one of the best in Florence.

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State College

It's Italy and Florence, everything is beautiful and well preserved for its millions of global visitors. Gorgeous architecture, fantastic food and generous locals

Recommended for:History Buffs
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A day trip to Florence by train is easy, trains every hour from nearby Camucia station.

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San Diego

Unfortunately, we didn't get to go inside - being that we were there on a Sunday in the summer (!!), but the exterior is beautiful to behold as well. It's a gorgeous piece of work, and it reminded me of a candy house from a fairy tale.

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Bronx

I've been there ...done that !!...had the most amazing dance to local violist player ... Kissed on its surrounded areas ... Absolutely adorable☺️

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Local from San Miniato

Just one of the most beautiful buildings in the world ! From Brunelleschi .. Perhaps no everybody know that this building inspired even. Dessert that in florence is really famous : zuccotto ! Is the first semifreddo invented , and the person we need to thank is Caterina de' Medici ( one of the most important family in Europe ) . The shape of the zuccotto is absolutely equal to the dome .

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Surrey

Very beautiful. It was a lot larger than I thought it would be. The interior is gorgeous.

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The Duomo of Firenze is gorgeous, there is always a long line waiting to get in but it's worth waiting.

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Mountain View

The artistry of this church can't be matched. The whole town is amazing, from the tiny cafes where you get coffee in the morning, to the tiniest details of the design of this place. A must-see.

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Anchorage

Splendid work of engineering which really helps you to appreciate the art and architecture of the renaissance.

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One of the most beautiful cathedral around the world - Santa Maria del Fiore - Few steps from the apartment.

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Sunnyside

Beautiful building! It looks unreal in photographs and those don't even do it justice. A must see in Florence but beware of all the tourist traps around the Duomo!

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Puerto Vallarta

Wow! Incredible! I just could not get enough! So beautiful! I think this might be my new favorite building. So impressive!

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Denver

It impossible to miss seeing Il Duomo in Florence. Boasting the largest brick dome in the world, this cathedral is another must-see when you're in town. Climb the 400+ stairs to the top for a breathtaking view of Florence as well as a close up look at the dome's interior frescoes.

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Bedford

I read Brunelleschi's Dome before visiting, which made the duomo at Santa Maria del Fiore one of the highlights of my trip. The line was fairly long to go into the dome but it was absolutely worth the wait for some of the best views of Florence.

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Berlin

The exterior of the Duomo is amazing. You can view it in the morning, afternoon and evening and it looks different every time. The intricacy of the details, the colors of the marble and the dome are a feast for the eyes.
The interior is uninspiring as much of the art has been taken to other museums. If the wait is short, you can peak in and see, especially look up for the dome, but unless you're planning on climbing the dome, there's no sense in buying the 10 euro ticket (the Duomo itself is free).

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