Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

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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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  • Plan on spending some time in wonderful Florence. The architecture alone is phenomenal. You will spend a lot of time in this area, but dont forget about the rest of this easy to get around city  more »
  • To experience one of the most beautiful perspectives on Florence, be sure to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Tickets are worth buying online, so you will avoid a long series. The price is a tour of the cathedral, both the dome and the tower and the entrance to the Baptist. We've had a ticket price as well as a guide. You will receive instructions where exactly and at what time you have to meet. From the guide you will learn a lot of interesting and will bring you to the prospect of the domes which is a pretty decent spatula which, however, is worth;). You will continue to go on separately, and you will receive a single ticket from where you want (from the ticket type). The view from the tower is fantastic and the output can be done but it will surely handle everyone. I highly recommend:)
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  • Absolutely breathtaking exterior. The line to get inside the chapel is very large, so come prepared if you want city inside. A better bet is to climb the Bell tower beside the main cathedral. You get essentially the same view, without having to deal with the large line. Climbing the Bell tower is somewhat challenging, so make sure that you are fit enough to do it. Breath taking views of the city of Florence from the top of either the Bell tower or the dome.
  • Beautiful cathedral! Very "clean" look from the k side, compared to the "wealth" of the outside. The waiting lines are going faster than expected. One too though: they should add more detailed information inside the cathedral. There are great stories to be told, so prepare yourself before entering the cathedral
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