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Il Duomo of Florence

Piazza Duomo 17, Florence 50122 Italy
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    With a powerful pressence, the duomo is the central figure of Florence (just as its creators had intended in 1446). The sheer size of this cathedral will have you doing double-takes, as you check to see if it's actually all real or just some big hollywood set piece. But nope it's real and incredible. You must see the duomo during the day, at sunset, and at night as she takes on new appearences with a change in lighting. You'll also want a picture of the duomo from the viewpoint, Piazza Michelangelo.

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    There are over 400 steps but it doesn't take too long to get to the top -- really incredible views of Florence and totally worth the 8 euro to check it out!

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    Il Duomo is amazing. By the time I got to Florence, duomos (duomi?) were getting to be a bit boring because everyone seemed to have one. This one still awed me. There's a walk along the top of the inside that's worth it.

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    the Florence cathedral ( Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore) is the main church and most famous place to visit in Florence. the height of the dome is 114.5 m.

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    The Duomo or the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower, is the main church of Florence, Italy. The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile. The basilica is one of Italy's largest churches, and until 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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    In my opinion one of the most beautiful Doumos in Italy. You can climb up to the top and get a great view of the city.

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    Magnificent church full of photogenic detail. The dome looks great near the golden hour. Just a few steps away from a lovely square full of very reasonable restaurants (the square is sort of between the Magdalena Church and Il Duomo).

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    A mesmerising city with art everywhere. Il Duomo, Florence's Cathedral is the centre of attention.

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    Make sure to do the climb to the top for the most magnificent view of Florence. It's a lot of stairs, some inside the dome and you much crouch down. But, oh, so worth it!

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    A true feat in architecture. Inside the church is boring but it is still amazing how the dome stays up.

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    Quite impressive. Go all the way up using the special pass that lets you skip lines when entering the catedral afterwards.

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    You have to come here if you are in Florence it is so amazing. You can light a candle for someone in the church! We walked all the way up to the top and the view of Florence is breathtaking!

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    420 steps separates you from the best 360 view of Florence. better go up on a sunny day.. you don't want to get up there and it's raining!

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    Best thing in the city. The cathedral is gorgeous close-up, but even more impressive when viewed from the hills on the other side of the Arno. Plan to climb the dome and make that hike for the best experience.

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    I lived 5 blocks away from the Duomo when I lived in Florence. If you are visiting Florence, this dome-shaped landmark is definitely at the top of the list for visitation. It truly is a remarkable site!

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    Very worth seeing but the most important thing to see in Florence is Michaelangelo's DAVID at the Galleria Della Academia. Watch out for pickpockets, especially at the Duomo.

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    I didn't go inside, but was amazed by this structure which was easily seen from many places in Florence including the Michaelangelo suite at the B&B we stayed in. This structure is so large that it makes it very easy to navigate Florence.

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    The neighborhood of the duomo is wonderful in the night. A must-visit. The top of the duomo (quite a climb) gives a wonderful view of Florence.

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    The famous cathedral dome dominates the skyline of Florence. Built by Filippo Brunelleschi who won the competition for its commission in 1418, the dome is egg-shaped and was made without scaffolding. The raising of this dome, the largest in the world in its time, was no easy architectural feat. The best way to see the dome is to climb its 463 steps: the route takes you by the interior of the dome where you can admire close-up Giorgio Vasari's much-reviled frescoes of the Last Judgment.

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    Don't be discouraged by the ambulances standing by, the climb to the top (all 463 steps) of the Duomo isn't easy but doable if you are in decent shape. It's definitely worth all the effort to see a breathtaking view of the entire city. The interior of the dome is accented with some of the most outrageously "demonic" images I've ever seen in a Catholic church! The exterior is also amazingly beautiful and intricate, and almost as good as the inside. This is one of my favorite churches in Italy, maybe even in the world!

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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 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 ... read more
Cart) where a oxen-drawn cart stuffed with fireworks comes from Prato to the center of the city and ignited.

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Aliases: Santa Maria del Fiore