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Duomo / Cattedrale / Santa Maria del Fiore

Doumo di Firenze

5 stars
The Cathedral was begun to establish in 1296 and it took almost 175 years to complete. It was a center for the period of the Florentine Republic. It can accommodate 30,000 people.
The highlight point of this “Santa Maria del Fiore” is the Cupola, constructed by the famous architect Brunellschi in 1417: it’s a symbol of the prosperity of the Florence Medici Family. It can be seen from every spot in the town; its figure is described as “Like a hill”, which is thought as a miracle in architecture. Its red roof is so distinguished in Florence.
Inside you can see some frescoes; “Crucifix” by Benedetto da Maiano、 “Equestrian Monument of Niccolo da Tolentino” and “Equestrian Monument of Giovanni Acuto” by Andrea del Castagno and Paolo Uccello, “Tle Last Judgement” by Vasari and his pupils.

Cattedrale di S. Maria del Fiore
Opening Hours

Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 10.00 am- 5.00 pm
Thu: 10.00 am - 3.30 pm
Sat: 10.00 am - 4.45 pm
First Sat of every month: 10.00 am-3.30 pm
Sun, Holiday: 1.30 pm 4.45 pm
Jan 1st, Easter (it’s subject to change depending on year, around the end of March - April),
Dec 25th: 3.30 pm -4.45 pm
Ash Wednesday (46 days before the Easter): 10.00 am- 4.30 pm
Holy Thursday (Thursday before the Easter): 12.30 pm- 4.30 pm
Holy Friday (Friday before the Easter): 10.30 am- 4.30 pm
Holy Saturday (Saturday before the Easter): 10.30 am- 4.45 pm

Closed Day Jan 6th (Epiphany)
Entrance Fee Free
Info The entrance is the left door of the front (facade)
The entrance & exit door for the disabled persons is on the south side
Five languages are available for an audioguide

Cupola di Santa Maria del Fiore

Cupola di Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence's Duomo, and also has a different beauty to see at night.

Cupola di Santa Maria del Fiore
The view from the top of the dome is wonderful. Overlooking the town is lined with red roofs of Florence, Giotto's bell tower, can look down it.

4.5 stars

You can recognize another beauty of this dome if you see at night.

From the peak of the Cupola, a magnificent panorama expands before you. You will see the town which the red roofs are in row and from here you can see the Campanile of Giotto.
This cupola, 107m- high at the peak, 464 steps bring you to the top where you will have a great panorama. On the underground room you will find the traces of the Santa Reparata Church, it is commonly called as a crypt by mistake.
The tomb of Filippp Brunelleschi, the builder of this Cupola, was found in August 1972.

Cupola di Santa Maria del Fiore
Opening Hours Mon- Fri: 8.30 am -7.00 pm
Sat: 8.30 am - 5.40 pm
First Sat: 8.30 am -4.00 pm
May 1st: 8.30 am -5.00 pm
Entrance is closed 40 minutes before a closing time.
Days Closed Sun, Holiday
Jan 1st, Jan 6th (Epiphany)
Holy Thursday, Holy Friday, Holy Saturday (Saturday before the Easter)
Easter, June 24th, Aug 15th, Sep 8th, Nov 1st
First Mon and Tue of Advent (4 weeks before Christmas)
Dec 25th, 26th
Entrance Fee 8 euros
information The entrance is the door on the north of the Dome.
463 stairs to walk
No elevator

Baptistry of St. John (Battistero S. Giovanni)

Battistero S. Giovanni
4.5 stars

This Baptistery faces the Cathedral and is an octagonal structure and its roof is almost like a steeple. Utilized color marbles like the dome, begun to be built in 1059. Dante, famous poet, was baptized here.

It has three bronze doors: the southern door was executed by Andrea Pisano in 1330, it was originally installed on the east which is a main door facing the Cathedral in 1336, but was replaced by the “Porta del Paradiso” by Ghiberti in1452.

The eastern door is principal door facing Duomo, the masterpiece of Lorenzo Ghiberti in 1452, has given a name “Porta del Paradiso (the gate of Paradise)” by Michelangelo. Now its copy is installed. The northern door is “Porta del crocefisso (the gate of cross) “, also a work of Ghiberti

Giotto's Bell Tower (Campanile di Giotto)

Giotto's Bell Tower

4 stars
It’s located next to Duomo but exists separately. Giotto has been inspired by the light and shadow coloring of the facade of Duomo, began building in 1334 but died 3 years after. Andrea Pisano and Francesco Talenti finished the work. It has a square structure, 84.70m high and 14.45width. 414 steps will bring you to upper terrace: but cupola is more likely to be recommended to go up.


Comments from travelers

I went up “Campanile di Giotto” and also” Cupola”, but I preferred Cupola it was more fabulous. Cupola is slightly higher than campanile, I will never forget how I was fulfilled by a wonderful panorama of the town from the top of Cupola. (July 2007)

Giotto's bell tower (Campanile di Giotto)
Opening Hours 8.30am-7.30pm
Entrance is closed 40 min before the closing time
Days colsed Jan 1st, Easter, Sep 8th, Dec 25th
Entrance Fee 6 euros
Information 414 stairs to walk
No Escalator
Souvenir shop (book shop) is available inside