Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Via della Canonica, 1, Florence

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Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is the main church of Florence. It is the 3rd largest church in the world after Rome's St. Peter Church and London's St. Paul Church. It was also the largest in Europe at the time of its completion in 15th century.

The Cathedral is dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore, the Virgin of the Flower and the symbol of Florence.

The Cathedral combines different architectural styles, so you can see the development of architecture from 13th century up to 15th. It features Italian Gothic, Renaissance and Gothic Revival architectures. Arnolfo di Cambio is responsible for the design.

The interiors of the cathedral are covered with amazing mosaic pavements. The biggest artwork within the cathedral's mosaics is certainly the Last Judgment by Giorgio Vasari dating back to 16th century.

The admission to the Cathedral remains free of charge! However, if you wish you can rent the radio or audio guides for 2-2,50 euros. Bear in mind that you need to dress appropriately, no bare shoulders and legs, sandals, hats or sunglasses.

The Cathedral is open from 10.15am to 5pm.
 

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  • Anil Chakravorty

    5
    - 10 September 2018 -

    Nice cathedral, the views of this cathedral are amazing. The dome on the top, the marble fitted interiors and few arts exhibits are something to watch for. Nice place of worship. Good arrangements inside the church to accommodate devotees as they come in to offer their prayers. The surroundings outside the church is great. Nice foods and coffee is available.

  • Merlion Europa srl

    5
    - 04 September 2018 -

    This Cathedral is wonderful! It is a must stop if you are in Florence! In the inside you will admire the famous masterpiece of Brunelleschi, the stunning dome! You will fall in love with everything you will see inside and outside. The ticket for the Cathedral includes even the visit of the Bell Tower and of the Baptistery, so it’s very convenient. If you want to have a full immersion in the art of Florence you can’t miss it!

  • J M

    5
    - 01 September 2018 -

    If you are visiting Florence, try to visit this cathedral. It's a giant monument and very hard to miss. There is usually a long queue, so make sure to get here early (09:00). The excavated area under the cathedral is worth checking out as well. You can use the ticket for the catacombs to visit a nearby museum, the bell tower, the Gates of Paradise and the dome (although you need a reservation for the dome). The cathedral itself is wheelchair accessible, the dome is only recommendable if you are able to scale a few hundred steps. There is no elevator.

  • Per Stobbe

    5
    - 19 August 2018 -

    Amazing to see and learn about. We got in through a side door as to language expertise of my wife. When you are inside the main tower, cupola try to find the major cracks in the construction. Go to he next door book store and purchase the technical book about the cathedral. Not too often one get information about 500 years old construction details. And the info that only 250 persons over 2 decades did the work is surprising.

  • Jenna Hines

    5
    - 18 August 2018 -

    We went on a very busy day near the end of June. As you’d expect, there were tons of people from cruise ships too. Despite all of this, Santa Maria del Fiore is a sight to see. Something I’m glad we did not pass up. To see such an architectural masterpiece! Gorgeous.

  • Jennifer Thompson

    5
    - 02 August 2018 -

    Stunning architecture. Very busy and we queue an hour before we could enter but it's worth it. You must buy tickets before online though. The sheer scale is awesome, it is colossal. Beautiful painted inside the dome and underneath you can go down into the foundations and learn about how it has progressed.

  • Austin Knight

    5
    - 01 August 2018 -

    Spectacular cathedral. As others have mentioned, there is a strong contrast between the exterior and interior of the building. This is intentional, to display Florentine wealth and artisanry on the exterior, and to focus on humility and worship on the interior. The exterior was also completed many years after the interior. This particular cathedral is unique in that it has strong civic and secular influence, and the dome is the largest freestanding brick dome in the world. They're still not fully sure how it was constructed. Entrance to the cathedral is free, and free tours are offered inside. Highly recommended if you want to learn about the building and its history. Blair and Marina were great guides.

  • Joshua

    5
    - 21 July 2018 -

    I didn't go inside so I'm only reviewing the exterior view. It is breath taking to see the pure size of this building but intricate exterior. So much nice things to see while exploring the streets of Florence and this is a must see in my humble opinion.

  • Jenna Buxton

    4
    - 15 July 2018 -

    With the full admission ticket, would suggest doing the climb up the dome (cupola) which results in breath taking views of the city, the bell tower climb, the museum, and the baptistery. We did not bother waiting in line to see the interior of the cathedral, and I'm glad we didn't waste our time. You get to see the interior when you climb the dome, and you'll see it's not worth standing in line for 1+ hours in the blazing heat. Do note that the climb to the dome and the bell tower are not for the unfit or those with mobility issues. Both are over 400 narrow and steep stairs.

  • Roman Pacak

    5
    - 05 July 2018 -

    The Cathedral is a must see when in Florence as well as to step the stairs all the way up onto the cupola with a magnificent view of whole city of Florence. On the way up one can see the inside of the cupola. The whole construction weights about 24000 tons. It consist of two. One is inside that contains paintings of the devil eating his meal and one outside to protect it. So looking from outside, the cupola we see is not the one that contains the paintings. There is another one inside it. Totally recommend.

  • Andreas Holzapfel

    - 13 May 2018 -

    Make sure to book entry tickets WAY upfront

  • Maria Beliakova

    - 18 February 2018 -

    Looks amazing each season and day/night time. You have to choose visit time in advance (some difficulties in peak dates/months) via website or at the local information centre.

  • Naga Rajesh Garikiparthi

    - 30 August 2017 -

    Going up the dome is a must-do. The baptistry opposite to the Basilica is also awesome.

  • Yeaseul Jung

    - 28 August 2017 -

    Try messa(mass) and there is english messa on saturday 5pm

  • Ashkan Faramarzi

    - 22 July 2017 -

    Very nice and beautiful architecture!

  • Vasek S.

    - 06 July 2017 -

    What a cathedral. Absolutely amazing architecture.

  • Faris Bader

    - 10 March 2017 -

    Amazing church

  • Oleg Anisimov

    - 23 February 2017 -

    Started in 1296!

  • Lucas Nolasco

    - 19 February 2017 -

    Assassins creed church !!!

  • Ty Le

    - 29 December 2016 -

    Not much to see here. Instead, visit the cupola and climb the clock tower for an incredible view of the dome. The line downstairs leads to a bookstore and the crypt

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