Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), Florence, Italy
via della Canonica, 1, Florence, Italy 50122| Map |
The egg-shaped Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (built without scaffolding!) is the main church of Florence, Italy. The Duomo, as it is typically called, was begun in 1296 and completed in 1436. The only way to see the inside of the dome is to climb its 463 steps (there is no elevator), but the view of Florence from this height is well worth the climb. Since entrance into Florence's cathedral is free, there is usually a long line to get in. However, the line tends to move quickly. Once inside, take notice of the biggest artwork -- Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9).
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If possible, it's best to tour Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore during non-holiday periods, in order to avoid crowds.
Address: via della Canonica, 1, Florence, Italy 50122| Map
Phone: 39 055 2302885
Hours: Mon-Wed 10 am - 5 pm; Thu 10 am - 4:30 pm; Fri 10 am - 5 pm; Sat 10 am - 4:45 pm; Sun 1:30 pm - 4:45 pm. Closed Jan 6 More Info
Price: Free More Info