As the city's skyline symbol, the legendary Duomo is famous above all for its dome: Filippo Brunelleschi's Renaissance ... More
Santa Maria del Fiore
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 four million 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 3600 square meters (38,750 square feet), the frescoes inside the dome depict the Last Judgment, painted by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari.
Visiting Santa Maria del Fiore was a dream come true. Everything about it was absolutely beautiful. The stairs to reach the top are tiring but absolutely worth it when you get up there and see the gorgeous view of Fienze. The artwork in the dome is amazing. The architecture and craftsmanship of the building are incredible. Pictures do not capture the delecate, ornate detail within the marble on the outside of the building. Someday I plan to return so I can have my breath taken away once again.
A visit to the Duomo is a must! It is beautiful inside and out and the long climb to the top is tiring but necessary. There is a rest point where you can catch you're breath for the bit and examine the marvelous frescos on the ceiling. But definitely climb all the way up for the awesome views of Florence. A highlight of our time in Florence!!
The cathedral is indeed spectacular from both the inside and the outside, but I think that all people have to climb to the top of the Duomo. It costs 3 euros if I remember correctly, but it was well worth it. after climbing the 500 sum, vertico inducing stairst you reach the top, and I must say that it is well worth the effort. You can see the whole city from atop the Duomo, and it was breath taking.
This was definitely my favorite sight in Florence. They were doing renovation work while we were there, so we couldn't go inside, but the view from the outside is absolutely breathtaking. We walked around the corner into the San Giovanni Plaza and just stopped. We couldn't even see that much of the building yet and we were completely amazed.
There is so much detail in the building. Every place you look there is another painting or carving or design in the building that just blows your mind.
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