Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo
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This large city square contains the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, the third largest cathedral in the world after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London.
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Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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  • Annabella palma
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thank you Luisa
    What a fantastic B&B! The best location in town! Clean, tastefully decorated rooms, very comfortable and pleasant in every way. Nice breakfast in the cafe’ next door and a very warm and extremely professional service from hostess and staff.5 stars from us! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
    Visited April 2023
    Written 29 April 2023
  • Dina P
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just happy to live there
    I was lucky to book a hotel right on Piazza del Duomo with Duomo view. So, this square was the first I actually see in Florence and my first impression was overwhelming. Duomo is breath-taking from outside, our guide told us so many interesting facts about Basilica and Baptistery, details about statues, arches and doors. The Piazza del Duomo really is a piece of European art and history.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 30 April 2023
  • mirunavrn
    Bucharest, Romania394 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Main spot in Florence
    This is the main place in Florence. It hosts the Duomo, the Campanile and the other buildings in the Giotto complex, many restaurants, terraces and gelato places. It is crowded, but has a lively vibe. Right in this square there is an amazing gelato place, Edoardo. It's a must.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 1 May 2023
  • RozzyW
    Tampa, Florida295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it
    We had limited time in Florence and did not visit the Duomo but walking through the piazza was worth the time, even in the cold rain. So much beautiful architecture and art. Wow! Speechless when you see this grandeur in person after seeing so many pictures.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 May 2023
  • thisgirl_Gray
    Los Angeles, California2,384 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy area
    The Piazza del Duomo is a large area in the city center where the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is located. There are lots of shops and restaurants in this area, and the area can be very busy during the day. However, you can get good pictures of the Cathedral both day and night.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 May 2023
  • K7651GZmikef
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Early entry to Duomo was Fantastic!
    We participated in the early entrance to the Piazza del Duomo in Florence. It was well worth getting up early! So nice to be there before the crowds. Was also fun seeing the giant old keys to open the doors! tour guide Maria Kristina was great, very knowledgeable about the basilica! Fantastic experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 30 June 2023
  • ladwander
    Massachusetts104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply a marvel
    I admit, I did not get a pass to go inside the cathedral, as I was only in Florence for a day and couldn't wait in line that long. But seeing the architectural marvel that is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Flore from the outside was more than enough for me. I do not believe I will see another example of art and architecture more magnificent anywhere else in the world. This is reason enough to go to Florence.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,712 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Probably most popular thing to do in Florence
    Incredibly busy, maybe too busy at times, the size of cathedral is staggering from the outside it’s amazing how it changes through he course of the day with the lighting. Inside is also done really well with beautiful architecture and art work to admire, once again extremely busy inside with also a line up to get in, however line did move fairly quickly. Worth climbing to Dome can be demanding climb so if you have mobility issues you maybe should give it a miss.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 August 2023
  • 436Mimi
    London, United Kingdom137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    A busy tourist spot. I highly recommend you visiting a lovely, traditional ristorante in this area. Be prepared for the queues to see attractions like the Duomo as they are long, so you might want to pre-book these, alternatively you might be happy just strolling the narrow streets and plazas. Florence has some of the finest leather and jewellery shops, but these can be pricey. There are no public toilets in Florence but cafes (for the price of a coffee) will let you use theirs and you may as well stop and absorb the hustle and bustle of this beautiful busy city. Remember to take plenty of water if visiting in the summer, small newsagents sell refrigerated bottles of water and other drinks for approximately 1-3€
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
  • m00minmumma
    Hastings, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but busy
    We stayed near this area so walked through at various times of the day. Very busy with long queues to get in, traders and a few bikes and scooters. Stunning in the evening especially when the bell chimed. The architecture is amazing. a very special place.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China160,086 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is the public square where you can find the iconic and landmark Duomo, Campanile di Giotto and Baptistry buildings in the Historic Centre of Florence. There are other attractions in the area such as Loggia del Bigallo (museum), lots of souvenir shops, casual eateries and unfortunately massive crowds of tourists as well due to the relative small size of the square where people congregate to visit the Duomo attractions.

If you want leisurely visits wandering the square, visit first thing in the morning prior to the attractions opening and the tour groups arriving. Or pass by in the evening when the majority of people have left and returned to their hotels. However, it is difficult to beat viewing the remarkable buildings here during midday when skies are blue and sunlight shines upon the charming marble patterned building facades.

Note that you can enter Duomo (free) but do expect quite a queue as everyone else is doing the same and they actively try to manage the number of people going inside to see the inner frescos of Brunelleschi's Dome.

If you want to climb the dome to get up close look at the frescos, you need to acquire one of the Duomo Pass tickets that includes this attraction. Passes also include different combinations of access to Baptistry, Duomo Museum and a climb up the steps of Campanile as well.
Written 14 April 2024
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Coopper29
Guildford, UK630 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A quite outstanding Piazza and building around the cathedral , but very busy and huge crowds, the queue to visit the tower can stretch for 300 to 400m and the wait can be up to 3 hours. we took loads of photos.
Written 5 April 2024
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Hany G
Bakersfield, CA1,140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It is a beautiful square decorated by the astonishing cathedral and the tower bell.
The place is flooded with tourists and vendors.
Just be aware of the pickpocketing.
Written 24 March 2024
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Antonio Q
Cluj-Napoca, Romania145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The square is great for a walk, especially at night. Admiring the Duomo was one of my favourite activities while in Firenze.
Written 23 March 2024
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Strike_right
Tunis, Tunisia86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We stayed outside, but could not get in due to the long queue- it is really important to book in advance, though there was a queue of ticker holders to enter longer than the queue for tickets.

The outside is amazing, an essential Italian Piazza experience. Choose your season if you really want to save time.

Must do.
Written 18 February 2024
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Herbert C
899 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Located in the heart of Florence's historic center, Piazza del Duomo is undoubtedly the epicenter of Florence's recognition by the UNESCO World Heritage Site as the centre of Renaissance humanism. With the Florence Cathedral taking centrestage, surrounded by the Giotto's Bell Tower, the octagonal Baptistery of St John, and the Opera del Duomo Museum, this public square is the starting point of your Florence Renaissance adventure. Unlike most public squares in Italy or around Europe, my first impression of this piazza is the lack of sense of space with buildings haphazardly cluttering around the square, with no one spot where you can get a view of all its buildings. Nevertheless, it is still an excellent place to stroll or simply to relax whilst enjoying gelato from one of Italy's best gelato shop located right at the square itself, Gelateria Edoardo il Gelato Biologico.
Written 7 February 2024
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Rob007Kent_UK
Wye, UK1,033 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The Dumo is a really impressive and imposing building which forms the centre piece of the square. The façade appears white at night – almost fake. We purchased the Brunelleschi pass which gives you access to 5 attractions (Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery, the Opera del Duomo Museum and the Church of Santa Reparata with a single ticket). We queued 10 minutes before our appointed time and the tour is incredible taking you high up internally to the ornate and intricate ceiling of the dome and then externally after several narrow flights of staircases. The effort is wel worth it with stunning views of the City.
Written 28 January 2024
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Johnny Novo
New York City, NY158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I'm hijacking this review to write a sort of Ode to Florence here:

Florence has become my favorite place in the world, and I'm sure many people share the same sentiment. Like any person, place, or thing that gets an abundance of love; criticism and hate will follow. Florence gets a lot of criticism. "It is overrun with tourists,"... "I've had much better food in Italy" ... But they never built a statue for a critic. Well I just looked it up and I guess Roger Ebert has a statue. Fairplay Robert.

From the first time I came here when I was 16, I have felt a special connection to this place like nowhere else. I didn't know what it was then but have started to scratch the surface.

After quitting my job, I decided to take 10 days and just soak in the city and the culture. This is the birthplace of the renaissance, which to me, is the birthplace of modern day life and culture. It placed an emphasis on individualism which I believe is the spark of creativity, ideas, and innovation.

One can almost feel the presence of the talented artists, innovators, and leaders that used to walk these streets. It hurts my head to think that Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Vespucci, Raphael, Brunelleschi, Donatello etc. all walked these streets around the same time. They competed against one another, but also collaborated. This blend of competition and collaboration formed an unparalleled amount of innovation and progression.

It's so inspiring and motivating to learn how much came from this one small city in the middle of Italy. Its ideas and culture spread like a virus across the world through time and space inspiring everyone from Rembrandt to Steve Jobs, who sites Da Vinci as a major influence.

I feel the creativity almost rub off on me when I am walking through these streets, thankful that so much of this place is intact from the 16th century. You can walk through the narrow streets appreciating the architecture, looking up and seeing Brunelleschi's dome in the skyline at literally anywhere you are in the city. You can see the house Michelangelo grew up in. The Ponte Vecchio is the same bridge that these legendary Florentines used to walk across.

Where else can you walk the same streets that these geniuses used to walk and get the best gelato you've had in your life? THANK YOU FIRENZE!

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Written 16 January 2024
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,502 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Full of tourists but actually not a pleasant area in which to sit. Just two large lines of people waiting to get into the cathedral or up the tower
Written 26 October 2023
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BostonJandP
Beverly, MA195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The outside of the cathedral is amazing and very beautiful. The interior is interesting and the dome spectacular. Also in the basement you can see some of the original structure from 5 centuries ago. However, the cathedral in Siena has a much more spectacular interior. We didn't climb the hundreds of steps to the dome nor the hundreds of steps in the bell tower.
Written 24 October 2023
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