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Piazza del Duomo | Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, 50122, Florence, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday

Climbing the cupola was one of the highlights of our trip to Florence. Yes, it is 463 steps with no elevator but what an incredible experience. You must have a reservation to climb. The cupola is part of the 15E combo ticket that gets you...More

Thank NorCal-traveler08
Reviewed yesterday

This was (and is) an engineering marvel; it is the largest masonry dome ever built (since Roman times) and remains the most important architectural work ever built in Europe. It is a double-shelled construction that may have the Pantheon as its inspiration. Tours may go...More

Thank on_the_go_98765
Reviewed yesterday

If you're lucky (meaning not getting stuck but much slower people than you) and fit enough this is an fantastic experience for several reasons: the structure in which you climb, the view of the frescoes and the view of the city. Has to be pre-booked

Thank Jurgen B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Definitely book your tickets ahead of time online and make a specific reservation to climb the Dome/Cupola. It's breathtaking (literally as you climb the 463 steps and figuratively as you are up close to the paintings). The stairs do get narrow as you climb the...More

Thank nylady21
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a fun experience! A great view inside the cathedral and into how the building was constructed. Book this ahead

Thank NTravel18
Reviewed 1 week ago

But before you go, read the book by Ross King, Brunelleschi's Dome to have a sense of this marvel of engineering and architecture. Then by all means climb the dome (463 steps). You do not have to hurry. After reading the book you'll want to...More

Thank Carlos R C
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are books and movies dealing with solving the mystery of the construction of this monumental work. But you can not conceive the ingenious engineering and artistic achievement of Brunellesci’s masterpiece until you see it “close and personal”. This is one of the most impressive...More

Thank Borzov
Reviewed 1 week ago

The top of the dome is amazing! The view of the city and the surroundings is breathtaking. Be advised that the climb is quite hard and claustrophobic at times so if you are in a very very bad shape i wouldn't recommend the climb as...More

Thank Vitaly F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are fit enough to climb 463 steps, then do it!! Such an interesting experience that brings Brunelleschi’s dome to life! We did a guided tour which made it all the more interesting.

Thank Beth T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took a guided tour up the Cupola in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and our tour guide, Manuel Messina, was amazing! He is fluent in English, and is a physicist to boot - he has an incredible grasp and passion for Brunelleschi’s...More

Thank Laura B
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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
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6 April 2018|
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Response from Derrick R | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can... but to be honest the climb isn't that hard. The final bit is the tightest but compared to some climbs that I've had in the UK the Duomo was a doddle. The view from the top is brilliant. If you do think you can... More
Mind K
16 September 2017|
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Response from BT3rd | Reviewed this property |
One line for all because everyone who has tickets to go up the tower is given a specific time to enter. This is different to the cathedral where no entry time is given.
4 May 2017|
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Response from dischooo | Reviewed this property |
Sort of. A queue forms before the time of people all of whom have timed tickets. At the allotted time the gate opens.
Paul O
14 February 2016|
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Response from superflydmw | Reviewed this property |
The queue is endless so there's no best time to go up. But don't complain because the crowd means there will be small traffic jams that also means rest for you. It's many steps up narrow flights, and no way to reverse. But... More
25 January 2015|
Response from BradJill | Reviewed this property |
You can buy the cumulative ticket for access the Dome, Giotto's Campanile, Crypt, Baptistery and Museo (note - Museo is closed until November 2015) online at the museumflorence. com website. Cost is 10€.