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“A bit of a let down ”

Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
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US$39.09*
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Duomo Official Ticket Admission
Ranked #5 of 671 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Designed by Arnolfo di Cambio at the end of the 13th century, the Cathedral's trademark dome is now the symbol of Florence.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After queueing for over an hour to visit this stunning piece of architecture we were disappointed by the interior. Yes it has presence and majesty, beautiful stained glass windows and a glorious high altar but you couldn't get near any of it. There was just a quarter of the interior open to visitors so all the photos have to be taken from a distance and with a good zoom. I would have liked to have been able to take home some literature but all that was available were free standing audio guides but you would have to queue to use them and certainly nowhere near enough for the number of visitors. There were a few basic fact cards which you could take a photo of. Its free to enter the Duomo but I don't think I would have paid based on my experience today. You can visit the cupola, the campilinio and the baptistery but these are chargeable and you need to buy the combined ticket if doing all three.

Thank Calamy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was in Florence on a Sunday and my hotel found Mass times for me. 10:30 Mass was with Gregorian chants and incredible pipe organ that rattled your bones! It was a moving religious celebration that even non-Catholics should experience

Thank MarthaJ1953
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful from outside. Heard not worth waiting to see inside. Doors on Bapistry facing Duomo are stunning! Must see.

Thank Kim P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see in Florence. Though the crowds are huge, buy yourself a Frienze card to skip the long lines. You won’t be disappointed. Also, don’t forget to climb the bell tower for an incredible view of the city. Ladies, make sure your shoulders and knees are covered. This is a place of worship. Respect the place by not showing up half naked.

Thank Thelma2013
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Duomo has a beautiful facade in different shades of inlaid marble. However, the long wait for entrance is really not worth it. Compared to other cathedrals in Europe, the inside is really not that impressive. The dome and bell tower are impressive, especially if you have the stamina to climb to the top. The “skip the line” pass, which we paid for, does not apply to the Cathedral, so you wait in line to enter for about 45 minutes. The lines for the Baptistery was not long at all when we visited. Make sure you understand the areas the pass is good for before you buy.

Thank 410candaceh
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