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“Unless it's a short line.......”

Campanile di Giotto
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Duomo Monumental Tour
Ranked #10 of 631 things to do in Florence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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“Unless it's a short line.......”
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

Don't get me wrong, this does offer an amazing view of the city. However, if you happen to be traveling in the summer like most people, the line for The tower maybe very long and you may only have a short time in Florence. There is so much to see in Florence, I would hate to imagine you waiting in line all day. The same goes for climbing the dome of Santa Maria Del Fiore. If you have to choose between one of the or the other, definitely go for the dome. As I mentioned there are many other places in and around Florence to get a fabulous view. The best of which is in Piazzale Michelangelo. This is a short walk across the Arno and up to the Piazza. The Piazza is free to enter and offers breathtaking views, especially at sunset. From there, you can also head up to San Miniato al Monte. This church above Piazzalle Michelangelo also allows for amazing views.

If you are in Florence for one or two weeks, then I would definitely scheduled the tower into your sites. Florence is amazing in that everything is so close together, it is possible to see it all. But if you're there for two days with too many tourists, you do have to narrow it down.

Visited October 2013
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“Get there early!”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

You really need to get there for opening time to avoid the hoards,so you can appreciate the view of fabulous Florence. It also makes it easier to ascend and descend before the Chinese tour parties proceed 50 strong at a time without giving way,I kid you not! The entrance fee also allows you to visit several other builings in th Duomo group.

Visited July 2014
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“Best view as you get to see the Cuppola”
Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

We climbed this instead of queuing for the Duomo's Cuppola - queue would have taken hours, and here a mere 10 min wait. It's a glorious climb with superb views from the top. We never managed to get to climb the Cuppola as I wasn't prepared to stay in line for so long ( plus the children couldn't get up early enough...) but this was a magnificent alternative.

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“Worth the climb”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Great views from the top. It has 400+ steps but there are areas to rest at multiple levels during the hike up. As others have noted, the stairwell does get narrower towards the top, so it can get claustrophobic depending on the number of people heading down while you are climbing up the campanile.

Visited June 2014
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“Best view of Florence”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

I highly recommend climbing the bell tower. I think it about 900 or so steps and the higher you get, the harder it is to get up there. Theres no elevator, so wear comfortable shoes. The top is worth the trip, as there is no better view of Florence. Great photo ops.

Visited July 2014
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