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.
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