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Piazza del Duomo, Florence

#2 of 1,029 in Historic Sites in Tuscany
Must see · Historic Walking Area · Tourist Spot
To experience the city's atmosphere of culture, art, and history, drop by Piazza del Duomo, a lively square in the historic town center. One of Europe's most visited sites, this area is world-famous for offering stellar views from the main cathedral's dome, a creation of the Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi. A huge statue of the architect sits in the square, his figure looking up toward his greatest achievement. The plaza also includes a Gothic bell tower designed by the city's other celebrated architect, Giotto di Bondone. Visit the octagonal baptistery built in honor of St. John, one of the oldest structures in the city. While strolling around this public space, drop by the square's popular museum of fine art, which features masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello, among others. Plan your visit to Piazza del Duomo and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Florence tour itinerary planner.
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  • This square symbolizes Florence to me. If you haven't seen the cathedral and the surrounding buildings, then you have not truly experienced the city. Spend a few moments just standing there to...  more »
  • We booked ahead to visit the Dome of the Cathedral - well worth it to avoid huge queues - even in October. There are close on 500 steps to the top so this is not a stair climb for the faint-hearted...  more »
  • Beautiful place to walk. I really like the big Duomo, it is impressive and a work of art. Only one architect could achieve this and he succeeded brilliantly.
  • We stayed in a hotel one block from the Duomo and when we walked around the corner and saw the Duomo for the first time it literally took our breath away. The size and the beauty of this structure was unlike anything we've ever almost looked too big and beautiful to be real.

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