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Background Info Duomo
Florence’s famous Duomo di Firenze is also called Italy’s ‘Birthplace of the Renaissance’. The dazzling Duomo is Florence’s largest and most important church. Officially dedicated to the Virgin Mary. A cathedral is a bishop’s church. There are many other Catholic churches in Florence, however, the Duomo is the home church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence. The five monuments that make up the Duomo complex include The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Campanile (Bell Tower), The Baptistry of San Giovanni, The Crypt of Santa Reparata and the Opera Museum.
All of these monuments are unique and take time to properly explore, so the best way to plan your tour is to spread out the monuments over two days.
Highlights Duomo di Firenze
Skip the incredibly long lines and step inside one of Italy’s biggest & most famous churches and discover the largest brick dome ever constructed! The Cathedral is the largest building in medieval Europe and the fourth largest in all of Europe in the present day. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore the enchanting Secret Terraces, positioned over 30 meters above ground, for an immersive journey through a captivating maze of wonder. Wander the corridors and revel in delightful panoramic views. Discover treasures like the Opera Museum, the iconic Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, and Michelangelo’s Pietà.
Ascend the 463 steps of Brunelleschi’s Dome and Giotto’s Bell Tower to be awe-struck by the breathtaking vistas of Florence. The commanding “Duomo” of Florence Cathedral stands as the focal point in the city’s skyline. Domes, with their characteristic hollow half-sphere design, are integral to architectural landscapes, often adorning government and religious structures.
Proper attire is pretty much non-negotiable. No bare shoulders and short skirts. Bring a shawl or scarf if you’re planning to wear a spaghetti top so you can cover your shoulders as people do get turned away, especially from the Cathedral and Baptistry.
Opening Hours & Best Time to visit Duomo
All of the monuments have different opening and closing hours and these may change on different days of the year, so it’s best to check the official website before your visit. It’s also best to visit the monuments well before closing time as some don’t permit entry within a certain time frame before closing. The best time to visit the Duomo in Florence is when it opens in the morning.
The Museum is closed on the first Tuesday of each month.
How To get to Duomo
Closest Station: Santa Maria Novella
Frequency: Every 10 minutes
If you are coming from the main train station, Santa Maria Novella, it is a short walk of about 15 minutes to reach the Duomo.
Closest stop: Piazza Del Duomo
Frequency: Once a day
Hop on to the C2 from the Santa Maria Novella train station or the C3 bus from Piazza San Marco and hop off at Piazza del Duomo, which is a short walk from the cathedral.
For a swift journey to Duomo Florence, take A50/E35/E62 from Via Pinerolo and continue on A1 until Viale Etruria in Firenze.
From Viale Etruria, navigate through Viale Francesco Talenti and Via del Moro, leading you to Via de’ Cerretani, a stone’s throw from the Duomo. Be mindful of Florence’s ZTL (restricted traffic zones) to avoid fines; always check local signs. Parking lots are nearby (250m)