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Florence Cathedral

Anywhere you go in Florence you will either be standing in its shadow or admiring its powerful command over the city’s tiled rooftops. The Duomo as it is known locally is nothing less than a symbol of the wealth and splendor that characterized this group of tightly packed houses, churches and palaces along the Arno River as the Middle Ages gave over to the Renaissance.

In many ways this fantastic structure’s dome, completed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1436, has come to symbolize the birth of Renaissance architecture itself. Not only was it the first accomplishment of its kind since antiquity, it is still the largest brick dome ever to be constructed anywhere.

Santa Maria del Fiore took over 140 years to complete, from 1296 until the year Brunelleschi capped the vast open space over the altar. Few people know it, but the façade is actually a neo-Gothic addition that finally covered the bare stone facing Piazza del Duomo in the 1880s. With City Wonders you’ll see its exterior and then you will go inside to marvel at the Vasari’s Last Judgment with a passionate local guide.

Opening hours

 Florence Cathedral

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00 to 17:00
  • Thursday from 10:00 to 16:30
  • Saturday from 10:00 to 16.45
  • Sunday and Holidays from 13:30 to 16:45
  • Closed Some Public Holidays

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