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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)

The “Saint Mary of the Flower” cathedral and its towering dome have come to symbolize Florence.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is also known as the Duomo, which is an Italian term for cathedral. Dominating the Florence skyline is the Duomo’s magnificent dome, considered by many to be the most important architectural achievement of the Renaissance. Inside the cathedral, you’ll find stained-glass windows and frescoes by Italian masters, and one of the oldest examples of an hora italica clock in the world. For many, the most impressive part of a visit is a close-up view of the building itself.

Plans for the cathedral were first drawn up in 1294 by the architect Arnolfo di Cambio and construction started two years later. The building was consecrated in 1436, following contributions from several different architects. Arguably the most significant was Filippo Brunelleschi, who designed the dome. At 149 feet (45.5 meters) in diameter, it was the largest structure of its kind anywhere in the world, and remains the largest brick and mortar dome in the world today. Climb the 463 steps (there’s no lift) of the dome for a superb panorama of the city. There is a fee to visit the dome.

Join the crowds in the Piazza del Duomo and pause to take in the cathedral’s impressive exterior. The pink, white and green marble of the façade was actually a late addition to the cathedral and completed in the late 1800s.

The 44 stained-glass windows depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments are among the highlights inside the cathedral. Don’t miss the giant clock above the entrance on the inside of the church. Designed in 1443, this clock is one of the last working examples of an hora italica timepiece, a 24-hour clock on which the last hour falls at sunset.

Santa Maria del Fiore is open daily, except for January 6 (Epiphany). Entry is free. While the lines to enter can be long, they generally move fast. If you are traveling in a group of more than four you may be required to take an audio or radio guide.


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Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio £62
Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio

Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio

Borgo S.Jacopo, 3/r, Florence, FI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Oltrarno, this hotel is steps away from Vasari Corridor and Ponte Vecchio. Pitti Palace and Uffizi Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 16 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 23 minutes.

    Hotel Laurus al Duomo £71
    Hotel Laurus al Duomo

    Hotel Laurus al Duomo

    Via Cerretani, 54r, Florence, FI
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps away from Via de' Tornabuoni and Medici Chapels. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 6 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 19 minutes.

      San Firenze Suites & Spa £170
      San Firenze Suites & Spa

      San Firenze Suites & Spa

      Piazza di San Firenze, 3/A, Florence, FI
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Duomo, this romantic hotel is steps away from Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. Uffizi Gallery and Piazza del Duomo are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 15 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 24 minutes.

        Hotel Lungarno - Lungarno Collection £280
        Hotel Lungarno - Lungarno Collection

        Hotel Lungarno - Lungarno Collection

        Borgo San Jacopo 14, Florence, FI
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Florence hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Via Maggio and Ponte Vecchio. Pitti Palace and Piazza della Signoria are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 15 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 22 minutes.

          NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa £151
          NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa

          NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa

          Via Porta Rossa 19, Florence, FI
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Duomo, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Accademia delle Arti del Disegno and Ponte Vecchio. Pitti Palace is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) away. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 11 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 19 minutes.

            Hotel Pierre £80
            Hotel Pierre

            Hotel Pierre

            Via De Lamberti 5, Florence, FI
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Duomo, this romantic hotel is steps away from Via de' Calzaiuoli and Piazza della Signoria. Palazzo Vecchio and Ponte Vecchio are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 12 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 21 minutes.

              Hotel Calimala £125
              Hotel Calimala

              Hotel Calimala

              Via Calimala 2, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps away from Via de' Calzaiuoli, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio. Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 12 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 21 minutes.

                Grand Hotel Baglioni £94
                Grand Hotel Baglioni

                Grand Hotel Baglioni

                Piazza Unita Italiana 6, Florence, FI
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Duomo, this boutique hotel is steps away from Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and Medici Chapels. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is only a 4-minute walk and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 15 minutes.