During a holiday in Florence, we recommend a visit to the famous Brunelleschi's dome at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore in Piazza Duomo.
The dome covers the transept of Florence Cathedral, and it is the largest masonry dome ever built. In fact, the longest diagonal stretch of the inner dome measures 45.5 metres, while the outside is 54 metres. The weight of the dome is estimated at 37,000 tons and it is thought that over four million bricks were used for its construction.
The lower part of Brunelleschi's dome has frescoes painted by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari between 1572 and 1579. It is the largest painted fresco in the world (3600 sqm). The frescoes depict scenes from the Last Judgement.
The dome is open to the public. You can walk up and see the architectural structures up close, the frescoes on the interior and, at the end of 463 steps, enjoy a spectacular view of the city of Florence from the top of the dome.
Opening times Monday - Friday: 8.30 to 19.00 Saturday: 8.30 to 17.40 Entrance permitted until 40 minutes before closing.
Cost: € 8.00