Things to See and Do in Florence Italy

Duomo of Florence: Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

February 21, 2017
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To visit the Duomo of Florence: symbol and center of the city

The Duomo of Florence is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore that overlooks the square, true center of the city. The Duomo dominates Florence with the inimitable Brunelleschi’s Dome, the largest masonry dome ever built. The Brunelleschi Hotel is a few steps from the Cathedral and it offers comfortable rooms and suites with views over the Brunelleschi’s Dome, the Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Duomo.

The Duomo of Florence and its history

The beginning of the Duomo’s construction dates back to 1296 by Arnolfo di Cambio, in the spot where stood the church of Santa Reparata (dating from the fourth century and the ruins are located in the crypt of the Cathedral). It took 140 years to finish the works, in 1436. It was consecrated in the Florentine New Year’s Day (25 March 1436) by Pope Eugene IV. The façade of the Cathedral dates from the same period but was built in neo-Gothic style between 1871 and 1887.

Do not miss: the frescoes inside the Duomo as the Last Judgement by Vasari, the panorama that can be admired from the top of the Cathedral and the Giotto’s Bell Tower.

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Duomo of Florence opening hours and tickets:

– Everyday: from 10.00 to 17.00
The entrance to the Florence Cathedral is free. The entrance is on the left of the front door.

To access instead to the Brunelleschi’s Dome, to the Giotto’s bell tower and to the crypt of the cathedral there is a combined ticket of € 15.00 which also includes access to the Baptistery of San Giovanni and to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.

The Florence Cathedral seen from the Hotel Brunelleschi

What will surprise you most of our rooms and suites is the proximity of the Brunelleschi’s Dome and the Cathedral from your windows. In particular, we suggest the Duomo Suite, decorated in red shades, with four-poster bed, a marble bathroom and, above all, a direct view of the Brunelleschi’s Dome and the Pagliazza Tower Suite which is housed inside the Pagliazza Tower: a journey through history, an immersion among comfort, relax and the pleasure of being in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

duomo of florenceFor information and reservations you can contact us by email at, by phone at +39.055.27370 or fill in the following fields. We will answer as soon as possible.

Do not miss a visit to the Florence Cathedral. See you there!

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