Monuments of Florence, Italy

The 20 main sights of Florence

What to see in Florence - an overview of sights and popular places

The capital of Tuscany is one of the most popular cities among tourists visiting Italy. Along with Rome, Florence is very often put on the itinerary map for those visiting this country for the first time.

Tuscany’s capital city boasts some of Italy’s finest museums, beautiful cathedrals and churches, as well as picturesque streets and squares, striking buildings and bridges, colorful markets, and impressive shopping districts.

Here is an overview of the most famous sights of Florence with photos and descriptions.

Duomo – Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Duomo – Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is the most popular place in Florence. Construction of the Duomo began in 1296 but was not consecrated until 1436. The outside of the building is lined with marble in green, pink and white hues. The cathedral is decorated with interesting statues and several magnificent entrance doors with bas-reliefs.

Inside the cathedral are dozens of paintings and sculptures, which are the objects of cultural and historical heritage. The interior is adorned with 44 stained glass windows created by famous Renaissance artists, such as Donatello – his stained glass depicts Jesus, Mary and several saints.

The main attraction of the huge cathedral is its dome, a true masterpiece of architecture and construction created by Filippo Brunelleschi. To reach the top you have to climb 463 stairs.

Address: Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Italy.

Florence Baptistery

Florentine Baptistery

Florence Baptistery | Photo: Tim Rawle / Flickr.

Built in the 11th century, the Baptistery of St. John the Baptist is one of the oldest buildings in Florence. The walls are lined with green and white marble blocks, and there are magnificent bronze doors on three sides of the building. The most famous of these are the eastern “Gates of Paradise”, an authentic masterpiece by the talented sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti. The original panels of this gate are preserved in the Duomo Museum.

You can take in the sights of the baptistery during a tour of the Duomo. However, this amazing ancient building with massive entrance doors made of panels with biblical stories as well as a mosaic dome depicting characters from biblical stories is without a doubt worthy of a separate visit.

Address: Battistero di San Giovanni, Piazza San Giovanni, Florence, Italy.

Giotto’s Campanile

Giotto Campanile

Giotto’s Campanile.

The bell tower is also located in the Cathedral Square. This tower is commonly referred to as Giotto’s Campanile after the architect Giotto di Bondone – he began construction of the bell tower in 1334, built the first tier, but soon died before it was completed.

The tower is adorned with talented bas-reliefs and sculptures, as well as life-size copies of 16 original statues created by such famous masters of their era as Andrea Pisano and Donatello (the originals are in the Duomo Museum).

There is no elevator in this Gothic tower, so you have to climb the 414 stairs. But all the effort pays off – at the top there is a breathtaking view not only of the cathedral with its enormous dome, but also of the whole of Florence and its surroundings.

Address: Campanile di Giotto, Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Italy.

Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio

Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio

Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio palace.

Piazza della Signoria is the main city square and the heart of Florence’s historic center. It can be called an open-air exhibition accessible to all comers. The arcaded structure, the Loggia della Signoria, houses an exhibition of many famous sculptures, and on the square itself you can see a copy of Michelangelo’s famous sculpture “David”.

Since the Middle Ages, the Piazza della Signoria has been considered the administrative center of Florence. Here was built the Palazzo Vecchio, which now serves as city hall. Inside the palace there are common rooms and private apartments open to tourists.

Address: Piazza della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy.

Ponte Vecchio Bridge

Ponte Vecchio Bridge

Ponte Vecchio Bridge.

Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence, which was built in 1345 over the Arno River. It is the only city bridge preserved from the Middle Ages (all the others were destroyed during World War II).

The Ponte Vecchio bridge is always crowded, and it is still crowded with stores selling gold and silver jewelry. The bridge has a stunning view of the Arno River and the surrounding area.

The address is Ponte Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy.

Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery.

The Uffizi Gallery contains a rich collection of Renaissance art, as well as thousands of paintings by artists from the Middle Ages to the present day, many ancient sculptures, illustrated manuscripts and tapestries.

Here you can see the works of such famous masters as Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Perugino and Raphael. This explains the fact that the Uffizi Gallery is the most popular museum in Italy among tourists.

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Address: Galleria degli Uffizi, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy.

Galleria Accademia

Galleria Accademia

Galleria Accademia.

The Florence Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts is a real treasure trove of paintings and sculptures by masters of the XIII-XVI centuries. Here you can see probably the most famous masterpiece of Michelangelo – the sculpture “David”, as well as several other works of the great master.

In the Gallery there are many works of other famous Renaissance artists – Uccello, Ghirlandaio, Botticelli and del Sarto.

The Galleria dell’Accademia also has an interesting collection of musical instruments, once started by members of the Medici family.

Address: Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, Via Ricasoli, Florence, Italy.

Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace

Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace

Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace.| Photo: Andreas Jungherr / Flickr.

The Boboli Gardens are a huge park behind Palazzo Pitti, located on a hillside in central Florence. To get there, you have to cross the Ponte Vecchio Bridge to the south bank of the Arno River. Everywhere you will see beautiful squares and fountains and from the observation deck of the Forte Belvedere you have a great view of the whole city.

Florence’s largest palace, the Palazzo Pitti, was once the residence of the Medici family. However, it was originally built for the family of the Florentine banker Luca Pitti, after whom it was later named. The enormous building has eight different galleries containing a large number of works of art, historic costumes and jewelry, as well as living quarters of past masters of the palace.

The address is Giardino di Boboli, Piazza Pitti, Florence, Italy.

Basilica of Santa Croce

Santa Croce Basilica

Basilica of Santa Croce.

Santa Croce is the largest Franciscan church, not only in Italy but in the world. It is famous for housing the tombs of famous Italian men such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli.

The spacious interiors of the basilica are decorated with numerous colorful stained glass windows and frescoes of amazing beauty. The Pazzi Chapel, one of Filippo Brunelleschi’s most important works, is of particular interest to tourists.

Address: Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenze, Piazza di Santa Croce, Florence, Italy.

Piazza Michelangelo

Piazza Michelangelo

Panorama of the city from Piazza Michelangelo.

Piazza Michelangelo in Florence is an open terrace located on the high slope of the south (left) bank of the Arno River. Tourists who go up there (on foot or by bus) will be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the city.

The square is named after the eminent master Michelangelo Buonarotti and is decorated with bronze copies of some of his most famous sculptures. The view of Florence at sunset is one of the most unforgettable experiences of a visit to Italy.

Address: Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, Italy.

Museo Nazionale Bargello

National Museum of Bargello

Bargello National Museum | Photo: Darren and Brad / Flickr.

Built in the 13th century, the Bargello National Museum once housed police barracks and a prison. Today it’s a museum of sculpture and fine art with works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Verrocchio, and Giambologna on display. It is not as crowded as other major museums in Florence, so you can enjoy great works of art in a peaceful setting.

Address: Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Via del Proconsolo, Florence, Italy.

Museo Opera del Duomo

Opera del Duomo Museum

Museum of Opera del Duomo.

The museum is located in Piazza Duomo, to the right of the church. The Opera del Duomo presents a large number of rare exhibits – original works and drawings of the masters of fine arts and architecture associated with the creation of the Duomo complex in Florence. For example, the original panels of the baptistery doors (see above) by Lorenzo Ghiberti; the plans for the construction of the Duomo by Brunelleschi; and a collection of Renaissance tools used in the construction of the grandiose complex.

Address: Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Italy.

San Marco Museum

San Marco Museum

San Marco Museum.

A visit to the Museo di San Marco will show you the work of Fra Angelico, an early Renaissance painter. He was a monk and lived in San Marco, where he painted some of his most famous frescoes on the walls of the monastery and the modest monastic cells.

The abbot of San Marco was at one time the reformer and preacher Savonarola, who was later executed in Piazza Signoria. In the Museum of the Convent of San Marco you can visit his rooms, where you can find the priest’s personal belongings and see the famous portrait of Savonarola painted by the monk-painter Fra Bartolomeo.

Address: Il Museo di San Marco, Piazza San Marco, Florence, Italy.

Santo Spirito Square

Piazza Santo Spirito

Santo Spirito Square | Photo: Darren and Brad / Flickr.

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This lively piazza, along with the neighborhood that surrounds it, makes up the left bank of the city, a colorful, slightly bohemian neighborhood frequented by locals and tourists eager to experience authentic Florentine life.

During the day there are all sorts of stores and street food vendors, and at night crowds of people come out of the bars and restaurants to the square and its surrounding sidewalks. The rather modest exterior of the Basilica of Santo Spirito houses a number of famous art monuments.

Address: Piazza Santo Spirito, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy.

National Archaeological Museum of Florence

National Archaeological Museum of Florence

Picture: Marco Vanoli / Flickr The National Archaeological Museum of Florence.

It contains the richest collections of ancient works of art from Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire, most of which were collected by the Medici family. The museum also displays one of the most unique collections of Etruscan artefacts, including the priceless Chimera of Arezzo – a perfectly preserved bronze statue of a mythological lion with a snake instead of a tail and a goat’s head sticking out of the side.

Address: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze, Piazza Sancta Sanctorum, Florence, Italy.

Medici Chapel.

Medici Chapel

Medici Chapel. | Photo: ctj71081 / Flickr.

Members of the ruling Medici clan in Florence were noted for their ambition and penchant for pomp, and this applied not only to life but also to death. Proof of this is the grandiose mausoleum for the Medici dukes with huge tombs adorned with sculptures by Michelangelo. There is no other place in the world where you can see the masterpieces of the Renaissance master so closely. The sculptures on the sarcophagi, including allegories of the time of day – Night, Day, Sunrise and Sunset – are among his most impressive works.

Address: Cappelle Medicee, Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, Florence, Italy.

San Lorenzo Market

San Lorenzo Market

San Lorenzo Market | Photo: Renato Torii / Flickr.

In this huge market with open and covered areas, it seems you can find everything from food to clothing, leather goods and inexpensive souvenirs. The outdoor part of the market begins in Piazza San Lorenzo with hundreds of stalls offering all kinds of goods. The covered Mercato Centrale is a gourmet’s paradise, with stalls selling local produce, meats and cheeses; there is also a lunchroom where vendors offer lunch, snacks or delicacies.

Address: Mercato di San Lorenzo, Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Florence, Italy.

San Miniato al Monte Monastery

San Miniato al Monte Monastery

Monastery of San Miniato al Monte. Photo: kristobalite / Flickr.

Once you reach Piazza Michelangelo, keep climbing for about 10 more minutes, and the Basilica of San Manito al Monte will appear in front of you. It is a beautiful eleventh-century monastery where, almost every day at 5:30 p.m., the monks are still singing Gregorian chants. The interior of the basilica is as magnificent as the exterior cladding of green and white marble.

Address: Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte, Via delle Porte Sante, Florence, Italy.

Santa Maria Novella Perfumery and Pharmacy

Santa Maria Novella Perfume and Pharmacy

Santa Maria Novella Perfumery & Pharmacy | Photo: Stin Shen / Flickr.

Here you can buy perhaps the most original gifts in all of Florence for yourself and your friends. The oldest pharmacy in the city and one of the oldest in the world still produces perfumes, soaps and elixirs using centuries-old recipes of monks. A trip to Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy is both a shopping trip and a museum visit – the intricately packaged creams, soaps or perfumes look no less fascinating than the ancient bottles or chandeliers.

Address: Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella Firenze, Florence, Italy.

Shopping in Florence

Shopping in Florence

Shopping in Florence.

Florence has some of the best stores in Europe with everything from leather goods and delicious food to jewelry, souvenirs and artwork.

The city has many open-air markets selling food, clothing, and antiques, such as the market in the famous San Lorenzo Square. The Mercato Nuovo (Porcellino) on Via Porta Rossa and the Mercato Centrala offer locally made fashionable clothes and Italian delicacies.

Attractions in Florence

Attractions in Florence

Florence is incomparable in the matter of beautiful views and historical sights. Most of the city’s curiosities would require a day, if not one, to fully explore it. Founded in the first century B.C., the city is simply packed with majestic cathedrals, chic villas and palazzos, green gardens and other amazing places.

For suggestions on how to plan your itinerary and get the most out of it, please refer to our guide to places of interest with names and descriptions.

If this is your first time in Florence:

Piazza Catedral

Piazza del Duomo is a piazza in the heart of the city with the Duomo, Florence’s cathedral and its bell tower and baptistery. Since ancient times this place has been a source of exclamations of admiration and the purest impulses of the soul. From here it’s worth plotting the route of your walk around Florence.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is listed as number one in the “Highlights of Florence” section of any Florence travel guide. The imposing temple is located in the center of the old city, in the Piazza delle Sobre. From afar, the building stands out with its tall, about 90-meter terracotta dome. This masterpiece was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi himself.

Cathedral of Florence

The Duomo is built in accordance with the Gothic canons. Particularly striking is the temple’s carved facing, made of marble in light colors. The construction of the cathedral lasted from 1296 to 1436. During this time the architectural appearance of the building was supervised by renowned masters: Arnolfo di Cambio and Giotto di Bondone.

Duomo Florence - interior decoration

The huge cathedral accommodates 30,000 parishioners. The interior is breathtaking in its exquisite beauty which transports the visitor back to Renaissance times. The vaulted nave of the Duomo leads to the painted dome with a painting of the Last Judgment by Giorgio Vasari. The solemnity of the interior is given by stained glass windows, sculptures, paintings and crypts in which the famous Italians rested.

Giotto’s bell tower

The Campanile di Giotto complements the undeniable beauty of the Duomo. The slender silhouette of the bell tower duplicates the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore. The tower is 85 meters high from the foundation to the top of the spire. The entire space is lined with colorful marble slabs. High windows stretched to the top and the external decor – the embodiment of Gothic with a flavor of Italian Proto-Renaissance XIV century.

Florence - Giotto's Campanile

The author of the Campanile was the unforgettable Giotto, but most of the construction and finishing work was supervised by Andrea Pisano. The bell tower impresses with its multifaceted decoration – masterful bas-reliefs, carved medallions by Giotto, sculptures by Donatello. The breathtaking view of the city from the ancient tower deserves a special mention.

San Giovanni Baptistery

The Battistero di San Giovanni is the third building in the architectural complex of the Florentine Duomo. The baptistery first appeared on this site in the fifth century AD. The modern wide building with an octagonal dome was built in the 12th century. The squat “barrel” baptistery stands at the forefront of the cathedral.

Florence - San Giovanni Baptistery

The exterior decoration of the baptistery harmonizes with the decor of the other buildings in the cathedral square. Visitors to the city admire the original decoration of the Southern, Northern and Eastern gates. Bronze engraved paintings of biblical themes decorate the door panels. Most impressive inside is the painted dome of the baptistery, depicting Jesus, the saints and the Last Judgment.

Piazza San Marco

Florence - Piazza San Marco

A small square (Piazza di San Marco) overlooking the facade of the Basilica di San Marco and the monastery of the Sylvestrin. Both buildings date from the XIII century, but in the XV century they were reconstructed by Michelozzo di Bartolomeo for Cosimo I.

San Marco Museum

The Museo Nazionale di San Marco, housed in a former church building, has a difficult history. For a long time in the walls of the former convent of San Marco there was a library, which several times changed hands from church to Medici and back again. The building finally passed into state ownership in 1866. In just a few years, the church library was turned into a national museum.

Florence - Exhibits of the San Marco Museum

Of great value to visitors are the frescoes on the walls and vaults from the 14th and 15th centuries. Paintings by Fra Beato Angelico, Ghirlandaio and Fra Bartollommeo are filled with faith and piety. Most of the paintings were also painted by novices of the monastery of San Marco and masters close to religion.

Palazzo Medici Riccardi

The 15th-century Palazzo Medici Riccardi is a peculiar demonstration of the power and wealth of the Medici family. Located in the center of Florence, the mansion was designed by the family’s favorite architect, Michelozzo. The three-story, light rusticated stone building has a lovely courtyard decorated with medieval sculpture and lemon trees.

The palazzo’s interior makes a strong statement about the Medici’s superiority over other influential 15th-century houses. The grandiose ceiling frescoes and paintings are breathtaking in their craftsmanship and scale. Of particular note is the Chapel of the Magi, which is devoted entirely to biblical paintings.

Palazzo Strozzi

Florence - Palazzo Strozzi -Installation in the courtyard

The Palazzo Strozzi, the mansion of the Florentine nobleman Filippo Strozzi, is a monumental and costly building in the early Renaissance tradition. The exterior of the building is a concise three-story palace.

The main beauty lies in the courtyard, as well as the interiors of the palazzo. Since the beginning of XX century in the palace take place various cultural events and exhibitions. The Center for Contemporary Art, located on the second floor of the building, regularly invites foreign exhibitions to Palazzo Strozzi.

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Piazza della Signoria

Florence - Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria, symbol of power during the Florentine state, is impressive thanks to the stern castle-fortress. Decorated with Renaissance statues of Michelangelo’s famous David and Donatello’s Judith, it is worth seeing.

Palazzo Vecchio

Florence - Palazzo Vecchio, Room 500

Palazzo Vecchio – The old palace was built in the 13th century by Arnolfo di Cambio. Since its construction the building has been used for government needs. The image of the palazzo is the embodiment of impregnability and power. The mansion is crowned with a toothed crown, and a clock tower rises above the roof. At different times in the palace met priors, lords, lived Duke of Tuscany Cosimo I (Cosimo I de Medici).

Florence - Palazzo Vecchio, Lilies Room

Palazzo Vecchio is interesting with the contrast of external and internal design. The elegant inner courtyard by Michelozzo di Bartolomeo is filled with views of European cities of the XV century.

Within the walls of the palace the grandiose Salone dei Cinquecento, dedicated to the military success of Cosimo de Medici, impresses. Other rooms are worth seeing: the coffered ceiling and frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio in the Room of Lilies, paintings, sculptures, an imposing globe, and a collection of ancient maps.

Uffizi Gallery

The Galleria degli Uffizi is a 10-minute walk from Piazza della Signoria. On your own it is not difficult to find your way to the art gallery, you need to move in the direction of the River Arno. The medieval palace is filled with valuable paintings by Italian, European and Flemish artists. The founders of the art gallery were the Medici, thanks to their connections and wealth they got the real masterpieces.

Florence - Uffizi Gallery, Tribuna Hall

Uffizi is proud to present the works of Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Paolo Uccello, Raffaello Santi, Tiziano Vecellio and many others.

Ponte Vecchio Bridge

Florence - Ponte Vecchio Bridge

The Ponte Vecchio or Old Bridge is the most venerable bridge across the Arno in Florence. At the same time it is its main ornament. The bridge was built in the XIV century and survives almost unchanged today. By the way, the river and the Old Bridge that spans it is the next stop on the Florence walking route after the Uffizi Gallery.

The bridge is original for several reasons: firstly, there are houses on both sides of it, just above the water. Secondly, above the pedestrian arch, the Corridoio Vasariano was built in the 16th century to create a safe passage from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti.

Palazzo Pitti

Palazzo Pitti is the largest palace Florence has ever known. It was built in the 15th century by the powerful Medici family. The residence of the Italian dukes in modern times is home to several museums: an art gallery, an exhibition of contemporary art, as well as silver, porcelain, carriage making, the history of fashion and costume.

The austere, rusticated palazzo shines inside with baroque interiors, painted walls, colorful frescoes, remarkably fine moldings, silk wallpaper, and priceless Renaissance exhibits.

Boboli Gardens

Florence - Boboli Gardens

The Boboli Gardens are an emerald gem, hidden from the eyes of passers-by by the monolithic palazzo Pitti. And while the main attractions of Florence are embodied in stone, we should not forget the beauty of Italian nature. The vast park, covering the Boboli hill, was laid out in the 16th century and served as a place for walks of the Medici duke of Tuscany, his family and guests.

Florence - Boboli Gardens

The area of the park has expanded over the centuries and today the green area of Florence extends over an area of 4.5 hectares. The Boboli Gardens are striking in their layout and multifaceted content. Numerous streets and paths cut through the dense vegetation. Statues, fountains, grottoes, columns and even an imitation of an ancient amphitheater are skillfully intertwined with the fragrant plantings. Traveling through this part of town is full of unforgettable pleasure and relaxation.

Church of San Lorenzo

Florence - Basilica di San Lorenzo

The Church of San Lorenzo (Basilica di San Lorenzo) is another Florentine landmark that deserves the prefix “the most”. This time we will talk about the most venerable basilica in the city. An early Christian church from the 4th century A.D., it was renovated in Romanesque style in the 11th century. In the Middle Ages it was significantly reconstructed by Brunelleschi. In the 15th century, the Medici family took over the church.

The basilica has an impressive interior, including a white and gold coffered ceiling, a painted dome, and the work of the best Renaissance architects. But it is best known as the resting place of the Medici princes. The last of them is in a sarcophagus in the New Sacristy (sacristy) of the temple.

Church of Santa Croce

The Basilica dedicated to the Holy Cross (Basilica di Santa Croce) is located near the historic center of the city. The beginning of the construction of the temple was in the last decade of the XIII century. There is a legend that the idea of creating this church belonged to St. Francis himself. The building was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt with the money of wealthy Florentines. Therefore, in the appearance of the temple there is a mixture of styles: Gothic and Proto-Renaissance.

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Florence - Church of Santa Croce

The white marble Santa Croce is famous for its decorations made by famous masters: murals and sculptures by Giotto, works by Donatello and Antonio Canova. Dim daylight enters the building through large stained-glass windows, and the altar of the church is impressive. Santa Croce occupies a special place thanks to the extensive pantheon of tombs of prominent citizens of the city and country. There are about three hundred tombs under the vaults of the temple. The most important tombs are those of Niccolò Machiavelli, Dante Alighieri and Galileo Galilei.

Outlet The Mall

The Mall in Florence

The Mall is a huge department store turned into a fashion shopping paradise. Italy is a trendsetter, and one of the undisputed attractions of the fashion world is located in the suburbs of Florence. Outlet shoppers get access to sales and incredible discounts on expensive branded goods: clothing, bags, perfume, cosmetics, shoes, accessories and more.

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Want to share my experience. We decided to look at the Cathedral complex in Santa Maria del Fiore. We were told to buy a general ticket for 15 euros, which entitles us to enter: the bell tower, the bath, climb the dome of the cathedral, the museum, and somewhere else. They said that the ticket office was inside the bell tower and in the museum. We chose the bell tower for some reason. It took us 2 hours without exaggeration to stand in line, so there was no time to look at the bell tower (as we had reserved a table in a restaurant). We were told that we can reserve the time of our visit on the Internet or in special machines, using the ticket number, and we will be allowed to go without queuing, so with a calm heart we went to lunch. At first we did not manage to make the reservation and we tried to pass the belfry without queuing, arguing that we already had the tickets which we had been standing in line for all morning. But nothing… eventually, I found out how to use the reservation, if you have a ticket (http://it.grandemuseodelduomo.waf.it/booking.php), and in half an hour we were inside. By the way, in the museum, there was no line at all for the same unico ticket. I was left a bit puzzled, what makes all these people stand in this endless line, if, using the Internet, you can get inside in 5 minutes? In addition, each of the objects of this complex has its own schedule, plus you need to set aside time to go over 400 steps to the dome and bell tower (if you still want to overcome this distance for the second time in a row), and then decide whether you need to spend those 15 euros at all? We only managed to visit half of it, but if we had been able to buy a ticket and reserve time in time, our visit would have been much more enjoyable and productive. And admission to the Duomo itself is free, only there is almost nothing inside – everything is in the museum!

Visited the Duomo, the cathedral is of course beyond praise! This carved box – just a masterpiece. The queue is unreal – surrounds the cathedral. We had tickets for a certain time (I think), I took them a month in advance, I do not remember the time. Just walked with the nearest group in the fast-line, the ticket was quietly piked at the turnstile and we went inside. Perhaps we were lucky, but the fact is a fact – without a clear time there is nothing to do: you wait half a day, even if you come to 8 am. At the bell tower is better to come to two o’clock – there are almost no queues.

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