Duomo di Firenze

The duomo di Firenze, church of “Santa Maria del Fiore” in Florence is the result of an architectural project by Arnolfo di Cambio, begun in 1296. Brunelleschi designed the dome in the late XVII century. The dome of the Duomo is octagonal in shape, 46 meters in diameter at the base, 114.5 meters high.

The cathedral complex, in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile. Above all, these three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the historic centre of Florence.

The interior of the church is a must-see spectacle with beautiful frescoes, sculptures and marble flooring. The paintings on the dome of the Duomo form the largest mural with a sacred subject. A surface of about 3600 square meters of paintings executed at a height of up to 90 meters. Artists who have contributed to embellishing the church of the Florence Cathedral are innumerable. Among the many we can mention Paolo Uccello, Andrea del Castagno, Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari.

The outer coating consists of Carrara white marbles, Siena red marbles and green marbles of Prato. Consequently, it is worth remembering that few steps away from the church of “Santa Maria del Fiore” you can also find the Baptistery and the bell tower of Giotto.

Finally, Paolo Uccello designed the clock above the entrance in 1443 … and it still works!

Entrance into Florence’s cathedral remains free and for this reason you’ll at times find a long line to get in. Don’t worry, the line moves pretty quickly! But in an effort to reduce the line, the cathedral administration is trying to increase the number of visitors allowed at any one time into the church as long as noise level remains low.