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Three in one: the Duomo, baptistery, and campanile

monument museum

Visit the Old Town in early morning when the sun illuminates Giotto's bell tower, the roof of the baptistery, and the red dome of the cathedral.

A jewel of Gothic architecture, the bell tower of the cathedral, designed by Giotto and completed by Francesco Talenti, can be visited from 8:30 a.m. It is decorated with reliefs and statues of the great masters of the Renaissance, and, after climbing up 414 steps, it offers a breath-taking view of the city.

In the very simple nave of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (the real name of the ‘Duomo'), linger in front of Dante Explaining the Divine Comedy by Domenico di Michelino, Giorgio Vasari's fresco of the Last Judgement which decorates Filippo Brunelleschi's dome, and the gigantic clock by Paolo Uccello before exploring the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, inaugurated in October 2015. A modern gem that houses some 750 works, it includes the Florentine Pietà, Michelangelo's last sculpture. If you still have time, do not miss the baptistery of San Giovanni, made of polychromatic marble and tiles.

Duomo and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo
50122 Firenze

+39 055 230 2885

www.operaduomo.firenze.it

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