The stunning facade of Florence Duomo is one of its kind. It’s a great example of the Renaissance style which was born in Florence, Italy. Duomo, as the locals call it, has a longer name: Catedral Santa Maria del Fiore. In English, it is translated as, “Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flowers.” For lazy tourists who have problems remembering places, it would be known as Florence Cathedral.
The Stunning Facade of Florence Duomo. The whole facade of the church isn’t your typical church you see all over Italy or Spain. Its polychrome marble panels are bordered with hues of pink and green. The exterior is plastered with so many sculptures and frescoes of various sizes. Incredible patterns and amazing craftsmanships are ubiquitous wherever you stand. They can be dizzying if you’re fixated on them.
Gothic or Renaissance? Well, I was told that in its early construction, the church was designed as Gothic. But as it progressed, its Renaissance style became evident, too. Both styles were blended and resulted in a classical masterpiece which Florence is so proud of.
The Stunning Facade of Florence Duomo (Catedral de Santa Maria del Fiore, Firenze, Italy).
What You Should See. First of all, don’t just stay in front of this enormous cathedral. Go around it. Look up and down and you’ll always find something that interests you. There are cafes around it, take a seat, get your favourite Italian wine and admire it from a distance. Or come back at dinner time and see this sacred place when the lights are on.
Entrance Fee. Going inside is free but the queue can really test your patience. When you’re inside the cathedral, you can go down and pay a small fee to see the museum and the Baptistry. You can also climb to the cupola designed by Brunelleschi.
What Time is Best to Visit. Just like any crowded places of interest in any country in the world, the morning is the best time to visit. Of course, there are no annoying crowd and you’ll be alone with this intimidating giant of a structure. Get ready when the first rays of the morning sun kissed the domes – it’s a calming scene you’d never fail to sigh.
If you’re looking for a hostel in Florence that’s near the Duomo, you’ll never go wrong with the Academy Hostel. It is few minutes walk to the Santa Maria del Fiore, aka, the Duomo, the city’s most famous landmark The train station is less than 10 minutes walk from here. The hostel is loved by those who have stayed here. It’s clean and fun hostel.