The stunning facade of Florence Duomo is one of a 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 translates to, “Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flowers.” But, for lazy tourists who have problems remembering places, it would simply be, Florence Cathedral.
The Stunning Facade of Florence Duomo. The whole facade of the church isn’t the 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 stare at them for a long time.
Gothic or Renaissance?
Someone told me that in its early construction, its design was Gothic. But as it progressed, its Renaissance style became evident, too. Both styles were blended and resulted in a classical masterpiece that 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 favorite 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 place of interest in any country in the world, the morning is the best time to visit. Of course, there is 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.
The Stunning Facade of Florence Duomo
How to Save Money and Time in Florence
Every tourist attraction in Florence seems to have a long queue outside. My mistake was not listening to my friend who told me to buy a ticket in advance. I told myself that I’d wake up and go early. No matter how early I was, there were always people who were earlier than me. I had to join the long queue against my will. Whether you are going to see the Statue of David or go inside Uffizi Gallery, it is wise to buy your tickets in advance. Joining a tour saves time and you learn more about the city. Click the links below to see what you can do in Florence.
Where to stay in Florence
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.
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 a 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 a clean and fun hostel. There are other hostels you can choose from these websites: HostelWorld, and Booking.com.