Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore) and Giotta’s Tower

clea Picture of Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore) and Giotta’s TowerLike most cities, Florence has an abundance of sites to see and things to do but there are often better times to visit a museum or go to a church. One of those places is the Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore) and Giotta’s Tower (the campanile). The Duomo and Tower are magnificent; the dome itself is enormous and the façade has been beautifully refurbished and cleaned. You can climb both the Duomo and the Tower, but definitely climb at least one of them. No matter when you visit it is a must see but if you can pick the time to visit I would suggest later in the afternoon. I have climbed the tower at various times, including very early in the morning and later in the evening. For me, the best time is in the late afternoon. One year my husband and I went probably about an hour or so before closing and the tower was empty. We encountered one other person on our journey up. It was so nice because we took our time, we took pictures and when we got to the top we had it all to ourselves. We got a little nervous that perhaps we would get locked in it was so quiet.

Be aware that there are a lot of steps to climb to get to the top of the tower, so you want to leave yourself enough time to climb at your speed. There are various levels to stop and take in the view along the way which is helpful if you need to rest on the way to the top. Also, if you find that the climb is too much you return down at any point.

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