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The Duomo Complex is undoubtedly one of the most visited monuments in Florence. Without visiting the different structures in the complex, your visit to Florence is incomplete.
Therefore, there must be a certain way to visit all the monuments efficiently. That’s where I come into the picture. Allow me to enlighten you.
Your series of monuments should be in this order:
- Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Day 1)
- The Dome (Day 1)
- The Opera Museum (Day 1)
- Giotto’s Bell Tower a.k.a Giotto’s Campanile (Day 2)
- The Crypt of Santa Reparata (Day 2)
THE BASIC RULE IS…
WAKE UP EARLY MORNING
Make it your mantra in order to experience the fantastic Duomo Complex of Florence in the most efficient way possible. Though all the tours do not begin before 10 AM, still, don’t you want to capture the amazing sunrise from the Michelangelo Square? If you do, wake up early.
Make sure you are back at the Duomo Complex by 10 AM to start your day.
Bring your printed or electronic copy to the ticket office in Piazza San Giovanni and collect your tickets from the office. They will tell you about your guide (if you have booked a tour) and where and when to find her/him. Usually, all the tours begin at 10:30 A.M.
To begin your day, assemble at the centre of the square where you will notice a white octagonal monument with large bronze doors. That’s the Baptistry of San Giovanni. You can have a good look at the doors and click some nice pictures until the guide shows up by 10:30 A.M.
NOTE: THE BRONZE DOORS ON THIS OCTAGONAL MONUMENT DEPICT THE LIFE OF JOHN, THE BAPTIST, WHO IS THE PATRON SAINT OF FLORENCE. THIS STRUCTURE MARKS A STRIKING RESEMBLANCE WITH THE PANTHEON IN ROME.
The 2-Day Half-Marathon Begins. :p
CATHEDRAL OF SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE
You should start with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Tourists without a guided tour will have to read about the history of the cathedral in advance to understand it and have an overall better experience. I always suggest taking a guide right there instead of booking one earlier. This way, it’s cheaper (you can bargain) and relatively hassle-free.
NOTE: IF YOU HAVE’NT BOOKED A TOUR WITH ANY TOUR OPERATOR OR SO, REMEMBER TO PRE-BOOK THE TIME TO ENTER THE DOME.
If you have a tour booked, you will have the privilege of skipping the queue and you’ll save a lot of time! The tour people will obviously be fascinated by the stories told by their guide such as the attempted assassination of Lorenzo and Giuliano during a mass, about the Medici Family and the history of the famous cathedral.
NOTE: YOUR SECOND STOP COULD BE THE NORTH TERRACE, THAT IS IF YOU BOOK GUIDED TOURS THROUGH CERTAIN COMPANIES. IF YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN, SAY GOOD-BYE TO THE NORTH TERRACE
THE DOME (CLIMB THE DOME)
One of the most anticipated and tiring things to do in Florence and in Italy is to climb the 463 steps of the Brunelleschi’s Dome.
463 steps are one too many. You better be prepared to complete it somehow because at some places the stairs get so narrow that only one person can pass. At some points, you might have to squeeze yourself to one side just to give passage to other climbers. After 15 minutes or so of continuous climbing, you will witness a spectacle so enthralling- the skyline of Mighty Red Florence from a height of almost 100 meters.
Take your time to digest the beauty of this view.
You cannot pre-book anything here to skip the queue. This Gallery has many great collections like documentaries of The Dome and a variety of wood models. The amount of time you spend in the gallery depends solely on you. A person like me can spend hours inside.
By the time you exit this gallery, have your lunch and get a Cappuccino, it will already be around 4 or 5 P.M. and by this time, all the other attractions or monuments in The Complex will have closed for the day. That’s where our Day 2 comes into action,
GIOTTO’S BELL TOWER (GIOTTO’S CAMPANILE)
Only LEGENDS can climb both Bell Tower and The Dome on the same day but normal people tend to do things normally. HAHA! I wouldn’t suggest you to climb both The Domeand The Tower on the same day. The Tower has 414 steps to the top and is a measly 10 meters shorter than The Dome.
Basically, it will give you an amazing chance to photograph The Dome from a very close distance just like you were able to capture The Tower from The Dome.
If perchance, you have to choose, I would suggest you to choose the Bell Tower Climb as it is easier (lesser and wider steps). Thus, it feels easier in comparison with the suffocating Dome Climb. Plus, The Dome’s presence in your photographs will be more precious or Insta-worthy.
It is obviously not compulsory to climb both the monuments, but doing so will make your Insta-game stronger.
NOTE: IT IS OBVIOUSLY BETTER TO CLIMB THE TOWER IN THE MORNING TO AVOID THE RUSH, UNLESS, YOU WANT TO CAPTURE THE BEAUTIFULLY IGNITED DOME DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS IN THE EVENING TIME.
THE CRYPT OF SANTA REPARATA
This is said to be the original Cathedral of Florence; built in 5th Century AD. As it’s a small place, it won’t consume a lot of your time. It’s not necessary to visit this place but if you are a person like me, you will not miss a single site in Florence even if you have less time.
Some people have the audacity of seeing everything a city has to offer.
NOTE: MAKE SURE TO NOT MISS THE BRUNELLESCHI’S TOMB IN HERE. IT IS REALLY DIFFICULT TO FIND. IT IS SORT OF BEHIND THE GIFT SHOP. SO, BETTER STAY FOCUSSED. 😛 DON’T GO THERE IF YOU ARE CLAUSTROPHOBIC, BUT I WOULD SAY. “LIFE IS SHORT, SEE THE OLD ROCKS”.
The Crypt offers various artworks, preserved walls and different architectural marvels.
I hope this method of mine helps you to visit the Duomo Complex in the most efficient way possible. I believe it will.
Have a wonderful time in Florence.