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Piazza del Duomo

The beating heart of Florence is the perfect place to chill out, surrounded by some of the city’s most breathtaking architectural treasures.

Florence’s famous Piazza del Duomo is a magnet for locals and visitors alike. This historic square, with its roots in the glorious Renaissance, is packed with lively cafés and bars, food stalls and street entertainers, so take time out to sip a cappuccino or snack on a slice of pizza and watch the world go by before heading off to explore the fascinating buildings that line its sides.

Most people’s first stop is the cathedral that gives its name to the square. Santa Maria del Fiore’s colourful Neo-Gothic façade of brightly patterned marble is abutted by the soaring bell tower, or Campanile, designed by Giotto. Climb 414 steps to the top of the tower for spectacular bird’s-eye views of Florence and the rolling hills of Tuscany in the far distance.

Opposite the Duomo is the 11th-century Baptistery of St John, one of the oldest buildings in the city and a fine example of Florentine Romanesque style. This unusual octagonal-shaped building is especially esteemed for its three sets of bronze doors with relief sculptures depicting scenes from the Bible. The most outstanding is Lorenzo Ghiberti’s set on the east side, which the great Michelangelo himself described as worthy of “the Gates of Paradise”. The original doors were replaced in 1900 by copies to preserve them from further wear and tear, but their intricate craftsmanship can still be admired in the Duomo Works Museum (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo). Here you can also view numerous other important artworks created for the cathedral, including sculptures by Donatello and Michelangelo and cantorial pulpits, or singing-galleries, by Luca della Robbia.

Cross the bustling piazza to examine the frescoes, statues and bas-reliefs in the 14th-century Loggia del Bigallo, originally built by the Compagnia della Misericordia (Company of Mercy) as a refuge for abandoned children, now a sheltered spot to escape the Tuscan sun and grab a few tranquil moments before heading off for a well-earned gelato.

You'll find it hard to believe how many activities there are at Piazza del Duomo. Here are some ideas to get you started:

For many more activities, examine our Florence things to do page.


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Grand Hotel Cavour RM313
Grand Hotel Cavour

Grand Hotel Cavour

Via Del Proconsolo 3, Florence, FI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Duomo, this family-friendly Florence hotel is steps away from Badia Fiorentina and Bargello. Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 14 minutes by foot and Florence Campo Di Marte Station is 23 minutes.

    Orto De Medici Hotel RM397
    Orto De Medici Hotel

    Orto De Medici Hotel

    Via San Gallo 30, Florence, FI
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in San Lorenzo, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza San Marco, Statue of David, and Gallery of the Academy of Florence. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Academy of Fine Arts are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 13 minutes by foot and Florence Statuto Station is 17 minutes.

      Aurum Firenze RM185
      Aurum Firenze

      Aurum Firenze

      Via Nazionale 8/a, Florence
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Santa Maria Novella, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Faenza and Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Museum. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Piazza del Duomo are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is only a 5-minute walk and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 16 minutes.

        Hotel Spadai RM405
        Hotel Spadai

        Hotel Spadai

        Via dei Martelli, 10, Florence, FI
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Duomo, this spa hotel is steps away from Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and San Lorenzo Church. Piazza del Duomo and Academy of Fine Arts are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 10 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 21 minutes.

          Maxim Axial RM206
          Maxim Axial

          Maxim Axial

          Via Dei Calzaiuoli 11, Florence, FI
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps away from Via de' Calzaiuoli and Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower. Piazza della Signoria and Piazza del Duomo are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 11 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 21 minutes.

            Relais Piazza Signoria RM301
            Relais Piazza Signoria

            Relais Piazza Signoria

            Via Vacchereccia 3, Florence, FI
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Duomo, this apartment building is steps away from Via de' Calzaiuoli, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio. Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 14 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 22 minutes.

              Hotel Duomo RM253
              Hotel Duomo

              Hotel Duomo

              Piazza Del Duomo 1, Florence, FI
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps away from Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Florence Baptistery. Bargello and Gallery of the Academy of Florence are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 10 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 22 minutes.

                Firenze Number Nine Wellness Hotel RM413
                Firenze Number Nine Wellness Hotel

                Firenze Number Nine Wellness Hotel

                Via dei Conti, 9, Florence, FI
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Florence hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Medici Chapels and San Lorenzo Church. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Piazza del Duomo are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 7 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 18 minutes.