When we first saw Duomo – Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore – in Florence, we were awed. It was as though we have walked into a picture, it was magical! The magic soon disipate once we saw the queue to the church! The entrance to Duomo is free but to climb the dome, you will have to buy a ticket.
The Gothic style cathedral was constructed between 1296 – 1436 and the unique design was created using polychrome marble in shades of green and pink on its exterior. This basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches and it still remains the largest brick dome ever constructed. It is a must see in Florence!