The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, commonly known as the Duomo, is the most famous church in Florence and a storied renaissance landmark. The church was completed in 1436 and constructed to be a magnificent example of Gothic style.
The Basilica complex is fairly gigantic and includes the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile—as well as the famous dome—so leave yourself plenty of time to explore everything. The dome is the largest brick dome ever built, and if you feel up to it, you can climb the 463 steps to the top, as well get an unmatched view of the city and Vasari and Zuccari’s painting of the Last Judgment (which, for the record, is a bit gruesome).
This fun and interactive museum, located in Palazzo Vecchio, is especially geared toward a younger... Read more