The Baptistery of St. John and Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Duomo.

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The marble façade of Santa Maria Novella is one of the greatest works of the Florentine Renaissance, as well as one of the most iconic symbols of the city itself. To fully appreciate this masterpiece, let’s talk art history a bit! The church was founded in 1279 by the Domenican Order of the Catholic Church. The architecture of the church combines elements of the Medieval, Gothic and Neoclassical styles. The completion of the church took almost 200 years and it has since then been subjected to modifications and restorations. What are the best things to do in Piazza Duomo? Yes, the Church facade alone is mesmerizing. However, the Florence full experience must include a visit to Brunelleschi’s Dome. The Dome of Santa Maria Novella was built between 1420 and 1436 by Filippo Brunelleschi and is the largest masonry vault in the world (45.5 meters in diameter and 116 meters high!). On the inside, the vault is decorated with frescoes representing the Last Judgement. If you want a breathtaking view of the city and your feeling energetic, you can try and climb Giotto's bell tower. Warning: the tower is 84.7 meters tall and, since there is no elevator, visitors must walk 414 steps. If you are up for it then go for it, however, it is reportedly not suitable for people with heart problems, vertigo problems, or pregnant women. If the prospect of 414 steps doesn’t agree with you, don’t worry! Only 150 steps separate you from the beautiful Duomo's Terraces. The panoramic visit to the terraces allows you to walk around the perimeter of the church, allowing almost a 360 view of the city. All tickets are available here:! Tip to take the best picture in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella: When trying to take the perfect picture in front of the Cathedral, my suggestion is to either use the wide-angle option on your phone’s camera or try and take a vertical panorama picture. This way you can fit the whole church in the picture, as well as yourself Where to have lunch (or aperitivo!) with a view: If you are craving a glass of Tuscan wine with a breathtaking view, I recommend the View on art Rooftop Cocktail Bar. The terrace faces Santa Maria del Fiore, offering an exclusive view of the church as well as a perfect photo op. It may be best to make a reservation in advance!
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