Duomo Walk, Florence

Duomo Walk, Florence
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Duomo quarter is located in the very heart of the Florence Historic Center. This area is deservedly considered the religious and the civic centre of the town. Most of the historic sites Florence is famous for are to be found here. Take this tour to explore all the masterpieces of the Duomo quarter.

Duomo Walk - Route Map

Guide Name: Duomo Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Florence
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: Daniel
Florence Cathedral

1) Florence Cathedral

Overlooking the city of Florence is the beautiful Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. The dome of the Basilica is famously the largest brick dome in the world. The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, which roughly translates to the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, is dedicated to Madonna or The Virgin Mary. The magnificent cathedral is noted for housing Domenico di Michelino's painting, Dante and the Divine Comedy, portraying Dante illuminating Florence with his famous poem. The...   view more
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Campanile di Giotto

2) Campanile di Giotto

Giotto’s Campanile is a free-standing campanile that is part of the complex of buildings that make up Florence Cathedral on the Piazza del Duomo in Florence. The tower is one of the showpieces of the Florentine Gothic architecture with its design by Giotto, its rich sculptural decorations and the polychrome marble encrustations.

This slender structure stands on a square plan with a side of 14.45 metres (47.41 ft). It attains a height of 84.7 metres (277.9 ft) sustained by four polygonal...   view more
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Battistero di San Giovanni

3) Battistero di San Giovanni

Commonly known as Florence Baptistery, Battistero di San Giovanni is located in Piazza del Duomo and Piazza di San Giovanni, diagonally opposite the Doumo cathedral. It was built in the seventh century over a Roman structure, believed to a temple dedicated to Mars. Symbolizing recreation, the baptistery is octagonal in shape and was decorated with green and white marble during its reconstruction in 1059.

The zebra striped pilaster at every corner the baptistery has today is the result of the...   view more
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Casa di Dante

4) Casa di Dante

Set in the heart of medieval Florence, presently the area between the Church of Saint Martino and Piazza dei Donati, is the Casa di Dante or the House/Museum of Dante. The building, though erected in the twentieth century, is believed to be seated on the birth place of one of the most cherished poets in Italian history- Dante Alighieri.

After a series of archaeological studies done on the site, historians concluded that the area, on which the building now stands, was the birth place of...   view more
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Badia Fiorentina

5) Badia Fiorentina

Badìa Fiorentina is an abbey and church now home to the Fraternity of Jerusalem situated on the Via del Proconsolo in the centre of Florence.

The abbey was founded as a Benedictine institution in 978 by Willa, Countess of Tuscany, in commemoration of her late husband Hubert, and was one of the chief buildings of medieval Florence. A hospital was founded in the abbey in 1071. The church bell marked the main divisions of the Florentine day. Between 1284 and 1310 the Romanesque church was...   view more
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Bargello

6) Bargello

Florence is not only the paradise for architectural enthusiasts, but is also the haven for art lovers and the Bargello Museum is a perfect blend of both. With an exterior of a fortress, the Bargello Museum houses some of the most important pieces of Renaissance sculptures and work of art. The Bargello Museum, located in the Palazzo del Popolo, is one of the oldest structures in the city of Florence and dates back to 1255. Throughout history, the building has served as a fortress, a Palace, a...   view more
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Complesso di San Firenze

7) Complesso di San Firenze

Fathers of the Oratorian order always had big plans for this small parish of San Firenze, which was started in 1174. To the parish, they wanted to add a convent, an oratory and a Church dedicated to St. Philip Neri, founder of the order. With passing time, architects changed and so did the designs. However, the limited availability of funds remained a major concern for the extravagant designs of the parish. Finally, in 1667 Francesco Silvani started work on the church. After his death,...   view more
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Orsanmichele

8) Orsanmichele

Orsanmichele is a church in the Italian city of Florence. The building was constructed on the site of the kitchen garden of the monastery of San Michele, now gone. Located on the Via Calzaiuoli in Florence, the church was originally built as a grain market in 1337 by Francesco Talenti, Neri di Fioravante, and Benci di Cione. Between 1380 and 1404 it was converted into a church used as the chapel of Florence's powerful craft and trade guilds. Inside the church is Andrea Orcagna's...   view more
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Palazzo Davanzati

9) Palazzo Davanzati

Palazzo Davanzati was erected in the second half of the 14th century by the Davizzi family, who were wealthy members of the wool guild. In 1516 it was sold to the Bartolini and, later that century, to the Davanzati family, also rich merchants (1578), who held it until 1838. After the suicide of Carlo Davanzati, it was split into different quarters and modified. After escaping the numerous demolitions of 19th century Florence, it was bought by Elia Volpi, an antiquarian, who restored it in (his...   view more
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Piazzetta del Limbo

10) Piazzetta del Limbo

Piazzetta del Limbo is a famous ancient square in Florence. It is located in the historic center of the city, not far from the church of Santi Apostoli. The piazza is described in details in Dante's well-known...   view more
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Uffizi

11) Uffizi

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world. It is housed in the Palazzo degli Uffizi, a palazzo in Florence. Building of the palace was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici as the offices for the Florentine magistrates — hence the name "uffizi" ("offices"). Construction was continued to Vasari's design by Alfonso Parigi and Bernardo Buontalenti and ended in 1581. Today the Uffizi is one of the most...   view more
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Museo Galileo

12) Museo Galileo

The Museo Galileo (before 2010 known as the Institute and Museum of the History of Science) is a science museum housed inside an old palace named Castellani. It was founded in 1927 by the University of Florence. The museum is located in the Piazza dei Giudici, by the River Arno and close to the Uffizi Gallery.

The museum features many artifacts from the 15th to 19th century, mostly pioneering scientific instruments including world globes, stethoscopes, navigation instruments and telescopes...   view more
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Chiesa di San Pier Scheraggio

13) Chiesa di San Pier Scheraggio

Chiesa di San Pier Scheraggio is a very old church in Florence. It was used for city's Council meetings before the other palaces were built. Dante attended many of these meetings during his life as a politician. Today the church is part of the Uffizi...   view more
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Palazzo Vecchio

14) Palazzo Vecchio

The Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence. This massive, Romanesque, crenellated fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany. Although most of the Palazzo Vecchio is now a museum, it remains the symbol of local government: since 1872 it has housed the office of the mayor of Florence, and it is the seat of the City Council. At the end of the hall is situated a small sideroom without windows. This masterpiece, the Studiolo of Francesco I was also designed by Vasari in...   view more
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Piazza della Signoria

15) Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria is an L-shaped square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. It was named after the Palazzo della Signoria, also called Palazzo Vecchio. It is the focal point of the origin and of the history of the Florentine Republic and still maintains its reputation as the political hub of the city. The square features many statues by Giambologna, Donatello, Bandinelli and a copy of the Michelangelo's David.

The piazza was already a central square in the original Roman...   view more
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