Duomo & Piazza della Signoria in detail

Planning Tips

Top Tips

Climbing inside Brunelleschi's cupola is a Florence essential, but to ensure you don't miss out on this memorable experience, be sure to reserve your ticket and time slot in advance – online or straight when you arrive in town at the cathedral's Piazza San Giovanni ticket office.

Local Experiences

  • Aperitvi Join locals for summertime early-evening cocktails on the chic rooftop terrace of La Terrazza Lounge Bar or back-alley garden of shabby-chic Amblé. Winter or summer, stylish Irene, with a box terrace on Piazza della Repubblica, is another aperitivo hotspot.
  • Escape the crowds Reserve a spot on one of the little-known but extraordinary behind-the-scenes tours at the Duomo: to stand up high on the cathedral terraces, otherwise inaccessible, is to feel alive, exhilarated, fabulously on top of the busy Florentine world below.
  • Le Passeggiata Nothing is more sacrosanct to Florentines than their early-evening stroll; follow the trail from the duomo to Via de’ Tornabuoni, prime terrain to don suitable dress and walk, chat and smooch in the chic company of Renaissance palaces and Italian fashion houses. There is good reason why this elegant street is called the ‘Salotto di Firenze’ (Florence’s Drawing Room).
  • City views This neighbourhood has ample high points from which to admire Florence's Renaissance splendour: rooftop terraces hide inside the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and on the 5th floor of Piazza della Repubblica's central department store.