Giotto's Bell Tower (Campanile di Giotto)

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Giotto's Bell Tower (Campanile di Giotto)
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Key Info

Piazza del Duomo

Price & Hours

15 euros (about $18) for adults; 3 euros (about $4) for kids 6-11
8:15 a.m.-7 p.m. daily

Details

Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Designed by Giotto in the early 14th century, this ornate 277-foot high bell tower is part of the renowned Duomo in central Florence's Piazza del Duomo. Although it is known as Giotto's Bell Tower, it actually required three architects to finish. The changes in style and design are apparent. Today, you can admire the tower's external design from the square below – make sure to spend plenty of time admiring the statues and reliefs by such famed artists as Donatello and Andrea Pisano. Or you can climb the 414 steps to the top for spectacular views of central Florence, a hike that recent visitors said leads to a better panorama than you get at the top of the Duomo because you get to view the Duomo from this vantage point. 

However, the climb can be a real workout, so make sure to pace yourself. Travelers appreciated that there were several places where they could stop to catch their breath and admire the views on the way up to the top, which they said were well worth the steep climb.

You can see the Campanile for free at any time of day by taking a nice passeggiata (or stroll) around the piazza. Or, for 15 euros (about $18), you can take on the stairs and strive for magnificent views; OPA ticket price also includes access to the Duomo, Baptistry and other sites. The bell tower is open every day from 8:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit its section on the Duomo website.

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Loggia dei Lanzi, in the Piazza della Signoria, is an open-air (and free) museum that was designed in the 14th century by Orcagna, an influential architect and artist. Below the building's curved arches are dozens of sculptures (notable ones include Giambologna's Rape of the Sabines and Cellini's Perseus), which draw crowds of tourists and locals alike. Behind it sits the Galleria degli Uffizi. The Piazza della Signoria is also filled with its (more than) fair share of sculptures, including a towering replica of Michaelangelo's David.

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