THE DOME IT­SELF

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There are 463 spi­ralling, of­ten crammed steps to the top of the dome, but they are worth the climb.

You see both skins of Brunelleschi’s dou­ble dome and his lan­tern; stained glass win­dows by Uc­cello, Ghib­erti and Donatello; Vasari’s fres­coes. And you get a chang­ing se­ries of spec­tac­u­lar views from the win­dows and lan­tern, as you climb. While en­trance to the Duomo is free, all other parts, in­clud­ing the Cupola (dome) and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo are in­cluded in a €15 (£13) “Il Grande Museo del Duomo” com­bined ticket, valid for 48 hours from first en­try (op­eraduomo.firenze.it).

ex­pert guide to Flo­rence is at tele­graph.co.uk/ tt-flo­renceguide.

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