Scenes from inside the Duomo

I never meant to climb to the top of the Duomo in Florence, but then I did. And, as often happens while traveling, this accident turned into a very special memory. I wandered the same tight turns and corridors as Duomo’s mastermind Filippo Brunelleschi and his workers. I even saw tools — some of them original! — used during construction.


Want to know how I accidentally climbed to the top of Brunelleschi’s engineering marvel? Here’s my story! For a well-written, quick read of the Duomo’s construction, I recommend Ross King’s Brunelleschi’s Dome.


Very happy to be at the top!

 I invite you to sign my guestbook, and to join me on Facebook, where I share often about Italy! This post first appeared on Prayers and Piazzas.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. the italian language specialist says:

    Reblogged this on Italian in Italy's Blog and commented:
    The ticket to the Duomo costs euro 15 and includes also the renewed Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo and the Battistero, if you are able to visit them within 48 hrs !

  2. styleague says:

    hey , nice blog, i will be Florence in a few weeks and i am definitely going to try climbing to the top of Duomo, will follow.

    1. Thanks so much! Buon viaggio and have a great time in Florence!

      1. styleague says:

        Thankyou so much ❤

  3. Cezane & Michelle says:

    These are great shots right from the top! – Cezane

    1. Thank you so much! And thanks for the follow. 🙂

  4. As bad as this sounds, I have been to Florence at least 20 times and never climbed to the top of either the Duomo or the Campanile! :/ Looks like I will have to! Lovely shots!

    1. Thank you! It was a happy accident. I’m sure you have some wonderful suggestions of what to see and do in Florence… please share your favorites if you have a chance!

      1. Hey Stacy! Sounds like a collab post could be on the cards 😉 Would be fun to do!

      2. That sounds great! Email me and let me know what you have in mind!

  5. apollard says:

    How did you accidently end up climbing to the top? Sounds like theres a story there!

    1. You got me, Andrea! I suppose it would be more accurate to say that I accidently started climbing to the top. 🙂 Once I knew I was on the wrong path, I did keep going rather than turn back. Read my guest post (link embedded at the end of “Scenes from Inside the Duomo” post) — you’ll enjoy that story. Cin cin! 🙂

  6. Gracefully Global says:

    Tried to leave a comment on your guest piece but don’t know if I succeeded. Great job. 🙂

  7. Gracefully Global says:

    Ah cool! Should I do it too when I’m in Florence in a few weeks?

    1. Lucky you! The climb is a bit strenuous but the view is incredible… another great view is from Piazzale Michelangelo, especially at sunset. Thanks for being here and for reading my guest post!

      1. Gracefully Global says:

        Ok! Maybe the day after I’ve had a big dinner I can make it my goal for the day to get to the top. 😉 Piazza Michelangelo is such a great tip – I had never been there until the last time I was in Florence. So beautiful!

  8. Debra Kolkka says:

    I climbed the campanile, but I haven’t done the dome yet…one day.

    1. And I haven’t yet climbed the Campanile…we’ll have to exchange notes when we do! 🙂

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