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What you should know about Duomo

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If Florence is considered the epicenter of the Renaissance, the Duomo of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore might be called the fuse that lit the town on fire. Brunelleschi, the amateur architect who designed and built the dome in the 15th century, had no clue what he was doing when he was commissioned to complete the work. Since the dome is over 100 feet tall and around 150 feet wide at its base, with no supports today or during its construction, engineers and architects remained puzzled by the mystery of how Brunelleschi was able to build it. The Duomo is located in an area close to museums and galleries of fine art, and is a good location in Florence to make your base. You can find the best hotels around Duomo, Florence by searching all of the listings on Family-friendly suites, spacious single rooms and rooms where pets are allowed can all be found on You also get access to special room rates with, and you can find out about local attractions and restaurants close to the rooms you choose.

What's Duomo, Florence Like?

The neighborhood around Duomo is a mix of residential, office, and tourist space. In between, you'll find trattorias and shops where you can buy clothing or souvenirs. Let your nose lead you to one of the local bakeries, where you can order a whole or partial loaf of "filone," a Florentine specialty bread. Don't be surprised when you taste it and realize it's been made with no salt. In the 16th century, taxes were levied on salt. The stubborn women of the region found a way to bake bread without it, and have been serving it to their families salt-less ever since. Many tourists trudge up the Duomo to get a view from the top. The climb up offers stunning views, so it's worth the trek.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Duomo, Florence

If you're invited to a home in Florence, be prepared for many courses of food at dinner. Italians love to linger over meals, savoring the flavors and the company. There may be as many as 12 courses, with fruit, coffee and wine following. Children and family are important to locals. Make way for parents with strollers and small children. Wear more modest clothes inside the cathedrals and galleries to attract the least attention. Be the tourist who takes pictures only where they are allowed, and who talks softly inside a chapel when a service is being conducted. Be kind and thoughtful, and Florence will return the favor.

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