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    jrnelson627 is offline Junior Member - Learning about Tuscany
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    Default Should we climb the bell tower or duomo?


    We have limited time in Florence. I want to climb either the bell tower or the duomo....which would you recommend? We're fine with heights and tight quarters. Do they have similar views? I believe I'v read that the duomo requires a reservation. Does the bell tower? Thanks!

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    The dome does require a reservation for a specific time to go up, while the tower doesn't. They are both about the same steps and height. There is only one ticket/pass that covers both climbs -- so once you're here in Florence, go and get your ticket and ask at the office whether they have open time slots for the Duomo. If they do and it works for your schedule (since you have limited time), then climb up the Duomo, it is the more classic and you get a chance to walk up close to the the frescoes inside the dome, they are pretty neat. So I'd recommend the duomo as a first choice.

    If there are no time slots or they don't work with your schedule, then do the bell tower - it is a different view because you get to see the dome from up high, it is pretty neat. The views in general are more or less similar once you're up there, but I also really like seeing the dome from up high.

    If you have the time, you could do both!
    In the beginning stages of planning to come to Tuscany? Make sure to read Where to Stay in Tuscany WITH a car and Where to Stay in Tuscany WITHOUT a car for ideas on where to stay in Tuscany. Also read When to Visit Tuscany to decide when is the best times for your visit.

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