The famous Dome of the Florence Cathedral is my main landmark of the city; I have basically zero sense of direction, so my first order of business was making sure I knew how to get from my appartement 15 minutes away to the Dome and back again. Once I had that down, I began to branch out, but the advantage of knowing your way around the Dome is that you can see it from almost anywhere, and if you do need to stop for directions, everyone will know which way to point you.
That being said, the steps going up to the top of the Dome are where leg muscles go to die. To climb up the Dome and reach the observatory at the top, with its panoramic view of Florence at your feet, be prepared to schlep up about 400 minuscule stone steps! The view from the top is completely worth it though, and so, all in all, I’d say it was definitely worth the trek.
Entry to the Cathedral itself and access to the top will only set you back about 8 euros, and there are plenty of places to go grab a recovery gelato once you’re back on the ground – more on this later.
Cathedral hours are as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and on Fridays from 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday from 10 AM to 3:30 PM, Saturday from 10 AM to 4:45 PM, but on Sundays only from 1:30 PM to 4:45 PM.