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7 unusual sights of the Brunelleschi’s Cupola

Brunelleschi's Cupola

I love the dome of Florence Cathedral, built by Brunelleschi in 1434: it’s huge and quite unique, making the city’s skyline one-of-a-kind. In addition it can be admired from far away, like from the surroundings of Impruneta and the terrace of Villa Medicea di Lilliano.

I noticed that there are several places in Florence, from where you’re suddenly stricken from the majestic sight of the Cupola; I decided to list them up for you, because these are sometimes hidden views of Florence and out-of-crowds streets. Of course these are great places to take pictures of Florence beautiful Dome.

Florence Dome seen from Piazza Santissima Annunziata

View from Piazza Santissima Annunziata

Where to admire the Cupola in the city center

  • Via de’ Servi – from Piazza Santissima Annunziata to the crossroad with Via de’ Pucci;
  • Via dell’Oriuolo – from the corner of via Sant’Egidio until you reach Piazza Duomo;
  • Via dello Studio – from the crossroad with Via de’ Neri to the crossroad with Via delle Oche;
  • Via de’ Cerretani – from the corner of Via de’ Banchi to Piazza Duomo;
  • Grande Museo del Duomo – from the inside of the museum and from the roof terrace you have an amazing view.

Where to admire the Cupola outside the city center

  • Via de’ Bruni – at the height of The New York Univerisity
  • Ponte Amerigo Vespucci – in the middle of the bridge
The Cupola from Via dello Studio

The Cupola from Via dello Studio

The hidden views of Burnelleschi's Cupola in Florence

The hidden views of Burnelleschi’s Cupola

3 Must-see places from where to admire the Cupola

Last but not least, here below you finds 3 bonus, but more obvious, sights that I strongly recommend you see while in Florence:

  • Piazzale Michelangelo – the best panoramic view of the city
  • Arnolfo Tower – one of the best sights of the Duomo
  • Oblate Cafè – from the terrace of this cafetteria in Florence it looks like you touch che Cupola

The Duomo of Florence from the Arnolfo Tower

What’s your favorite view? Could you suggest it to me? Thanks!


  • Reply
    Cindy Tong
    October 1, 2022 at 9:22 am

    hi can i know if the last photo of your post is from cafe oblate or from other location?

    • Reply
      October 3, 2022 at 8:08 am

      Hello Cindy, the very last photo was taken from Torre di Arnolfo at Palazzo Vecchio.

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