Campanile di Giotto, Florence

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    Campanile

    by Karahan Written Nov 4, 2006

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    Campanile was designed in 1334 by Giotto. But could be finished in 1359, 22 years after his death. It's 85m high and has got one of the best views of Florence. Also you can take Duomo's nice photos there too. It has got three floors and climbing there is really tiring. Fee is 6 euro.

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    Giotto's Bell Tower (Campanile)

    by codrutz Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    Of course quickly named as The Campanile, as all towers in Italy, the correct name would be Giotto's Bell Tower, being one of the landmarks of Florence by itself, many recognizing the Duomo only by association with this nice bell tower. In 1334 Giotto was nominated as the succesor of the first master of works of the Duomo (Arnolfo di Cambio). At that time Giotto was 67 years old, and unfortunatelly died 3 years later, when only the lower floor of the bell tower was completed. Three marbles were used: white marble from Carrare, green marble from Prato and red marble from Siena. Square-shaped based, the bell tower stands a whopping 84 meters in height. The acces is made from next to the rear entry of the Duomo - and not from within the Duomo!. It is a long way up to the top, visitors having to climb 414 steps but the view of Florence from the most possible height on the ground is rewarding.

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    Climbing the Campanile...

    by LeeParis Updated Aug 11, 2006

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    We loved climbing Giotto's Tower outside the Duomo. Originally we wanted to climb the dome but the lines were too long. We got inside the tower instead just before THOSE lines increased. The height of the tower and dome really aren't that much different...and the view of Florence is magnificent. But it really is a haul to get up there so if you aren't up to it, don't do it. There were a few places to stop in the tower unlike other long climbs I've done...so that helps.

    But getting to the top and seeing that marvelous city spread out below...it's delightful!

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    Giotto's Tower

    by rcsparty Written May 1, 2006

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    Giotto's Tower stands next to the Duomo and is open to climb to the top. Their are 50 less steps then the Duomo and it offers similar views. Also, it allows you to view the Duomo from the air. The stairs get narrow at times, but there are plenty of opportunities to rest...which is important when you have a 6 year old on your shoulders for the climb. I think it was about 6 euros to climb.

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    Giotto Campanile

    by geeyook Updated Nov 22, 2005

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    Giotto Campanile

    Designed by Giotto in 1334 the campanile is the Duomo's bell tower. The freestanding tower is 85 meters (279 ft.) tall. Climb the 414 steps to the top for a close up of the Duomo's cupola and a panoramic view of Florence.

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    by croisbeauty Written Sep 21, 2005

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    I doubt there exist such a beautiful bell tower elsewhere in the world, it is Giotto's project who was the master of all masters. Unfortunetelly, until his death in 1337, he built the bottom part of the campanile only. The bottom part is composed of two closed stories decorated with hexagonal and rhomboid reliefs by Andrea Pisano, Luca della Robbia and Alberto Arnoldi on Giotto's designes.
    The two upper stages were finished by Andrea Pisano, who took Giotto's place. Finaly, between 1350 and 1359, Francesco Talenti finished the bell tower by adding two levels. On the top, of the 81 metres high tower, he create the large terrace supported by small arches and with an openwork balustrade.

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    The Campanile

    by ophiro Written Aug 31, 2005

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    The Campanile

    The Campanile of Florence is the bell tower that you can see very close to the famous Duomo.

    The tower was build in 1334 and it was designed by an architect called Gioto , which was the city architect in those times.

    The campanile was very close to our B&B.

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    Campanile di Giotto

    by TRimer Updated Aug 1, 2005
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    The cathedral bell tower, the Campanile di Giotto is considered to be one of the greatest testimonies to Gothic architecture of the 1300s. This square tower, 84.70 metres high, is the finest example of Florentine Gothic architecture of the 14th century and its well-proportioned design combines vertical movement with horizontal firmness. It has angular supports going up to the horizontal projecting cornice and is completely covered with bands of green, white and pink inlay.

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    The Campanile

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 9, 2005

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    The Campanile, designed by Giotto in 1334, was completed in 1359, 22 years after his death. At 85m (276ft), it is 6m (20ft) shorter than the cathedral's dome. It is clad in while, green and pink Tuscan marble.

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    L'ascensore non funziona ......?

    by Paisleypaul Written Jun 18, 2005

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    The 1334 Campanile (Bell Tower) is a chance to climb some steps aftera spell when all you seem to do is eat and drink ! Superb views almost level with the Duomo by Brunelleschi - see it's shadow fall on the tall Baptistery mid morning in Summer

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    Giotto’s Belltower

    by keeweechic Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    Giotto started work on the huge green, pink and white belltower in 1334 although the project was completed after his death.

    Some of the reliefs on the base of the building are believed to have been designed by Giotto himself. The view from the 85 metre tall tower is well worth the climb.

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    Campanile di Giotto

    by MarvintheMartian Updated Jan 14, 2005

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    Beside the Duomo stands the elegant, square Campanile (bell tower), designed by Giotto in 1334 but not completed until 22 years after his death. Most of the original sculptures and reliefs are preserved in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
    Although at 84.7 metres the Camoanile is not as high as BBrunelleschi;s Dome, it nevertheless affords spectacular views of the Florence rooftops from its summet.

    The Campanile does not have a lift - it has 414 steps instead!

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    Climb Me!

    by sue_stone Written Nov 22, 2004

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    The Campanile (bell tower) is located next to the Duomo and is also made from the same pink, white and green marble.

    It is 82 metres high and work commenced on it back in the mid 1300's.

    For around 6 euros you can climb the 414 steps to the top, for fabulous views across the city and the neighboring Duomo.

    Best to climb after a quick espresso - you will need the caffeine to help propel you to the top - those stairs are a killer!!

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    Climbing Campanile

    by jono84 Written Aug 17, 2004

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    The view from the top of Campanile

    The Campanile is a great alternative to climbing the dome of the Duomo, if like me, you didn't fancy waiting in the 3hour plus queue to get inside.

    The Campanile stands beside the Duomo at 85m tall, which is just 6m shorter than the dome of the Duomo, and the views from the top are just as good. Entry tickets are also cheaper.

    The Campanile, designed by Giotto in 1334, was completed in 1359 (22years after his death), and remains the second tallest building in Florence.

    There are several stages on the way up, in which you can take a breather from the climb, and each offers stunning panoramic views of the city, as well as views of the floors above and below through large grid sections.

    It is open 8.30am - 7.30pm daily.

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    To the top

    by Half_Full Written Aug 9, 2004

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    From the top of the Duomo

    Do not leave Florence before you climb to the top of the Duomo! On our recent trip my family of five included my 79 year old mother. She trained for this trip by walking every day, and was up to 1.5 miles a day by the time we left. Anyway she figured that she would try the climb of 400+ steps thinking that if she couldn't make it she could always rest and then go back down. See the picture from the top (looking down on the Campanile).
    P.S. Mom still talks about the great view from the top of the Duomo.

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