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.
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.
Ornately decorated this is the Duomo's bell tower. It contains reliefs and ornate marble work. The marble is pink, green and white and from the local Tuscan quarries. It stands at about 280ft tall and is shorter than the dome. You can climb a long staircase to a viewing deck on top where you can get stunning views of the city below.
What is it?
Adjacent to the Duomo, the Giotto Tower offers some of the best views of Florence, as well as great close-up photo opportunities for Duomo shots. Be warned though - it's 414 steps to the top! (but totally worth it)
The Duomo (1327) is the fourth largest church in the world. The impressive cupola was created by Brunelleschi. The Duomo and the nearby Campanile (bell tower) can be climbed for magnificent views over the city.
The oldest building in Florence is the Baptistry with its famous bronze doors.
6€ to climb more than 400 steps... You get to the top without breath, sweating (and maybe swearing too... :P), your legs trembling, and then... You're presented with an incredible view over Florence that makes it all worth it!
No more words needed, but I do raccomend to take water (since we forgot and it was terrible) and always remember that it's not an easy climbing before you pay your ticket.
Otherwise as I said the views from either campanile or Duomo provide roughly the same views of this wondrous collection of red-tiled rootops, the effects of which are marred by fog, smog and pollution (the same as the higher perspectives of any modern city).
Giotto spent the last three years of his life designing the Duomo’s “Tuscanized Gothic” campanile, or bell tower, so its often referred to simply as Giotto’s Tower.
The tower is comprised of the same three colors as the cathedrale and is is about 20 feet shorter than the dome. The bas-reliefs decorating its slender exterior are copies of works by Andrea Pisan, Francesco Talenti, Lucca della Robbia, and Arnoldi (the originals are in the Duomo Museum).
Both the Duomo and its campanile offer visitors the chance to see this fabled city from some of its highest perspectives. The views from either differ nowhere, except that the campanile gives you a bird's-eye-view of the Duomo, and vice versa. You decide which climb is better for you. (Hint: take the campanile).
Giotto´s tower next to the duomo is build out of red, green and white marble. It´s 84,70 meters high and you have to climb 414 steps to reach the top. It´s worth the effort, cause you have a wonderful view over the city. We have been here first and got a good orientation from there. If you don´t want to climb all it´s possible to stop inbetween on every floor. And the views are nice from here too.
The "Cupolone" or huge dome remains, with the cathedral bell-tower, known as the "CAMPANILE DI GIOTTO", the most striking feature of any view of the city. Giotto, the famous painter and architect designed the tower, although at his death in 1337 only the lowest part was complete. Work was continued under Andrea Pisano (c. 1290-1349) and Francesco Talenti (active 1325-1369) who completed the structure repeating the decoration of marble relieved by windows.
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore or Il Duomo took 150 years to complete, but luckily the people of Florence had long managed the art of piecemeal contracting and assigned the construction of the Campanile or Bell-Tower to Giotto, who began work on this architectural marvel in 1334. Giotto died in 1337 and his work was finished by Pisano and Talenti, the former carving the bas-relief that features the creation of man and the planets at the base of the Campanile. You can climb to the top of the 84.7 m tower, but be aware that the only way up is the 414 steps - no elevator here!
The Bell Tower was finished after the death of Giotto, the architect of the project.
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.
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.