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Homeland to Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, main city of Italian Renaissance, Florence has always been a best place for best ideas and best minds. This city has always been rushing for being the best and it shows up in everything: scales and scrupulousness of architecture, richness and pretentiousness of interiors, extravagance and craziness about fashion. That is why it has always been worthy visiting and watching: palaces and cathedrals, museums and even houses setting ancient streets off. Florence has been built, improved and decorated by the best Italian masters of all styles and arts. And, what is more, it saved itself as an indivisible cultural unit.
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, located in the heart of Florence, was built in the distinctive style of the Quattrocento in white and green marble. Presenting the art of Florentine artists, famous throughout the world, the structure of the cathedral appeared light and airy. Its décor looks so delicate and fragile that it seems as if the building is constructed of fragile porcelain.
    
Entry to this magnificent monument of architecture is free of charge since the cathedral is functioning, having regular services. The official website includes the schedule of masses http://www.duomofirenze.it/attivita/liturgical.htm. They are free to attend, but one should take care of the appropriate appearance, in particular, women are advised to have knee length skirts and cover shoulders.

You will need to buy tickets to visit the museum, the Baptistery, and to climb the observation deck of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It offers a stunning view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. To get to the observation deck on the dome, however, the magnificent view is definitely worth the effort.

The interior of the cathedral has retained the entourage of the Early Renaissance and it surely is worth all of the visitors’ attention. For more than 500 years, the time here moves its own way, because of its unusual clock ticking: the clock’s hand moves in the opposite direction.
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