Climbing Giotto’s Bell Tower had long been on my bucket list. I had seen all the gorgeous views of Florence with the Duomo in the background and knew I had to see the view for myself. So when I found myself studying aboard Florence I was certain that I would climb it.The thing is when you move to another country and really make it your home you find yourself putting things off. “Oh, I’ll get to it eventually.” “I have plenty of time to do that another day.”
So my time studying abroad in Florence came and went and I never got to climbing Giotto’s Bell Tower.
When I returned back to Florence in September I knew I had to tackle a few of those things I never got to actually do the first time around. I made climbing Giotto’s Bell Tower my first priority. Waking up early is never my strong suit but I got up early with Priscilla and we headed to Santa Maria del Fiore.
Luckily our Airbnb was two blocks away so we got straight to climbing.
Having climbed a good amount of churches and monuments I was slightly dreading the 414 steps. Yet as I was climbing and once I reached the top I can honestly say it wasn’t that bad. Every 100 or so steps there is a level where you can relax and take in the view.
Being as I love photography I took this time to snap photos of the Duomo from a wide variety of angles.
The hardest part was the last level the stairs get narrower and you sometimes have to squeeze with oncoming traffic. I say all types and ages of people doing the climb and I would say it is something most would love. Ultimately the view at the top did not disappoint. It was the most spectacular view of the Duomo and one of my favorite views of Florence.
More Tips & the Ultimate Guide to Climbing Giotto’s Bell Tower Below
Make sure to get your ticket in advance. It is 15 Euros and you get access to all the Santa Marie Dei Fiore monuments including the Duomo. Becuase this is so popular I would purchase your tickets up a week before if you are also wanting to visit the Duomo which has specific time slots.
Giotto’s Bell Tower is open from 8:15 am to 7 pm. We arrived at around 8:45 and we walked right in no hour-long lines. We would highly suggest getting there as it opens. Not just so you don’t wait in line but also because there will be less people climbing. Another option is to go later at around closing so you can watch the sunset.
You are going to want to bring your camera for this view. Unfortunately, they will have a wire fence across all windows so getting that perfect shot will be a bit more difficult. Keep your eyes peeled for those tiny peep-holes that make great shots though.
Also at the very top, I found a spot in the fence that was raised enough that I could fit my camera underneath. When facing the Duomo it is along a corner, and while I would NEVER break property I am totally cool with taking advantage of certain loopholes.
Hi, I’m Jay. A twenty-something-year-old living in New York. There’s not all that much to say about me other than; I love to eat, drink and travel. I’ve lived in some incredible cities from Paris to New York to Florence, and along the way, I’ve crossed off a ton on my bucket list. I hope we inspire you to go out there and see for yourself, just how beautiful life can be.