Climbing Giotto’s Bell Tower Florence | Italy

Climbing Giotto’s Bell Tower Florence | Italy


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.

Climbing Giotto’s Bell Tower Florence

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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.

 Ultimate Guide to Climbing Giotto’s Bell Tower

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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.

Photography Tips

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.



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  • Reply
    November 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I’m scared if heights so idk if I would try this but I think it’s sooo cool that you did it.

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    Krystle Cook
    November 18, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Italy is definitely on my travel bucket list. This view looks absolutely amazing.

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    November 18, 2017 at 3:40 am

    The view from the tops looks so beautiful! I have just came back from a month spent around Florence but I didn’t climb the tower. I need to go back and do it.

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    November 18, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Oh wow I would love to visit there! The view is so beautiful and gorgeous. I would love to see the bell tower!

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    Ron Leyba
    November 18, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Breathtaking. Would love to visit the place too soon!

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    Hey Sharonoox
    November 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Beautifully captured photos! I really like the view. It’s so gorgeous! Makes me want to visit someday. Thanks for sharing!

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    Kelly Hutchinson
    November 17, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    OMGoodness!!! I would LOVE to climb the Giottos Bell Tower in Florence! We learned about it in history class and I fell in love with it immediately. Our teacher had been and showed slides of her trip. It was breathtaking.

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    November 17, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I would love to travel and visit there one day, it looks like such an incredible place!

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    Stephanie Jnote
    November 17, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Wow! The bell tower looks beautiful. Would like to visit it inside just to see what it is like.

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    Aduke Schulist
    November 17, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Ha! I didn’t even know you could do such a thing. I now have another item to add to my bucket list.

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    Becky Willis
    November 16, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Your pictures are just amazingly beautiful. I have never been there so it was nice to be able to read about your travel time and see your great pictures.

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    November 16, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Wow, that is an amazing adventure for sure. The photos are breath-taking.

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    November 16, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I don’t have words that is just so beautiful, what incredible views, your photos are seriously amazing!1

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    Liz Stephenson
    November 16, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    omg… making me want to go back!! such a gorgeous view

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    Alicia Taylor
    November 16, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Wow! I can see why climbing this made your bucket list! What a great view of the city. I am glad that you got a second opportunity to make it happen.

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    Crystal Carder
    November 16, 2017 at 9:54 am

    What a beautiful bell tower. I love seeing old buildings like this and I bet it was quite breathtaking to see.

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    Simply, Apostolia
    November 16, 2017 at 4:16 am

    The view from there is just majestic! I love visiting tall buildings when I travel cause I can take the best pictures from there and see the whole city! Florence is really amazing though, and I already have it on my bucket list!

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    Blair villanueva
    November 16, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Its a gorgeous bell tower, and the view is breathtaking.
    You capture a perfect moment!

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