While I was in Florence a few years ago we only had a few days to see as much as possible. To see the most of the city we tried to find the best viewpoint. We decided to climb to the top of Giotto's Bell Tower right beside the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore. We were not disappointed with the view from the top. It was breathtaking. The staircase going up was very skinny, which meant people had to wait for people going the opposite direction. We went early after it opened so we only had to wait for a couple people coming down. Like everything in tourist-heavy cities, you have to pay to go up, but it was definitely worth it.
The tower itself stands 84.7 meters (277.9 ft) high. There are seven bells inside the tower ranging from 75 cm in diameter to 2 metres in diameter. Construction was started on July 19, 1334, and it was completed in 1359. There are 414 steps to climb to get to the top.
Here are some photos from inside the bell tower and from on top!
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