July 23, 2010, Newsletter Issue #40: Giotto's Bell Tower

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Giotto's Bell Tower is a Gothic bell tower, or Campanile, that was designed by Giotto and built around 1334 A.D. The tower is made of multicolored marble and is located in Cathedral square in Florence. The bell tower sits right next to the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore and in front of the Baptistery of St. John.

One of the main draws of this Florence attraction is the breathtaking view of the city as well as the nearby cathedral that you can see form the top of the tower. To get to the top of the tower you have to go up 414 steps, so it may not be the most comfortable trip for the elderly, families will smaller children, or those who can't easily walk up that many steps. The view of the city from the tower however is well worth the exercise. On each level of the tower you can also experience a variety of Gothic art. The lower level features panels depicting the history of mankind from Genesis, and the higher levels have a variety of statues and decoration reminiscent of Giotto's time.

Giotto's Bell Tower is open daily from 8:30-7:30. Admission is usually six euros for adults.

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