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Florence: Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome with Panoramic Views

1. Florence: Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome with Panoramic Views

Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 15th century, the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore is an architecture and engineering masterpiece. This Dome is one of the biggest in Europe but thanks to Brunelleschi's ingenuity is also the first one to be built without wooden base. Just be carefull when you climbing up in a certain point you will come across Vasari's Last Judgement fresco, also be aware that those steps are 463 all worthed to be done. Once you have reached the top of the Dome, get ready for a stunning view of Florence

Florence: Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, & Bell Tower

2. Florence: Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, & Bell Tower

Visit Florence's religious center on a guided tour inside the Baptistery, Cathedral (Duomo), and the Opera del Duomo Museum. Enjoy a comprehensive guided visit to the interior of Florence Cathedral, one of the largest and most important churches in the world. Construction began in 1296 and ended only in 1436, with the creation of the magnificent dome by Filippo Brunelleschi.  See the Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, built in the Florentine Romanesque style. Then visit the Opera del Duomo Museum, a site that collects original masterpieces from the Duomo Complex. Among the most important works on display are the original Gates of Paradise by Ghiberti, and Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini. The museum also houses one of the largest collections of Donatello's work in the world. Finally, climb the three-storied Giotto's Belltower and admire the city skyline dominated by Brunelleschi's immense dome.

Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

3. Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Explore Florence's Cathedral with an entry pass to this iconic landmark. Visit the top of the Dome, and the Baptistry, Crypt, Bell Tower, and the Opera del Duomo Museum. Collect your entry ticket at the agency near the Ponte Vecchio or ask to receive a digitalized entry ticket and the audioguide on your phone. Enjoy your self-guided tour of the Cupola and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Once you've arrived at the top feel as if you are taking a skywalk above the city. Marvel at the stunning views of the Tuscan countryside and Florence city center including Fiesole, the Chianti area, the central market, Santa Croce Church, the Synagogue, San Lorenzo Church, Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, and more. You can also discover the fascinating interiors of the Cathedral, including the Baptistry and Crypt. Learn more about these treasured historic features of the Cathedral with your audio guide.

Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

4. Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

Cruise by iconic sights in Florence on an eco-friendly electric golf cart tour. Roll past sights like Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, and Brunelleschi's Dome. Listen to an audio guide as you go. Choose from 1-hour tour or a 1.5-hour tour that goes to Piazzale Michelangelo. Hop on an electronic golf cart head to Ponte Vecchio and cross the Ponte Santa Trinita Renaissance bridge over the Arno to the Oltrarno area, where you can admire the majestic Palazzo Pitti. Pass under the Vasari Coridor on your way back to the city center. Marvel at the architectural style of the Basilica of Santa Croce, the National Library and the back of the Cathedral with the famous Brunelleschi Dome. See one of the oldest hospitals in the world and the headquarters of the Medici family. Discover the legend of "Berta" and glide past the central train station. Continue towards the Santa Maria Novella with its impressive Renaissance façade.  Arrive at the Ognissanti district, gaze at the old city walls, and hear interesting facts and stories about Florentine traditions.

Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

5. Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

Experience the history of Florence through learning about the contributions of the infamous Medici family while seeing their influence on the city first-hand. Visit the Medici Chapel and see the gorgeous mosaic work. Listen as your expert guide takes you on a tour of the past, and hear how money and power drove an intense rivalry between the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici families. Discover the secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes you through the old streets and squares. Stroll through the traces left by the most extraordinary members of the Medici dynasty. Enter the Medici Chapel where most of the remaining remnants of the family found their last shelter. See the sparkling semi-precious stones in the Florentine mosaic Commesso Fiorentino.

Florence: Entry Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome

6. Florence: Entry Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome

Enjoy reserved entrance to Brunelleschi's Dome, part of Florence's Cathedral, with this ticket. Meet the local assistant at the meeting point, present your voucher, and receive your tickets to begin your experience. First, enter the Dome and climb 463 steps to reach the top. Please note that the way is narrow, there is no elevator, and the climb is not recommended for people suffering from heart problems, vertigo, or claustrophobia. Marvel at the egg-shaped architecture of the Dome, which was the largest such structure in the world in its time. On your visit to the Dome’s interior, you’ll have the opportunity to see the many frescoes and stained-glass windows. Admire Zuccari and Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment, and enjoy a beautiful panorama over Florence and its surroundings from the summit.

Florence: Skip-the-Line Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

7. Florence: Skip-the-Line Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

As you climb to the top of the dome your guide will tell you all about its construction and Brunelleschi’s design which won him the honour of overseeing the project, the last step in the building of the cathedral. Let your guide captivate you as you admire the beautiful views over Florence. After your tour, your ticket will get you into the museum dedicated to the cathedral and its works, St John’s Baptistery, Giotto’s Campanile, and the crypt, where you can see the remains of Roman houses, the previous church built on the site and Brunelleschi’s tomb.

From La Spezia: Florence & Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

8. From La Spezia: Florence & Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" and the beautiful miracle square at your own pace with a round-trip transfer service from La Spezia Port. Your journey will be in a comfortable GT coach with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, driven by a multilingual assistant for your convenience. You'll receive a free map of Florence and Pisa, as well as receive an emergency number so that everything goes smoothly. Your first destination will be Florence - you'll be dropped off at the Piazzale Montelungo next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station. Then, enjoy approximately 3.5 hours to explore the sites that interest you the most at your own pace. At 2:30 PM, you'll leave Florence and travel to Pisa where you'll have at least 70 minutes to visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy's most famous monuments. Then, the bus leaves Pisa to come back to La Spezia. With this transfer service, focus on enjoying these two beautiful cities instead of worrying about transportation.

Florence: Uffizi, Brunelleschi's Dome & Optional Accademia

9. Florence: Uffizi, Brunelleschi's Dome & Optional Accademia

Make your way to the meeting point to pick up your tickets from the local representative. Download the app that will double up as your audio guide throughout the day. You'll then head to your first stop of the day, the Uffizi Gallery, which is one of the most famous art galleries in Italy. It was designed and built by the famous architect and painter Giorgio Vasari, Cosimo I de' Medici's favorite artist.  With your entrance ticket, you'll avoid wasting hours in ticket queues and be able to conserve your energy to fully enjoy the masterpieces that await you. The audio guide app will accompany you during the visit to the museum. See works of art by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, among many others.  At 2.15 PM you'll visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. This was the largest church in the world at the time of its construction in the fifteenth century. You’ll be enchanted by the sophistication of the marble facade, and the majestic dome that dominates it, designed by Brunelleschi. If you have chosen the option that includes it, the Accademia Gallery will be your last stop of the day at 4.30 PM. This gallery is the second most visited museum in Florence. It is home to Michelangelo's David, a true international symbol of the city and masterpiece of the Renaissance.

Florence: Dan Brown's Inferno 2-Hour Walking Tour

10. Florence: Dan Brown's Inferno 2-Hour Walking Tour

On this 2-hour guided walking tour you’ll follow in the footsteps of Robert Langdon, the main protagonist in Inferno, Dan Brown’s latest best-selling novel. Set on the streets and in the districts of Florence, this is an authentic and original program that takes you to locations that are intimately associated with the book. Your guide will reveal the secrets of the Inferno by telling you about the mysteries of Dante, the Florence Cathedral, the Gates of Paradise, the undiscovered sites of Pallazzo della Signoria and other monuments on the route through Florence. The story will unfold as your guide takes you to the medieval squares and along the streets of this atmospheric Renaissance city.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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One of the best tours we ever had! Our guide was very knowledgeable and you could tell she is really into this topic. She answered all our questions and definitely overdelivered. We got way more than what we expected.

Martina was a great guide who kept everyone together despite the 38-degree heat. The tour was fast paced but very enjoyable and we managed to see the highlights as well as travel to Pisa. Highly recommended.

Educational and entertaining. The driver/guide was highly informed and very friendly. The highlight was viewing the city from the higher hills.

Great guide Aldo, funny without trying, gave us a great tour of the city. Really enjoyed it.

Includes more interesting activities such as the Baptistery and the opera museum