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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.

Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

4. 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: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

5. 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.

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: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

7. Florence: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Explore the most popular attractions in Florence on this guided walking tour. Learn about the rich history and culture behind famous works like the Florence Cathedral and its famous dome and take in the city's charm as you stroll the picturesque streets. Begin at Florence's most notable bridge, Ponte Vecchio. Hear the story behind this ancient bridge from your expert guide and find out why it's truly one-of-a-kind. Discover the architectural details behind Brunelleschi’s Dome of Florence Cathedral, and see for yourself why this original edifice is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to other key monuments such as the Church of Orsanmichele, Santa Croce, and Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza Della Signoria, as your guide explains to you the history behind each landmark.

Florence: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

8. Florence: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

Explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence’s Duomo, considered one of the most important and gorgeous buildings in the world, on this guided tour. Start the tour by learning the fascinating stories of Florence and the cathedral from your licensed guide. Go inside and explore the interior decoration, learn how the Cupola was created, and admire the incredible fresco of Giorgio Vasari, the Last Judgment. After this, go inside the Baptistery, the holy place, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, where Dante Alighieri, the Medici Family, and other nobles and famous people were baptized. Following the guided tour, be led to the Cupola entrance, where you’ll be able to climb to the top at your own pace and admire The Last Judgment, the famous fresco by Giorgio Vasari. Once at the top, discover the breathtaking 360-degree panorama, from where you can see all of Florence.

Florence: Baptistery, Duomo, and Brunelleschi's Dome Tour

9. Florence: Baptistery, Duomo, and Brunelleschi's Dome Tour

Discover the Santa Maria del Fiore, the Brunelleschi Dome, and the St John's Baptistery on this tour with a local guide. Enjoy the convenience of skip-the-line tickets to some of Florence's most popular landmarks featuring panoramic views of the whole city from atop the Brunelleschi Dome. Save your precious time by skipping the long line of Duomo and dive into the simpally magical atmosphere that will take you back in times of the Golden Age of Florence. Explore the crypt of Santa Reparata church, the rests of which were carefully conserved by OPA organization that takes care of all monuments in Duomo Complex. Learn about the work of some of the most remarkable gothic and renaissance masters that contributed in making Duomo of Florence a one of kind monument. Reveal the known secrets behind the constraction of the Largest Dome in the world by the father of Renaissance himself, "The matematician of beauty" Filippo Brunelleschi. Admire the timeless charm of Last Judgement frescos by Vasari & Zuccari. Visit the oldest monument of Florence, the Saint John's Baptistery. Admire the stunning XIII century mosaics on Baptistery's dome, representing the Last Judgement which was unsurprisingly the inspiration for Dante's Divine Comedy. After your exploration you will have the opportunity to climbe on your own pace the 463 steps leading to the highest point of Florence, the very top of Brunelleschi's Dome. Pass between the double dome while admiring the finest architectural masterpiece built in XV century. Reach the Lantern of the Dome and enjoy 360° views of the Birthplace of Renaissance. NOTE: Brunelleschi Ticket Package is valid for 72h so after your tour you have also the possibility to visit on your own: - Baptistery of Saint John - Giotto's Bell Tower - Museum of the Cathedral (Opera del Duomo)

Florence: Florence Cathedral & Brunelleschi's Dome City Tour

10. Florence: Florence Cathedral & Brunelleschi's Dome City Tour

The Cupola of Florence or Brunelleschi’s Dome is one of the most impressive architectural structures ever built – and still to this day. There are many things to explore inside and out of the Florence Duomo but luckily with this guided tour you save a lot of time and you will learn a lot about the Renaissance. Discover the great works of art inside of the Florence Cathedral Museum such as Michelangelo’s ‘The Deposition’, Donatello’s ‘Penitent Magdalene’ and the ‘cantorias’ or singing galleries. Also known as Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and the Opera del Duomo (OPA). Pay a visit to the Baptistery of St. John. Its exterior facade is geometrically patterned in colored marble, featuring a few famous statues by Andrea Sansovino is one of the oldest buildlings in the city of Firenze, constructed in the Florentine Romanesque style between 1059 and 1128. This impressive structure is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are three sets of bronze doors of the Florence Baptistery – the south doors were designed by Andrea Pisano and the north and east doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti, one so close to perfection it was nicknamed the ‘Gates of Paradise’ by Michelangelo. And because you’ll save on time and not have to wait on long lines, you’ll have more of it to admire each and every detail.

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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.

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