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

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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: Baptistery, Duomo, and Brunelleschi's Dome Tour

5. 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: Duomo Cathedral Guided Walking Tour

6. Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Walking Tour

Get the most out of your visit to the Duomo Cathedral of Florence on this expertly guided walking tour. Discover the beauty of the church with in-depth explanations. Begin your exploration by meeting your tour assistant at the meeting point. After a rapid check-in, enter the church and meet your guide. In 45 minutes, get to know the historical facts and information about the church and its frescoes while getting access to parts of the building which are restricted to other visitors.

Florence: Cathedral Guided Tour & Tickets to 4 Attractions

7. Florence: Cathedral Guided Tour & Tickets to 4 Attractions

Learn the secrets of the Cathedral of Florence on a guided tour. Admire the fantastic architecture of Brunelleschi's Dome. Get tickets to explore Giotto's Clock Tower, the Baptistery, Museo dell' opera del Duomo, and the St. Reparata Church. Meet your guide in the Cathedral Square at the heart of Florence's Old Town and begin your guided walking tour of the Cathedral. Hear anecdotes and stories behind the construction of the Cathedral. View the stunning masterpieces preserved inside the Cathedral. Get access to the magnificent Dome created by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 1420s. Have the option to climb up the 463 steps and reach the top of this architectural masterpiece. At the top of the dome, gaze out at spectacular views of the Florentine skyline. Venture to see other attractions from your combined ticket on your own. Take in the 14th century Gothic architecture in Giotto’s Clocktower and the facinating octagonal shape of the Baptistery. Go beneath the city as you visit the crypt which holds the former cathedral at the St. Reparata Church. Marvel at work's by Renaissance masters at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. See pieces like Michelangelo's 'Florentine Pieta' and Donatello's 'Penitent Magdalene."

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

8. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

Depart from Rome to the Northern province of Tuscany for a full-day tour to the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, crossing the green valley of the Tiber River to the slopes of the Apennines, passing the vineyards of Chianti before your arrival in Pisa. See “Piazza dei Miracoli” with its famous Leaning Tower and visit the Baptistery and the “Duomo”, all in shining white marble. At 12:00 PM depart toward Florence, the legendary city of artists and architects from the 14th to 17th centuries. Stop for lunch. At 02:30 PM meet with your professional guide for a walking tour of Florence. Once in the city center, you can breathe the atmosphere of medieval streets and craftsmen’s workshops and see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli, including Michelangelo’s David at the “Accademia”. See the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its beautiful dome projected by Brunelleschi and admire the Baptistery as well as Giotto’s Bell Tower. The tour ends with a breathtaking view from “Piazzale Michelangelo”, a superb panoramic view of the Tuscan capital, including “Ponte Vecchio”, Arno River and the “Duomo”. Then, back to Rome.

Florence: Accademia, Uffizi, and Duomo Guided Tour

9. Florence: Accademia, Uffizi, and Duomo Guided Tour

Admire the must-see art masterpieces of all time held in the greatest museums of the city along with treasures kept inside one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. Your guide will lead you first to the Accademia Gallery for total immersion in the art of Michelangelo. See his most renowned work “David”, and other important pieces such as ''I Prigioni'', ''San Matteo'', and “Palestrina Pietà”. Then, follow your guide inside the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous art galleries in the world. Here you can admire numerous works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio, and many others. Among the precious exhibition halls of the Gallery, you can see the most renowned works by Botticelli, "Primavera" and "Birth of Venus". Finally, after a break, you will reach Duomo square ready to admire the interior of the Cathedral. Once inside the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, you will be immediately struck by the elegance of the spaces of the three naves. Enjoy the beauty of the splendid marble choir of Bandinelli, the complexities of the stained-glass windows by Donatello, Ghiberti, and Andrea del Castagno, and the clock by Paolo Uccello. You will be also surprised to be able to walk on a marvelous, tile mural-like “carpet” of polychrome marbles. Then, looking up, witness the immense precious interior of the Dome entirely frescoed by Vasari. Brunelleschi's famous Dome is the largest ever built in masonry fashion and the incomparable icon of Renaissance architecture.

Florence: Duomo Complex Private Tour without Climbing

10. Florence: Duomo Complex Private Tour without Climbing

Come and explore the entire complex of the Dome of Florence on a private guided tour. Learn the history of the Dome and Duomo Complex, visiting the Opera del Duomo Museum, Baptistery and the Crypt of Santa Reparata. Without Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower climbs, this tour will be much more interesting and less strenuous. Through this private tour, you will be able to admire the Opera del Duomo Museum, which inside it contains the original doors of the Baptistery (including the door of paradise/golden door), the original statues of the Cathedral and the Bell Tower, such as Michelangelo's Pietà and Donatello's Maddalena. After the visit to the museum, you will visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni, one of the oldest buildings in Florence that still exists. Consecrated in 1059, it was dedicated to San Giovanni Battista, patron saint of Florence. Many Florentines were baptized there, including Dante Alighieri, the most famous Italian poet and father of the Italian language. The dome and apse of the Baptistery are decorated with splendid religious mosaics with a golden background. At the end of the tour you will be able to visit on your own the Crypt of Santa Reparata and the Cathedral, skipping the long lines.

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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.

Amazing experience! The storytelling by Claudio was exciting and it gave us the feeling of being part of the history of Florence. Recommend it wholeheartedly!

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

Very nice experience, it was worth going up to the dome of the Church, wonderful views that can be seen Florence

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