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Guided Tour of Florence Cathedral with Optional Dome Climb

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Experience the heart of Florence’s historic center – the Baptistery and the Opera del Duomo Museum – with a licensed guide and skip-the-line access.

Highlights

  • Visit the magnificent Duomo Complex with skip-the-line tickets and marvel at its rich history from the local expert on the 1.5-2.5 hour guided tour.

  • Explore the Baptistery and Cathedral and witness the intricate bronze doors, soaring arches, and sacred silence.

  • Delve into the secrets of craftmanship and admire original sculptures and exquisite religious artifacts at the Duomo's Museum.

  • Immerse yourself in a collection of masterpieces created by Brunelleschi, Giotto, Donatello, and Jacopo Della Quercia.

  • Fun Fact: The top of the Cathedral's Dome has a unique feature known as the Whispering Gallery, known for its fun acoustic phenomenon.

Inclusions

  • 1.5-hour guided tour of Duomo Complex

  • Entry to Baptistery

  • Entry to Cathedral

  • Entry to Duomo's Museum

  • Licensed guide

  • Headsets (for a group of 8 guests)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from United States, Spain, Mexico and over 21 countries have loved this experience
Laura pagano

Laura

4/5

Jan, 2024

The experience did not immediately get off to the best start because upon reaching the meeting point with the guide we found out that the cathedral would not be open during our visit so a bit annoyed we pointed out to the agency that we had booked and paid for a tour that also included the inside of the cathedral. At that point they reorganized and offered us a visit to the cathedral museum and a climb to Giotto's bell tower while rescheduling for another time the tour inside the cathedral that also included a visit to the baptistery. In short, from an apparent initial disservice the experience turned into a complete and comprehensive tour of the entire cathedral complex. Kudos also go to our guide. Professional and very knowledgeable. Thank you
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Catia Picariello

Catia

4/5

Dec, 2023

The guide was very knowledgeable. He told some very interesting anecdotes. Definitely an experience to do. The place also was very beautiful. Worth doing again.
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Jana Forbriger

Jana

5/5

Nov, 2023

We were greeted in front of the Cathedral by a very kind young lady, who left us in the hands of the gentleman guide.
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ALBERTO RAMOS ARROYO

Alberto

4/5

Nov, 2023

We liked the tour very much. The only thing I would remove in the title of the experience is the optional climb to the dome, because at least we were confused, we thought we had it included and that we could go up at the end of the tour.
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Adam Stanton

Adam

5/5

Oct, 2023

It was great to get the historical details from our guide of what we were seeing. It truly created a wonderful story that we won't forget. Thanks.

Learn More about Florentine History on this Duomo Complex Tour

The Duomo square offers a stunning view, especially at the end of the day when the sun's rays illuminate the polychrome marble of the buildings that form the religious complex. In fact, the chromatic homogeneity (green, white and red) beautifully harmonizes a stylistic variety. The differences in style can be understood by viewing the construction work that’s been in motion for about four centuries now. From the middle of the 11th century – when the work on the Baptistery started – until the middle of the 15th century when the dome of the Duomo was completed by Filippo Brunelleschi, its imposing size dominates the entire square.

Begin your tour to the religious centre of Florence starts with the Baptistery. With your licensed guide, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the stunning interior Byzantine mosaics of the vault while viewing the exteriors of the masterpiece by Lorenzo Ghiberti – the east door of the Baptistery commonly called 'the Gate of Paradise'. The final part of the tour will take you to the Museum of Opera del Duomo where you’ll be able to appreciate up-close the incredibly artistic work of the religious complex including ‘La Pietà’ by Michelangelo amongst many others.

Important Information

  • Headphones are provided for a group of 8 guests.

  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility.

  • It's recommended to cover shoulders and knees as the tour includes visiting places of worship, along with comfortable walking shoes.

Restrictions

  • Strict Dress Code: Bare-shoulder and sheath dresses, drawstring and tank tops are not permitted. Necklines that are too obvious must be avoided. Shorts and skirts that end above the knee are not allowed.

  • Note that the following are not allowed on this tour: tripod, flash photography, backpacks.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.
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