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Duomo Florence Guided Tour with Dome Access

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Visit one of the greatest churches in the world, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Climb up to the dome of the Cathedral, an incredible engineering feat overseen by the great Filippo Bruneschelli, and catch gorgeous views of the city from the Cupola of the cathedral.

Highlights

  • Catch stunning sights of the city of Florence from your incredible vantage point on top of the dome.
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the cathedral with a professional guide.
  • Get access to the top of the dome with your guide climbing along with you.
  • Witness the intricately detailed interior of the dome, a masterpiece in its own right.
  • Descend from the top and have all the time to explore the Cathedral on your own.
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Why You Shouldn’t Miss This

The Santa Maria del Fiore is a Gothic-style church and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was designed by the Italian architect Arnolfo di Cambio at the end of the 13th century, while the dome was built by the renowned engineer and architect Filippo Bruneschelli. The dome was octagonal, and could not have any external buttress to prevent it from collapsing inside. It had to be made of brick since it was lighter than stone and would be easier to morph the required shape.

The genius of Bruneschelli was the key to the construction of the dome, and he constructed a brick and wood model to demonstrate the plausibility of his proposal. By using catenary arches, he was able to bypass the problem and provide the necessary support. The biggest brick dome in the world was then built on top of the cathedral. Bruneschelli’s brilliance and talent was the force behind the construction of this architectural marvel. Witnessing it in person is a breathtaking experience, and is something that must not be missed by anyone visiting Florence.

The interior of the Dome is also a lavish work of art, and the representation of The Last Judgment is seen on the inside. It was a massive undertaking and nearly 40,000 square feet of surface needed to be painted. Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari took almost 11 years to complete the masterpiece, and it is considered their most exceptional work of art.

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Your Experience

The interiors of the Cathedral are relatively bare, especially compared to the other great churches of Italy. You can see a large number of stained glass windows, depicting saints from the New and Old Testament. As you gaze upwards, you can see the incredible golden mosaic of the inside of the dome. Several intricate pairings can be seen in the glittering mosaic. To reach the cupola, you will have to climb 463 steps. As you ascend the staircase, you will catch a sight of The Last Judgment, a set of stunning frescoes painted by the prominent artists Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari.

Nearly 100 meters from ground level, the cupola grants you magnificent views of the Piazza del Duomo. The beauty of this historic city, with a backdrop of rolling hills and greenery, will guarantee one of the best experiences of your life.

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Inclusions

  • Skip the line entry to the cathedral
  • Access to the top of the Dome
  • Services of a Professional Guide
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Exclusions

  • Access to the Terraces
  • Transfers
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Know Before You Go

Tour Timings

May to October

The tour is available at 11.30 PM and 12.30 PM on every day of the week except the first Sunday of the month. The tour lasts one hour.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

These tickets cannot be cancelled, amended or refunded.

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My Tickets

How To Use Your Tickets
You will receive an email confirmation with your Guided Tour of Duomo Complex ticket voucher instantly. No need to print. Just show the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point. Please gather at the meeting point 15 minutes before the commencement of tour.

Meeting Point
Via Martelli 33 R

How to Get There
By Bus: Get down at stop Via de Pucci using bus nos. 14, 23 or C1. Walk south along Via de Martelli to reach the meeting point.

Validity
The ticket is valid for the same day and time of the scheduled visit.

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Where?

Via de' Martelli, 33, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy, Firenze

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