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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: Cathedral & Brunelleschi's Dome Ticket & Audio App

1. Florence: Cathedral & Brunelleschi's Dome Ticket & Audio App

Embark on an enriching three-day journey through Florence with our exclusive pass, granting access to the marvels of Brunelleschi's Dome, the ornate Baptistery, the majestic Cathedral, the Opera del Duomo Museum, and the iconic Giotto Bell Tower. Immerse yourself in the city's rich history, art, and architectural wonders as you explore these renowned landmarks, each offering a unique glimpse into Florence's cultural legacy and artistic mastery. Visitors can immerse themselves in the breathtaking views from the top of Brunelleschi's Dome and delve into the historical significance, all complemented by our audioguide crafted by passionate art historians. The day before your visit you'll receive a WhatsApp message with a reminder for the meeting point and the instructions to download our included Mobile Audio Application on your devices; don't forget to charge your phone and bring your earphones. On the day of the visit of the Brunelleschi's Dome, before the climb, if you do have a backpack, use the free luggage storage because you are not allowed inside with small or large bags. For the unforgettable climb to Brunelleschi's Dome, we kindly request visitors to adhere to their scheduled time and day as per their reservation to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience. However, with the convenience of our three-day pass, the rest of the captivating complex—including the Baptistery, Cathedral, Opera del Duomo Museum, and Giotto Bell Tower—awaits exploration at your leisure within the 72-hour window, allowing for flexibility and ample time to savor each magnificent site. During your visit, please note that the Baptistery is undergoing restoration of its vault mosaics, providing an opportunity for visitors to witness the renowned Italian art of renovation, and showcasing the country's famous and fascinating restoration work.

Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour

2. Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour

Learn about Florence's history while exploring the Duomo. Meet your knowledgeable guide on this guided tour of one of Florence's most iconic sites. Explore the beautiful and historic Duomo, while hearing fascinating stories of Florence and the Cathedral from your licensed guide. Headsets are provided so you can admire the works at your own pace while enjoying your guides commentary. Go back in time to when Florence was ruled by the Medici Family, one of the most powerful and wealthiest in Italy's history. Enter the Cathedral, see the indoor decoration, and find out how the Cupola was created by Filippo Brunelleschi. Admire the incredible fresco by Giorgio Vasari, The Last Judgment. Experience the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, considered one of the most important in the world. See why the Duomo complex is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore Tickets with Dome Climb

3. Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore Tickets with Dome Climb

Discover the beauty of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral during an exclusive adventure. Admire the 13th-century gothic church, a pearl of Florentine architecture and which now is considered the 4th biggest church in Europe. Enjoy unforgettable views and incredible stories of the 2nd largest Duomo in Italy. Walk up the historic 463 steps and marvel at the beautiful city of Florence from an entirely different perspective. See famous frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari. Walk around the Santa Reparata Crypt and learn about the cathedral's history in the Museum of the Duomo. Climb at your own pace to the very top of the largest dome in the world built by Brunelleschi. Rest at the top, and take in one of the most amazing views of Florence. In the interior, marvel at the 16th-century frescos painted by Vasari and Zuccari.

Florence: Duomo Entry Ticket with Brunelleschi's Dome

4. Florence: Duomo Entry Ticket with Brunelleschi's Dome

Step inside Brunelleschi's dome, one of the most iconic landmarks in Florence with an entrance ticket. Ascend to the dome’s lantern and see the panoramic view of the pretty red rooftops of the historic center before a tour of the complex. As you gaze outwards, you may catch glimpses of the picturesque River Arno, the Tuscan hills, and more. After visiting the dome, continue towards the Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery, and other areas. You will be amazed to see the grandeur of Florence Cathedral. Admire the vibrant colors with intricate details of The Last Judgment, a giant fresco painted by Zuccari and Vasari. You will also witness the the three original doors of the baptistery including the Gate of Paradise made by Ghiberti. Spend time exploring the magnificent architectural masterpiece in the heart of Florence. 

Florence: Cathedral Tickets with Brunelleschi's Dome Pass

5. Florence: Cathedral Tickets with Brunelleschi's Dome Pass

Explore Florence's Cathedral with an entry pass to this iconic landmark. Visit the top of the Dome, the Baptistry, the Crypt, Giotto's Bell Tower, and the Opera del Duomo Museum. 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. NB. The time slot that you select it is only for the Cupola climbing, you can start visiting the other museums included starting from the morning of the day selected for the climbing. Plese do note that on Sunday the opening time is restricted due to religious celebrations. If you have purchased the option with digital audioguide included you need to exchange your voucher at the local partner's office (Slow Tour Tuscany) at Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli 10 black. If you have purchased the option "Ticket only" you will receive your digital entry tickets by whatsapp, text message or/and email the day before and you will be able to go directly to the entrance of the Cupola with NO voucher exchange.

Florence: Cathedral, Duomo Museum, and Baptistery Tour

6. Florence: Cathedral, Duomo Museum, and Baptistery Tour

Visit the key religious monuments at Duomo Square in Florence with pre-reserved tickets on a small group guided tour. Focus on the historical and cultural significance of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and its complementary structures explained by an expert local guide. Start your tour at Duomo Square. Learn about the iconic Cathedral and its construction through the centuries and how it came to be the center of Florence’s religious life. Benefit from your guide’s knowledge to understand its relationship with the rest of the magnificent buildings in the square. Enter the Cathedral of Florence from a separate line for small groups. See it as an artistic wonder for its size and its amazing marble decorations. Enjoy the beauty of priceless treasures of Gothic and Renaissance art. Get priority admission to the octagonal Baptistery of St. John, best known for its ceiling decorated with golden mosaics and its gleaming bronze doors, called the Gates of Paradise. Gaze at the relief work on the detailed panels. Learn how these are not the original bronze doors and that the authentic East Doors are currently on display in the museum. Continue to the Duomo Museum, where incredible masterpieces like the gates of the Baptistery, Donatello’s sculptures, and the original dome’s wooden scaffoldings are exhibited. You could spend hours wandering through the displays, but your guide will focus on highlights such as Michelangelo’s Pietà and other magnificent works of art. Choose to climb Giotto's Bell Tower ( optional ) at the end of the guided tour, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture that stands tall beside the Cathedral. Climb the tower on your own at your reserved time and marvel at the panoramic views of Florence from the top. As you ascend the tower, take in the intricate details of the tower's construction, including its intricate sculptures and colorful marble exterior.

Florence: Duomo Complex Tour with Giotto Tower Ticket

7. Florence: Duomo Complex Tour with Giotto Tower Ticket

Join a guided tour of Florence's Duomo Square and explore the Giotto Bell Tower. Marvel at the panoramic views of the city. Meet your guide and save precious time as you walk through the largest square of Florence where Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral is located. Discover the golden age of Florence as you explore the city's most important landmark and the fourth-largest church in the world. Then, hear about some of the most remarkable Gothic and Renaissance masters that helped create the Florence Cathedral. Learn about the oldest and most venerated building in Florence, the Baptistery of St. John. Marvel at the stunning golden mosaics covering the internal dome and apses of the Baptistery.

Florence: Cathedral Express Guided Tour with Priority Entry

8. Florence: Cathedral Express Guided Tour with Priority Entry

Skip the long lines to one of the most popular attractions in Florence and save precious time on an express guided tour of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Once inside the amazing monument - also known as the Florence Duomo - marvel at the vaulted ceilings, intricate stained-glass windows and beautiful frescos. Hear the fascinating story of the building's creation from a dedicated guide, from its origins as a 7th-century church to the impressive 89,000 square foot cathedral that stands in its place today. Learn about the new engineering technique created by Filippo Brunelleschi to build the dome. See a stunning fresco of The Last Judgement by Vasari in the cupola. Then, get the option to stay and explore at leisure or continue out to Piazza del Duomo to admire the marbled exterior.

Florence: Duomo Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

9. Florence: Duomo Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Enjoy this informative guided tour exploring the Florentine religious center by walking around all buildings of the vast Piazza del Duomo: Baptistery, Belltower, Cathedral and culminating in the visit of the interior of the Florentine Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, one of the largest churches in the world, with its impressive stone pillars, stained glass windows and its sensational dome and its frescoes. On this skip-the-line tour, walk "behind the ropes," a restricted area along the left lateral aisle, taking you to stand right by the high altar with the huge Brunelleschi's dome and its amazing frescoes above your head—a truly special and unmissable experience when in Florence.

Florence: Guided Walking Tour

10. Florence: Guided Walking Tour

Begin your tour by visiting the most important buildings in the heart of Florence. See the Duomo, the Baptistery of Saint John, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo,  which is a museum containing many of the original works of art created for the Cathedral of Florence, and Giotto’s Bell Tower which stands adjacent to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore. Then, move towards Piazza della Signoria where you can admire the sculpture of David by Michelangelo, placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic's defiance of the tyrannical Medici. Next, visit Ponte Vecchio Bridge, the most famous bridge in Florence and undoubtedly one of the city’s most illustrious landmarks. Throughout the tour, your professional guide will show you hidden places that most people don’t notice while walking in the city. With a perfect mix of information, covering history, and curiosities about the Medici and the Renaissance, you will understand the essence of this beautiful city.

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Stefano was an INCREDIBLE guide!!! He made us feel welcome and went above and beyond exceptional service. He was extremely knowledgeable of the history of the city and every stop we made. He was always willing to stop to snap pictures, grab souvenirs, and food and even made a few suggestions for great foods and places to try. Even though it was a little rainy he came prepared with ponchos and blankets and even had no problem waiting while we finished up another tour that went long before meeting up with him. I would recommend him to anyone who visits Florence.

Stefano was very kind and knowledgeable about all florence details. He didn't hesitate to share with us the history of every inch of the city. The ride was good, we could visit the important places only in one hour, he made us confy and for cold stefano though about bringing blankets because of that day was cold 😍,and also took us very beautiful pictures.

although the tour was in English, the guide Vittoria was very kind in giving us explanations in Italian too!

Pateizia was an amazing guide, funny and accomodating as well as informative!

The dome was incredible experience but staff weren’t very nice inside .