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Florence: Baptistery Renovation Site and Cathedral Tour

1. Florence: Baptistery Renovation Site and Cathedral Tour

Enjoy exclusive access to the Florence Baptistery renovation site with your tour guides and marvel at the breathtaking mosaics of the octagonal dome from a short distance. Then, explore the Florence Cathedral on a guided tour with skip-the-line tickets. Meet your guides at Piazza San Giovanni and admire the iconic marble facades and orange roofs of Florence's Duomo Complex. Begin your tour at the Florence Baptistry, which is currently being renovated. Once inside, gaze up at the octagonal dome adorned with golden mosaics dating back to 1225. Hear about this impressive structure and its place in Florentine history before putting on your helmet and following your guides up to the construction site. View the intricate mosaics from a short distance and witness pivotal biblical scenes unfold across the ceiling, including The Last Judgement. Then, continue to the Florence Cathedral and marvel at the breathtaking detail of its famous exterior. Bypass the busy crowds with skip-the-line tickets and step inside this gothic marvel and jewel of the Florentine skyline. See the vaulted ceiling stretch out above you as you begin your guided tour. Learn more about the cathedral's construction over the centuries as your guides show you the exquisite pieces of art within. Hear about the notable figures who played a role in shaping the cathedral into what it is today, from Filippo Brunelleschi to Giotto. Located in the heart of the old city, the UNESCO-listed Florence Cathedral and Baptistry epitomize Florentine heritage from medieval origins to the High Renaissance. Marvel at the Baptistry ceiling from an exclusive vantage point and wander through the ornate halls of the magnificent Cathedral.

Florence: Entry to Brunelleschi's Dome and Cathedral Complex

2. Florence: Entry to Brunelleschi's Dome and Cathedral Complex

Enjoy a facilitated 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, if you do have a backpack, use the free luggage storage because they are not allowed to visit. Second, enter the Dome and climb 463 steps to reach the top. Marvel at the egg-shaped architecture of the Dome, which was the largest structure in the world at its time. While visiting the Dome’s interior, enjoy an 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: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour

3. 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: Duomo Area Tour and Brunelleschi's Dome Climb

4. Florence: Duomo Area Tour and Brunelleschi's Dome Climb

Meet your professional guide and learn about the magnificent religious center in an informative 40-minute-guided tour to learn about the history of all Florentine religious buildings in the Piazza del Duomo area. Baptistery, Cathedral and Giotto's Belltower will be revealed in their immense worth for the local community, as real symbols of civic pride. Your guide will also give all possible instructions on how to best use your ticket, which is valid for all attractions on the Piazza del Duomo, including the sensational Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. Then, last but not least, you will be accompanied to the admission door for climbing on your own the superb Brunelleschi's dome, to enjoy the splendid vision of Florence skyline, from its highest viewpoint in town.

Florence: Reserved Entrance Ticket to the Medici Chapel

5. Florence: Reserved Entrance Ticket to the Medici Chapel

Travel back to the days of the Medici family on a self-guided tour of the Medici Chapel in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence. Enter the chapels, built as a mausoleum for the Medici family, and discover treasures such as the 16th-century New Sacristy ("Sagrestia Nuova"). Part of the vast San Lorenzo Basilica complex, the chapels were richly decorated to serve as the last resting place for members of one of the most important and powerful families of the Florentine Renaissance from the mid-15th century onwards. Admire the genius of Michelangelo’s craftsmanship at the New Sacristy. Designed for the tombs of Lorenzo and Giuliano de' Medici, its mix of architecture and sculpture is considered one of the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.

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. 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: Santa Maria Novella Entry Ticket & Audioguide

7. Florence: Santa Maria Novella Entry Ticket & Audioguide

The complex of Santa Maria Novella dates from the early decades of the 13th century, following the settlement in Florence of the first Dominican friars. It gradually expanded in size and importance during the following centuries. Your 1-hour visit to the Basilica and Cloisters of Santa Maria Novella will be enhanced with a multimedia guide in the form of a 7-inch tablet that provides fascinating audio-video narration with images in high definition and spectacular 3D re-creations. Learn about an important chapter in the history of Florence and discover the works of the greatest artists of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, including Giotto, Masaccio, Filippo Brunelleschi, Paolo Uccello, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Filippino Lippi.

Florence: Santa Monaca Church Italian Opera Concert Ticket

8. Florence: Santa Monaca Church Italian Opera Concert Ticket

Witness the magic of Italian opera at a live concert in Florence. Listen to the majestic works of Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Bellini, and Mascagni, performed by professional singers. Enjoy the unmatchable acoustics of Santa Monaca Church, built in the year 1400. Step into this beautiful ancient church for a trip back in time. Become fully immersed in Italian culture and enjoy the magic of live opera in an intimate setting. Take in the beautiful voices of professional performers, accompanied by a grand piano. Located in the historic center, walking to the church will surely provide a romantic experience on its own. Turn your night in Florence into a date night to remember by taking part in an ancient Italian tradition. Sit back during intermission and sip on a glass of wine at your own expense.

Florence: Entrance Ticket to Santa Croce Basilica Complex

9. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Santa Croce Basilica Complex

Get skip-the-line tickets to the monumental ancient complex of Santa Croce, founded by the Franciscans in the early 13th century and perfectly preserved to this day. Admire famous works of art and be inspired by this unique complex, where art, tradition, and spirituality are all intertwined. Marvel at the masterpieces of inestimable value that, over the centuries, have made Santa Croce a unique place and an unmissable destination from the time of the 'Grand Tour' up until today. Discover works by Cimabue, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello Bronzino, Vasari, and Canova. Be inspired by the monumental tombs the greatest historical figures in Italy including Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Galileo, Alfieri, Rossini, and Foscolo. Enter the Pazzi Chapel, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, one of the most famous architects of the Renaissance period. Walk through the ancient cenacle and experience the atmosphere of the Franciscan convent whilst crossing through the cloisters.

Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore Tickets with Dome Climb

10. 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.

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The experience was just as described, and very good. Several people turned up late and didn't understand the nature of the tour, causing a delay but our guide was very professional with them and later thanked the rest of us for our patience. The frescoes inside were explained very well, and we had a good amount of time up on the cupola terrace. I found I could not always hear the sound through the earpiece as we climbed up and down the staircase but that may have been due to the stone structure.

Stefono was an amazing tour guide: great knowledge of the area, just the right amount of wit, and he cared about us having a good experience! We also had a local guide in Sienna, who was amazing in her own right. The lunch was absolutely delicious with a variety of wines, good food, and a great view! The whole day was a whirlwind and left you ready for a nap on the drive back to Florence, but it was a fantastic experience well worth the price!

Very interesting tour with a very knowledgeable guide (Victoria I think). It was well worth paying to be fast tracked to the front of the queue. Our guide was friendly and happy to answer all questions and you can stay in the Duomo after the tour for as long as you want, so we were able to go back and look at things again, feeling that we had a little bit of knowledge about them.

The tour was terrific. Jemma was really fascinating and she helped a lot to understand in depth the magnitude of Duomo and its architecture as well as the whole history behind it.

What a great exhibition of the art of the Florentine mosaic - the individual cutting of the marble to make intricate images, and displayed in a grand fashion.