Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

See frescoes and stained-glass windows galore, plus top views of Florence from the Duomo’s cupola.

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Florence: Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome with Panoramic Views

1. Florence: Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome with Panoramic Views

Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 15th century, the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore is an architecture and engineering masterpiece. This Dome is one of the biggest in Europe but thanks to Brunelleschi's ingenuity is also the first one to be built without wooden base. Just be carefull when you climbing up in a certain point you will come across Vasari's Last Judgement fresco, also be aware that those steps are 463 all worthed to be done. Once you have reached the top of the Dome, get ready for a stunning view of Florence

Florence: Entry Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome

2. 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.

Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

3. Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

Experience the history of Florence through learning about the contributions of the infamous Medici family while seeing their influence on the city first-hand. Visit the Medici Chapel and see the gorgeous mosaic work. Listen as your expert guide takes you on a tour of the past, and hear how money and power drove an intense rivalry between the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici families. Discover the the secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes your through a the old streets and squares. Stroll through the traces left by the most extraordinary members of the Medici dynasty. Enter the Medici Chapel where most of the remaining remnants of the family found their last shelter. See the sparkling semi-precious stones in the Florentine mosaic Commesso Fiorentino.

Florence: Baptistery, Duomo, and Brunelleschi's Dome Tour

4. 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: Entry to Accademia, Uffizi & Brunelleschi’s Dome

5. Florence: Entry to Accademia, Uffizi & Brunelleschi’s Dome

Embark on a journey through art history with a visit to the Accademia Gallery, the Uffizi Gallery, and Brunelleschi’s Dome, three must-see attractions in Florence. Take in works by Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli, then visit the most important piece of Renaissance architecture in the city. Move through the three attractions as you wish and in your own time, without the stress of a tour group or a guide. Spend as much time as you like at each, and gain a deeper appreciation for the cultural and historical heritage of Florence. Begin your self-guided tour by picking up guides from the local representative, which will allow you to learn all about the impressive artworks on display. Enter the Accademia Gallery and get the lowdown on masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more. Marvel at the expansive collection of Renaissance artwork at the Uffizi Gallery by the likes of Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Take in world-renowned masterpieces such as Fra Angelico’s “Coronation of the Virgin”, Caravaggio’s “Medusa”, and Botticelli's “Birth of Venus”. Explore the wonders of Brunelleschi's Dome, a symbol of Florence and of the Renaissance itself. Admire Zuccari and Giorgio Vasari's frescoes, and enjoy views over Florence at the summit. Finish with a visit to the Baptistery, the Opera del Duomo Museum, and the Crypt of Santa Reparata.

Florence: Dan Brown's Inferno 2-Hour Walking Tour

6. Florence: Dan Brown's Inferno 2-Hour Walking Tour

On this 2-hour guided walking tour you’ll follow in the footsteps of Robert Langdon, the main protagonist in Inferno, Dan Brown’s latest best-selling novel. Set on the streets and in the districts of Florence, this is an authentic and original program that takes you to locations that are intimately associated with the book. Your guide will reveal the secrets of the Inferno by telling you about the mysteries of Dante, the Florence Cathedral, the Gates of Paradise, the undiscovered sites of Pallazzo della Signoria and other monuments on the route through Florence. The story will unfold as your guide takes you to the medieval squares and along the streets of this atmospheric Renaissance city.

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."

Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

8. Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

Hop on an electronic golf cart and discover the history of Florence in an entertaining, relaxing, and eco-friendly way. After meeting your driver, head to Ponte Vecchio and follow the Ponte Santa Trinita to reach 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. Here, admire the architectural style of the Basilica of Santa Croce, the National Library and the back of the Cathedral with the famous Brunelleschi's Dome. Next, 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 facade. Finally, arrive at the Ognissanti district, gaze at the old city walls, and hear interesting facts and stories about Florentine traditions. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your tour and visit the iconic Piazzale Michelangelo.

Florence: 2.5-Hour Night Segway Tour

9. Florence: 2.5-Hour Night Segway Tour

Florence is especially beautiful at night; experience it yourself on this 2.5-hour night Segway tour of Florence. This night Segway tour of Florence features small groups for a personalized experience; the best sights in Florence. From the Florence Segway office, you will travel to the historic Republic Square, the impressive Signoria Square, the 15th century Strozzi Palace, and the famous Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the main cathedral in Florence. You will stop at a number of other landmarks along the way.

Florence: Ticket to Giotto's Bell Tower

10. Florence: Ticket to Giotto's Bell Tower

Designed by Italian painter and architect Giotto, the Campanile is a stunning example of Florentine Gothic architecture. The free-standing structure comprised of polychrome marble encrustations and buttresses with a style and colors matching the nearby Florence Cathedral. It took about 25 years to build it and the construction began in 1334 and was completed in 1359 with two breaks from the work in between 1348 and 1350. There are seven bells in Giotto’s Bell Tower or (Giotto’s Campanile) and the exterior facade comprised of hexagonal panels depicts the history of mankind from Genesis with four Pisano statues in the niches. And the panoramic view from the top is one of the most picturesque in Florence. Climb up 398 steps to reach the top of the bell tower and take in spectacular views of the city.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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The Duomo is so beautiful and is an amazing piece of history to learn about the building of it and many years it took to get the top of the dome built. The artwork is just breathtaking and our tour guide did a great job explaining it all to us.

Our Guide was Rosa and it was a fantastic experience. In addition to being knowledgeable about the history of her city, she is a very kind and friendly person. We highly recommend Rosa's company.

What an amazing experience!! Getting our tickets was so easy once we found the meeting location. This is a must do when in Florence, and Get Your Guide made it so easy!

Our guide was fantastic! She was very informative. It was great to hear the history behind the beautiful cathedral.

This tour is enough. Guide tells you a lot. Manuella is the best!