Florence Baptistery

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Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore Tickets with Dome Climb

1. 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.

From Florence: Duomo, and Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

2. From Florence: Duomo, and Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

See 3 of the most important attractions in Florence on a guided tour of the Florence Cathedral, the Giotto bell-tower, and Brunelleschi's Dome. Skip the ticket line and marvel at the panoramic views of the city. Meet your guide and save precious time as you walk past the long line to enter the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Discover the golden age of Florence as you explore the city's most important landmark and the fourth-largest church in the world. Explore the Crypt of Santa Reparata, the remains of the old cathedral located beneath Santa Maria del Fiore. Then, learn about the work of 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. Finally, take the opportunity to climb to the highest point in Florence, walking up the 463 steps that lead to the very top of Brunelleschi's Dome. Pass between the double dome while admiring the finest architectural masterpiece built in the 15th century. Your effort will be rewarded when you reach the lantern of the dome, where you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the city of Florence.

From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

3. From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and taste Chianti wines on a full-day trip from Florence. Visit Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena, and savor a traditional Tuscan lunch.  First, head to Pisa to marvel at the Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa Baptistery, Pisa Cathedral, and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue to a wine villa in the Chianti countryside. Enjoy a tour of the estate and learn about its history in the medieval chapel before your first tasting of Chianti Classico on the panoramic terrace. Next, relish a typical lunch accompanied by two of the estate's products, a "Riserva" and an IGP wine. After lunch, relax a while in the villa's luscious gardens before going to the medieval town of San Gimignano.  Then, follow the scenic roads to Siena for a tour of the city's monuments and piazzas. Visit Piazza del Campo — the site of the Palio di Siena horse race — and admire the cathedral's exterior in Piazza del Duomo. After some free time, return to Florence.

Florence Cathedral: Priority Entrance Tour

4. Florence Cathedral: Priority Entrance Tour

Skip the long ticket lines and enter the Cathedral quickly and painlessly. Cross the threshold and be greeted by the 3 naves of the church, as well as its stunning interior. Marvel at the light pouring through the stained glass windows, colorfully illuminating the cathedral's interior. Take a journey back in time as your local guide details the history of the Duomo. Learn about its progression from a small 7th-century church to the third-largest cathedral in the world. The dome remains the largest brick dome ever constructed and the cathedral complex itself was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear how Brunelleschi developed innovative techniques in order to build the iconic Duomo, and be amazed at Zuccari and Vasari's massive fresco depicting the Last Judgement. Once your guided tour is over, you can stay inside the Cathedral for as long as you like.

Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour

5. 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: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

6. Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Explore Florence's Cathedral with an entry pass to this iconic landmark. Visit the top of the Dome, and the Baptistry, Crypt, Bell Tower, and the Opera del Duomo Museum. Collect your entry ticket at the agency near the Ponte Vecchio or ask to receive a digitalized entry ticket and the audioguide on your phone. 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.

Florence: Dome Climb, Museum and Baptistry Small-Group Tour

7. Florence: Dome Climb, Museum and Baptistry Small-Group Tour

Join in on this exciting adventure discovering the Duomo, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral complex. Your expert local guide will share with you the stories, legends, and secrets behind this incredible architectural monument. The tour then culminates with an extraordinary view from atop one of the largest Domes in the world. As you climb up the famous 463 steps, enjoy stunning views of the Cathedral interior and 16th-century frescoes. The small group setting of 12 people or less allows for the guides to provide you with a more personalized tour that will allow you to better understand Florence. Learn more and get the most out of your experience in a small group. 

Florence Cathedral and The Opera del Duomo Museum: Tour with Brunelleschi's Dome

8. Florence Cathedral and The Opera del Duomo Museum: Tour with Brunelleschi's Dome

Begin your tour in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, in the religious heart of Florence. Learn about the Baptistery of Saint John, as you see it from the outside, with its famous "Gates of Paradise". Head inside the cathedral to admire the mosaic decorations and see the Crypt of Santa Reparata. Visit the Opera del Duomo Museum, home to spectacular works of art including the original Gates of Paradise, Donatello's Maria Maddalena, and Michelangelo's Pieta. After the guided portion of the tour, climb 463 steps to Brunelleschi's Dome, to enjoy the best views over the city of Florence.

Florence: Cathedral, Duomo Museum, and Baptistery Tour

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

Visit the key religious monuments at Duomo Square with pre-reserved tickets in Florence. 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 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. Visit the imposing Cathedral of Florence dominating the skyline. 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 known as the Gates of Paradise. Join other tourists in gazing at the relief work on the detailed panels and no doubt be surprised to learn that these are not the original bronze doors – 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. The last stop is Giotto's Bell Tower that you can enjoy at your own leisure. Please remember your Giotto Pass is valid for 72 hours.

Florence: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

10. Florence: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

Explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence’s Duomo, considered one of the most important and gorgeous buildings in the world, on this guided tour. Start the tour by learning the fascinating stories of Florence and the cathedral from your licensed guide. Go inside and explore the interior decoration, learn how the Cupola was created, and admire the incredible fresco of Giorgio Vasari, the Last Judgment. After this, go inside the Baptistery, the holy place, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, where Dante Alighieri, the Medici Family, and other nobles and famous people were baptized. Following the guided tour, be led to the Cupola entrance, where you’ll be able to climb to the top at your own pace and admire The Last Judgment, the famous fresco by Giorgio Vasari. Once at the top, discover the breathtaking 360-degree panorama, from where you can see all of Florence.

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Increíble experience, our guide was very smart and knew a lot , she was making sure at all times that we were understanding and learning, she was passionate about teaching what she knows , a local that was very fluent in Spanish with all the terms it was truly impressive, I am bad at names so I can’t remember her name . I recommend to do this early in the morning as it gets very packed with people later on . I did climed all the way to the top of the Dome , for this make sure you eat and drink water you must be physically fit and be able to be in close up area with humidity and not much air , it was incredible to be up there but I am glad my mom didn’t go because ones you get in there is no way back you will have people behind you , I must say it was a hard climb .

This was a great excursion! Given the time we had, we were as able to site see on our own and have a nice lunch! The guide was friendly and helpful with precise information on how to get to the points of interest, and even gave us phone # should we need it. It was nice to visit Pisa. Bus ride was comfortable

Dome is spectacular would have been better with a guide in the Museum. Very hard to climb both tower and dome in the same day.

Excellent. Claudio has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the church, the artists and their works.

Very very very good guide. Good exercise. Fascinating