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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: Dome Climb, Museum and Baptistry Small-Group Tour

3. 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 to 15 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: Baptistery, Duomo Museum, Cathedral, & Bell Tower

4. Florence: Baptistery, Duomo Museum, Cathedral, & Bell Tower

Visit Florence's religious center on a guided tour inside the Baptistery, Cathedral (Duomo), and the Opera del Duomo Museum. Enjoy a comprehensive guided visit to the interior of Florence Cathedral, one of the largest and most important churches in the world. Construction began in 1296 and ended only in 1436, with the creation of the magnificent dome by Filippo Brunelleschi.  See the Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, built in the Florentine Romanesque style. Then visit the Opera del Duomo Museum, a site that collects original masterpieces from the Duomo Complex. Among the most important works on display are the original Gates of Paradise by Ghiberti, and Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini. The museum also houses one of the largest collections of Donatello's work in the world. Finally, climb the three-storied Giotto's Belltower and admire the city skyline dominated by Brunelleschi's immense dome. (Climbing of Giotto's belltower is reserved at 12:45pm for participants to our morning tour and at 6:00pm for participants to our afternoon tour).

Florence: Iconic Landmarks and Hills E-Bike Tour

5. Florence: Iconic Landmarks and Hills E-Bike Tour

Embark on an exhilarating e-bike tour through the captivating city of Florence and the picturesque hills that surround it. This unforgettable adventure allows you to explore the timeless beauty of Florence's historic center while also venturing into the scenic countryside. Your journey begins in the heart of Florence, where you'll meet your knowledgeable guide and get acquainted with your electric bike—a convenient mode of transportation that effortlessly assists you in pedaling. As you set off, you'll be immersed in the enchanting atmosphere of Florence's winding streets and vibrant squares, passing iconic landmarks such as the awe-inspiring Duomo, the magnificent Palazzo Vecchio, and the elegant Ponte Vecchio. Leaving the bustling city behind, you'll gradually ascend into the rolling hills that provide a captivating backdrop to Florence. The electric assistance of your bike ensures a comfortable ride as you navigate the gentle slopes and admire the breathtaking panoramas. Along the way, you'll encounter charming Tuscan villages nestled amidst the vineyards and olive groves that characterize the region. Continuing your journey, you'll explore hidden gems, such as ancient castles and quaint chapels tucked away in the hills. Your guide will regale you with captivating stories and historical insights, painting a vivid picture of the region's rich heritage. As the tour draws to a close, you'll return to Florence with a newfound appreciation for its captivating beauty and the idyllic countryside that surrounds it. This e-bike adventure offers an ideal blend of culture, nature, and relaxation—a perfect way to discover the true essence of Florence and the charm of its surrounding hills.

Florence: Guided City Tour by Rickshaw

6. Florence: Guided City Tour by Rickshaw

Visit Florence in the most relaxing way possible, aboard a comfortable rickshaw that transports you throughout the historic center. The driver is a licensed local tour guide who will explain all the history of the city to you. You will be able to photograph Florence from the best angles and from the best views that you will have during the tour. We can pick you up at any place in the historic center you prefer to start the tour. You will see all the main tourist attractions in Florence: *Cathredal Area, where you can admire the wonderfull Duomo of Florence, with Baptistery in front, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Museum of Duomo and the amazing Brunelleschi Dome. *San Firenze Square, where you can the evolution of the architecture in the history, expressed by Bargello Museum, Gondi Palace and Complex of San Filippo Neri *Borgo dei Greci, the district of leather, with the possibility to stop and enter in shops if you wish * Santa Croce Square, where you can admire to wonderfull Santa Croce Church, one of the most important churches in Italy *Medieval Area, where you can observe how was the life in the medieval time. You can find inside this area Dante's house and Dante's church *Signoria Square, the most important area of the town center, where you can find Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery *Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge of Florence, with the amazing Vasarian Corridor to the top. We will pass parallel to the river to have the best pictures of the views *Tornabuoni Street, the most fashioned street of Florence, where you can see all the most important brands, with Palazzo Strozzi in the middle, a wonderfull historical palace *Santa Maria Novella, an amazing square where you can admire Santa Maria Novella, considered the third most important church of the city * Repubblic Square, in the same time, the oldest and the modern centre of Florence

Florence: Skip-the-Line Accademia & Brunelleschi Dome Climb

7. Florence: Skip-the-Line Accademia & Brunelleschi Dome Climb

Explore the Accademia with a Skip the line entry to see the breath-taking grandeur of Michelangelo’s "David”, enjoy the spectacular view of the entire city by climbing to the top of Florence Brunelleschi’s Dome and admire the fascinating artworks in the Opera Museum and Baptistery , including a Pietà by Michelangelo and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise This exclusive unique tour that combines the two main highlights of Florence will leave you astonished by the art by Michelangelo’s, and make you fall in love with Florence once you see the landscape from the Cupola rooftop. Stand in awe over these Renaissance historic treasures at one of Florence’s most popular museums on this guided tour of the Accademia Gallery. Take a tour of the gallery to encounter its outstanding Michelangelo’s original ‘David’ sculpture; scout among the works by artists like Giambologna and Botticelli. In the next stop, get priority admission and discover the octagonal Baptistery of Saint John, one of the ancient buildings in Florence, built in the Florentine Romanesque style. You will be able to admire its golden mosaics decorated on the ceiling, its exquisite marble floorings and the lavish Zodiac, rich in mysteries and meaning. Witness the detailed work on the panels. Learn how these are not the original gleaming bronze doors, but the authentic East Doors are currently on display in the museum, called the Gates of Paradise. Take the opportunity to admire the important works of art that reside in the Opera Museum, a site that collects hidden gems from the Duomo Complex. Skip the lines to climb the 463 steps to the top of Florence’s Dome at your own pace: marvel at the impressive view over the entire city and the Tuscan Hills, only a limited number of people per day is allowed! Finally, explore by yourself the whole Duomo Complex (Duomo Cathedral, Giotto Tower and the Baptistery) with your 72-hour valid ticket. Before parting ways with your guide, you will receive the tickets to admire the world-famous Brunelleschi’s Dome, the entrance is set at 12 pm! Enter and start climbing the 463 steps to the top of the dome, at your own pace. On your way up, you will have the opportunity to observe the magnificent “Last Judgement” fresco by Giorgio Vasari that decorates the walls of the Cupola very closely, while once on top you'll remain speechless while admiring the incomparable panoramic views over Florence; the Cupola is the highest point in the city centre, you will even see the Tuscan Hills… Don’t miss this opportunity, only a limited number of people per day can climb to the Dome! And… don't forget to bring your camera! Eager to see more? Feel free to use your 72-hour valid ticket to explore the other parts of the wonderful Duomo monumental complex, such as Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore!

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pickup

8. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pickup

Depart from Rome to the Northern province of Tuscany for a full-day tour to the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, crossing the green valley of the Tiber River to the slopes of the Apennines, passing the vineyards of Chianti before your arrival in Pisa. See “Piazza dei Miracoli” with its famous Leaning Tower and visit the Baptistery and the “Duomo”, all in shining white marble. At 12:00 PM depart toward Florence, the legendary city of artists and architects from the 14th to 17th centuries. Stop for lunch. At 02:30 PM meet with your professional guide for a walking tour of Florence. Once in the city center, you can breathe the atmosphere of medieval streets and craftsmen’s workshops and see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli, including Michelangelo’s David at the “Accademia”. See the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its beautiful dome projected by Brunelleschi and admire the Baptistery as well as Giotto’s Bell Tower. The tour ends with a breathtaking view from “Piazzale Michelangelo”, a superb panoramic view of the Tuscan capital, including “Ponte Vecchio”, Arno River and the “Duomo”. Then, back to Rome.

Florence: Full-Day Trip by High-Speed Train from Rome

9. Florence: Full-Day Trip by High-Speed Train from Rome

Experience the beauty of Florence, the capital city of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Renaissance, in less than two hours by high-speed train from Rome. We will pick you up from your hotel and accompany you to Roma Termini railway station, where our travel assistant will check you in and board the train with you. Upon arrival in Florence, our local guide will meet you in Piazza del Duomo and take you on a walking tour of the city, including the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza Signoria. Then, enjoy access to the famous Galleria degli Uffizi and admire the masterpieces of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, and more, as our local guide unveils the secrets and stories behind these priceless works of art. After the tour, you will have plenty of free time to explore the city at your leisure and enjoy lunch or a snack (not included in the price) at a nice restaurant or bar. Finally, we will meet at a designated time, head to the train station, and travel back to Rome in the late afternoon. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich history and art of Florence with us.

From Rome: Florence Small-Group Trip

10. From Rome: Florence Small-Group Trip

Begin your full-day Florence adventure at Termini Station in Rome. Meet the local partner’s coordinator and receive your business class tickets for the high-speed train to Florence. With these tickets, enjoy comfortable reclinable seats, free Wi-fi, a welcome drink and snack, and access to the Bistro Car. The high-speed rail is fast and efficient, and you’ll arrive in Florence in no time. Once in Florence, meet your local expert guide at Piazza della Signora. Marvel at this beautiful square, an open-air museum with notable statues. From here, go directly to the Uffizi Gallery, just a skip and a hop away. The Uffizi Gallery houses 45 rooms of artwork spanning 8,000 square meters of space. After entering the museum, enjoy a comprehensive tour in a group of no more than 6 people. See master works by some of the greatest Renaissance artists, such as Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Michelangelo. Learn about the political and social power of the Medici family who once owned this art as their private collection. Take a lunch break after your Uffizi tour before rejoining your guide for a comprehensive walking tour through this beautiful city. See the Ponte Vecchio, il Porcellino, the famous Brunelleschi Dome, the Baptistry, and last but not least, enjoy exclusive access to admire the incredible David by Michelangelo. At the end of the day, hop back on the train to Rome.

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This is a 6 or less persons group tour and my family of 4 we had the whole van to ourselves. Giovanni our driver was a very skillful driver and despite the fact we had an early start 6:40 am, he was very attentive and a safe driver throughout. Joseph was our tour coordinator and collected tickets to the cathedral at pisa and art gallery in Florence, kept things moving smooth and on schedule. Thanks to Joseph, We had a really good lunch in Florence, one of the best meals in our entire trip in Italy. We met with the other Giovanni, our tour guide in Florence, very knowledgeable and an awesome tour guide. After an hour or so of the walking tour of Florence, we skipped the line for the art gallery and Giovanni gave us a quick highlight inside the art gallery esp Michael Angelo’s David which by itself makes the whole trip so worth it. Just to reaffirm, the tour inside the art gallery is limited to a short highlight and do not expect a tour of the entire gallery.

Beautiful! Exhausting climb but great experience! Much harder than climbing St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. You can’t go in until your assigned time. The person handing you your tickets wears a bright yellow vest and is seated at the back of the church, where you enter to climb the dome. Was a little hard to find her at first but once we found her it was easy to get out tickets from her. Tickets are valid for multiple days and cover multiple attractions. If you decide to do everything in the tickets, it should take you at least half the day.

We had an excellent tour with Lucia (sorry if I am misspelling her name) with a Florence Pass. She was super knowledgeable and friendly and was very patient with my dad’s many questions. The Duomo Museum pass is good for 48 hours, so you can come back! Also, at the start of the tour, they asked if we wanted to climb the bell tower ( included in the price), and if not, would refund those folks 10 Euros, so it’s an honest company. Highly recommend!

This is a really good way to book tickets in Florence. Its clear, easy and flexible. Its really helpful to have the calendar and the option to cancel, instructions for what to do when you get to the different places, along with maps and directions is really helpful. There is a lot to see in Florence, and this make it very easy to manage.

It was excellent! Very knowledgeable guides and fun filled tour.