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

1. 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.

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Florence Cathedral: Tour with Cathedral Terraces and Brunelleschi's Dome

2. Florence Cathedral: Tour with Cathedral Terraces and Brunelleschi's Dome

Explore the marvels of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence with an expert guide. Learn about the cathedral's construction and artworks, and admire breathtaking views over the city from Brunelleschi's Dome. Begin with a guided visit of the interiors of the magnificent Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Avoid wasting time waiting in the ticket line and enter the Duomo accompanied by a licensed guide. After your quick entry, discover the superb works of art preserved inside the cathedral.  Then, enjoy the chance to go to one of the cathedral's exclusive terraces, where you can take in the magnificent scenery surrounding you, dominated by the amazing Brunelleschi's Dome. Find out about the techniques Brunelleschi used to create this architectural wonder. Without any additional waiting in line, climb even higher up to the magnificent Dome to enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of Florence.

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Florence: Small Group or Private Tour at the Duomo Complex

3. Florence: Small Group or Private Tour at the Duomo Complex

Visit the magnificent white, pink, and green marble cathedral complex with its famous dome, dedicated to the Santa Maria del Fiore. Discover why this place is considered one of the must-see attractions in Florence on a small group or private walking tour with a local professional guide. This tour is a wonderful way to learn the most important facts about this magnificent Renaissance city as you stroll around plazas, museums, and paved streets while checking out the grandiose buildings that date back to the 13th-century. The trio of buildings within the pleasant historic center of Florence date back to 1296 and are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Learn about local history, facts, and snippets in a curated walk around the Cathedral and climb Brunelleschi's famous dome for unforgettable views of the city.

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Florence Cathedral: Tour with City Walking Tour

4. Florence Cathedral: Tour with City Walking Tour

See for yourself why Florence has become one of the most visited destinations in the world. Admire architectural wonders and famous works of art in the Renaissance city on this guided tour. Begin your tour in Repubblica Square, one of the most elegant squares in Florence. Follow your guide through the most characteristic Florentine streets and alleys to reach the Loggia del Mercato Nuovo. Here, caress the nose of the famous wild boar statue for good luck. Next, head to the Ponte Vecchio, the city's iconic bridge. Discover the most exclusive jewelry stores of Florence and marvel at the bridge's unique structure. Continue to the beating heart of Florence, Signoria Square, a true open-air museum dominated by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. Admire statues such as Perseus by Cellini and the Rat of the Sabine Woman by Giambologna. Finish your tour in San Giovanni Square, home to the wonderful Duomo Cathedral, as well as the Baptistery and Giotto's Bell Tower. Skip the long ticket line and enter the Duomo Cathedral. Take advantage of the company of your expert guide, who will reveal all the secrets behind the art and architecture of this immense structure.

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VIP Private Tour Florence Cathedral Dome & Monuments

5. VIP Private Tour Florence Cathedral Dome & Monuments

Among the world famous artworks attracting the curiosity of international visitors to Florence, the Cathedral and its monuments are not to be missed for anyone who wants to understand Florence. Visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni, in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Crypt of Santa Reparata, the Dome of Brunelleschi, or the Giotto's Bell Tower, depending on the availability of the day. Your guide will begin with a tour of the outside wonders before moving inside to the Baptistery with the famous Gates of Paradise. Then continue with the entrance in the Cathedral, discovering the artistic beauty of the Cathedral, including a visit to the Crypt of Santa Reparata. At the end you will conclude the tour with the climbing to the Campanile di Giotto and Brunelleschi's Dome where you can enjoy the incomparable view of the city of Florence.

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From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

6. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

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.

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Florence: Guided City Bike Tour

7. Florence: Guided City Bike Tour

Explore the heart of Florence on a guided bike tour around the city’s most unforgettable spots. Ride down characteristic streets, through popular squares, and across historic bridges. Learn about the city through commentary from your local guide. The itinerary begins where the Medici family began to wield their power in Florence. See their stately palace and the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Next, pass by the medieval baptistery on your way to Piazza della Republica, the site of the ancient forum where the city’s history began. Then, reach the Arno River stopping to admire the Renaissance architecture. Cross the bridge designed by Michelangelo and get a stunning view of the famous Ponte Vecchio. Continue on to explore the other side of town. Ride through Piazza Santo Spirito and stop to admire the grand Pitti Palace. Ride alongside the Arno to cross back over the river and proceed to Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria. Later, head to Cathedral Square as the tour circles around the landmark site with its incredible dome.

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Florence: Electric Bike Tour with Wine & Local Products

8. Florence: Electric Bike Tour with Wine & Local Products

Cruise comfortably and effortlessly by electric bicycle, admiring the glorious juxtaposition of the rural Tuscan landscape with Florence's urban vibrancy. Cross the region's gorgeous hillside eventually arriving in the picturesque town of Fiesole for an insight into the relaxed, country lifestyle. Continue along peaceful archaic roads to a charming organic farm. Admire the harmonious scenery, Renaissance-era cloister, and even sample some of the produce (not included). Visit the Piazzale Michelangelo, enjoying an unforgettable view overlooking all of Florence. See the magnificent Romanesque basilica of San Miniato al Monte. Before heading back to where the tour started, a small Osteria will delight you with some wine, accompanied by a taste of Florentine food.

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Florence: Private 3-Hour Tour with Uffizi Gallery Visit

9. Florence: Private 3-Hour Tour with Uffizi Gallery Visit

On this private 3-hour tour you will explore the highlights of Florence before entering the Uffizi Gallery with your pre-booked fast-track ticket. To start off the tour you can admire the marvelous Duomo complex with monuments completely covered in polychrome marbles. Explore the Baptistery, Giotto’s Campanile, and Florence Cathedral with the great dome by Brunelleschi. You will proceed on to the imposing and singular stone building of the Church of Orsanmichele in which the wonderful tabernacle of Orcagna, a masterpiece of the Florentine Gothic Art, is located. Then you will reach the lively Mercato della Paglia with the famous "piglet", and discover the spectacular beauty of Piazza della Signoria with the sculptural masterpieces of Loggia dei Lanzi and the imposing Palazzo Vecchio with the crenellated tower of Arnolfo, one of the most famous symbols of the city. The wonderful prospective of the open gallery of Palazzo degli Uffizi opens onto the square, and in this famous museum you can admire countless works of art among which the most loved painting in the world: the beautiful “Birth of Venus” by Botticelli. At the end of the guided tour you can remain in the museum to explore further at your leisure.

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Florence: Inferno Private Walking Tour

10. Florence: Inferno Private Walking Tour

Discover Florence in a mysterious and unusual atmosphere as you retrace the places of Dan Brown's novel Inferno. Learn all about Dante's Inferno, as the movie was inspired by the events narrated in the Divine Comedy, the historic poem by Dante Alighieri. Start the journey with a visit to the wonderful Boboli Gardens. Follow the steps of Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks and picture the different movie scenes. Also, visit Torre di Badia and the Dante Society. Just like in the thriller, explore the Palazzo della Signoria and the Baptistery of Florence to discover the mysteries that lie behind Florentine art.

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Simply book the day before at short notice and receive a message from the guide immediately, really well organized.

Very interesting activity with Chiara, a passionate and fascinating guide who knows her city extremely well!

We had a wonderful time, relaxed and learned about Florence with our pre-teen twins:).

extremely knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. great information on the tour

Small group, friendly guide, lots of information. We liked it very much!