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

3. 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: Electric Bike Tour with Wine & Local Products

4. 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 & Pisa Full-Day Tour from Rome

5. Florence & Pisa Full-Day Tour from Rome

Explore the Cradle of the Renaissance on a full-day private or group tour of Florence and Pisa, and breathe in the artistic atmosphere of the medieval streets. Drive across beautiful Tuscan hills to reach Florence from Rome, and get a stunning city overview from the lookout at Piazzale Michelangelo. Visit craftsmens’ workshops and Renaissance palaces, where memories of the Medici family are linked with the splendor of renowned artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli. Visit the Academy Museum (Accademia) to see Michelangelo’s magnificent David, before exploring Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, with its beautiful Brunelleschi dome. The Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower complete this astonishing part of the city. Then, walk to the Piazza Della Signoria, considered the heart of Florence. After some free time for lunch, take a short paronamic tour of Piazza Santa Croce, where great artists, such as Michelangelo, are buried. Drive through fertile Tuscan countryside along the Arno Valley to the historic university city of Pisa, renowned for its architectural beauty. Upon arrival, you will take a walking tour of the spectacular and aptly named Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) to see the celebrated Leaning Tower of Pisa, and no less exceptional Baptistery and Duomo.

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From Rome: Day Trip to Florence with Lunch

6. From Rome: Day Trip to Florence with Lunch

Depart Rome and relax on the journey to Florence. Upon arrival, explore the sights at your own pace, and see magnificent monuments from the Renaissance, such as Brunelleschi's majestic dome on top of the Duomo. Walk to Piazza della Signoria to look at the Renaissance sculptures in the popular square. Admire a copy of Michelangelo's “David” in the courtyards of Palazzo della Signoria, and get up close to the marble facades of the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore), Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile in Piazza del Duomo. Stroll along the banks of the River Arno and cross the covered Ponte Vecchio for some of the best views of Florence. Discover superb shopping at leather markets and stores selling Italian and international goods.

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Florence: Dome Self-Guided Tour with Priority Access

7. Florence: Dome Self-Guided Tour with Priority Access

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. Leisurely enjoy your self-guided tour of the Cupola and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Admire the Cathedral's interiors when you walk along the 2 balconies during the climb at 60 meters high. 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. Feel as if you have Florence at your feet.

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Florence: Bell Tower, Baptistery & Duomo Museum Tour

8. Florence: Bell Tower, Baptistery & Duomo Museum Tour

This tour begins at Giotto’s amazing Bell Tower, which is almost as tall as the Dome itself. At the top of the Campanile, your tour guide will tell you about the Opera del Duomo complex. Admire the unbelievable view from the top. Next, descend the tower and explore the Cathedral's beautiful exterior. Make a stop at the Baptistery to see its famous golden vault doors and hear the story behind them. This is where Dante Alighieri, one of the most famous Renaissance poets, and many more Renaissance men were baptized. Then head to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo to see the original masterpieces that once stood in the cathedral. Inside the museum are Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini, the Cantories of Donatello, Luca della Robbia, and the so-called "Facciatone", which is Arnolfo’s 14th-century life-size facade. See the original Ghiberti's Paradise Gate, Donatello's Magdalene, and the original decorations of Giotto's. 

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Florence: Florence 360°: The Dome Climb

9. Florence: Florence 360°: The Dome Climb

Soaring over 300 feet (90 meters) in the air, the dome of Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, or Duomo, as the locals call it, dominates the city’s skyline. Completed in 1434, the dome is still one of the largest in the world. In the 15th century construction of this kind had not been attempted since ancient times; but thanks to the ambitions of a flourishing city and breakthrough Renaissance engineering, the Cathedral dome challenged even the dome of the Pantheon. The Cathedral’s plans were so ambitious that it seemed nearly impossible to build a dome of these proportions. A goldsmith and sculptor with no prior experience in grand-scale construction, Filippo Brunelleschi, solved the problems. Part of Brunelleschi’s solution was the construction of a dome within a dome, a solid brick structure on the inside with a tiled terracotta shell on the outside. Climb to the top of the dome, marvelling at the frescoes within. Step outside for breathtaking views over the entire city.

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Florence Duomo 2-Hour Monumental Tour

10. Florence Duomo 2-Hour Monumental Tour

Travelers from around the world flock to Florence each year to see the Santa Maria del Fiore Opera Complex, a unique representation of Renaissance artwork, also known as the Duomo. In 1296, The Fabbriceria della Cattedrale di Firenze was founded by the Florentine Republic to oversee the construction of the Duomo and is responsible for its conservation. Explore the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Crypt of Santa Reparata, the Dome of Brunelleschi, and Giotto's Bell Tower with your guide. Next, head to the New Museum of the Opera del Duomo with the original Door of Paradise, the Magdalene by Donatello, the Pietà by Michelangelo, and many other Renaissance works before ascending up the Dome.

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This experience was superb. We were lucky because our trip was private without any other tourist (summer daytime). Nevertheless Gabriel our tour guide and owner of the company was fantastic, he is so friendly, open-minded, high-skilled and funny person. The 4-hour flexible tour passed quickly, you can went through the steep hills easily with the professional and powerful electric bikes, not tiring at all. Going around Florence and surroundings is a perfect way to getting touch with the real Toscany feeling of life. At the end of the trip Gabriel introduced us to his part of family, his newborn baby (so cute!). We felt ourselves as the part of Gabriel's family. And the ice cream was as delicious as promised :) When you visit Florence this trip is a must have program. Don't hesitate, book now :)

Very nice and interesting experience. Well managed by Get Your Guide who always kept me informed with email updates. The management in the field was very professional and keeping the timetables punctual.

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

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

Nice visit with many comments and answers to all our questions Perfect