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

1. 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: Bell Tower, Baptistery & Duomo Museum Tour

2. 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: Medieval & Renaissance Walking Tour Pass

3. Florence: Medieval & Renaissance Walking Tour Pass

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Tuscan capital, thanks to engaging storytelling by expert local guides. Discover the neighborhood of San Lorenzo, where you can find the Basilica of S. Lorenzo, the church of the Medici family, and the Medici Chapels. Visit the elegant cloister, a green oasis of peace in the heart of the Medici district. Next, admire the beauty of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi and reach Piazza del Duomo.  Admire the impressive cathedral with Brunelleschi's dome and Giotto's bell tower. See the Baptistery of Saint John with the Gates of Paradise. Walk along the Arno River to reach the Ponte Vecchio, the famous "Jewelry Bridge". Then continue to the picturesque Mercato della Paglia, and the famous Fontana del Porcellino. Not too far away, there is the elegant Piazza della Signoria, a great outdoor sculpture museum, dominated by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio.

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Florence: Walking Tour, Accademia Gallery & Uffizi Gallery

4. Florence: Walking Tour, Accademia Gallery & Uffizi Gallery

The morning part of your full-day tour begins with a guided visit of the Accademia Gallery. Learn why Michelangelo's David is the most recognizable symbol of Florence and what the statue represented in its time. Enjoy a close encounter with timeless works of art and get the inside story of the life and times of Michelangelo, the consummate artist of the Renaissance. After the guided tour you’ll have some free time on your own to explore further and have lunch. The second part of the tour begins in the early afternoon. You’ll enjoy a complete introductory tour to the city and 2,000 years of Florentine history. Learn about the city’s Roman origins, and see the Ponte Vecchio, the famous Uffizi courtyard, and Brunelleschi magnificent Dome that overlooks the Baptistery's golden Gates of Paradise. After the walking tour you’ll visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s top art museums. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the works of the great artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and others. Admire well-known paintings that you have seen all your life in books, magazines, and on TV. Learn the secrets of the craft, techniques, and tools of the artists. When you encounter the incredible wealth of artworks of the period, you can understand why Florence is known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

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Florence Afternoon Walking Tour & Uffizi Gallery Tour

5. Florence Afternoon Walking Tour & Uffizi Gallery Tour

This tour of Florence, the center of the Italian Renaissance, begins in the early afternoon in the city center of Florence. During the 3.3 hours, you’ll learn many of the facts and some of the secrets of 2,000 years of Florentine history, from the city’s Roman origins to its 15th-century palaces. Take a stroll from the Ponte Vecchio through the famous Uffizi courtyard to Brunelleschi’s Dome, the architectural wonder that overlooks the Baptistery's golden Gates of Paradise. After the walking tour, you’ll visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s top art museums. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you about works of the greatest artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and many more. You’ll have the opportunity to admire world-famous paintings close-up. In addition, you’ll learn about the craft, techniques, and tools of the artists. As you take in the incredible collection of the Uffizi you’ll come to understand why Florence is called the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

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Florence Highlights Walking Tour from Duomo to Santa Croce

6. Florence Highlights Walking Tour from Duomo to Santa Croce

Start your day by meeting your fun and informative guide at the designated meeting point. From here, your guide will lead you on a fascinating walking tour along the streets and piazzas of Florence, exploring the city’s rich history. At the historical Palazzo Strozzi you can examine the perfectly preserved courtyard, and also see the lesser known, but no less impressive Palazzo Davanzati, a truly marvellous example of a Medieval Palace. Passing by the renowned "Porcellino" (little pig) market, you'll head to the famous Ponte Vecchio, the city’s oldest bridge, built in the 1300s. Whilst appreciating the stunning views of the hills that surround Florence, you will get the opportunity to listen to insights into the bridge’s history, and the famous Vasari Corridor that dramatically changed the shops built on the bridge. You will also visit Piazza della Signoria - the political heart of the city. The Uffizi Gallery, formerly the offices of the Grand Duke, is located on one side of the square and on the other side, Palazzo Vecchio, the former home of the Florentine government. After a pleasant wander through the oldest parts of the city where you can admire tower houses from the 1300s, you'll enter Piazza Duomo where the imposing Duomo (Cathedral of Florence) is located, with its original marble decoration and Brunelleschi's dome, an architectural triumph and a symbol of the Florentine Renaissance, both for its unique design and also the architectural achievement itself. The tour ends in front of the Baptistery with its stunning Porta del Paradiso, along with Giotto's bell tower, a perfect example of 12th-century architecture. You will be totally enchanted by Florence and benefit from your guide’s suggestions to enjoy the rest of your stay.

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Florence In A Day: David, Duomo, and Dome Climb

7. Florence In A Day: David, Duomo, and Dome Climb

Join the group at the Accademia gates to start your tour. There will be a maximum of 12 people so it is always an intimate experience. Learn the story of David and its creator Michelangelo. How does the copy replaced in Piazza della Signoria in 1910,  still guard over the city of Florence? Challenge your guide about the 16th century art school in this Academy of Fine Arts. Hear about the purpose of the museum which now houses one of the greatest art collections in the world. Understand something of the influence and legacy of the ruling Medici family, and learn how this collection was bequeathed to the people of Florence by Anna Maria Lodovica, the last of the Medici. Enjoy the Accademia Galleries and head to the Duomo. Walk through the beauty of priceless treasures of Gothic and Renaissance art as you see the imposing Cathedral of Florence dominating the skyline. Savour the artistic wonder for its size and for its the amazing marble decorations. Includes a pre-reserved visit to the Dome at the end of the tour and the option to climb the dome at your own leisure to admire scenic views of Florence and surrounding Tuscany. See the Baptistry famous with its doors right in front of the cathedral Santa Maria Del Fiore. These are the Gates of Paradise but what you’ll see here are the copies of the original. ( originals are in the Museum). End the tour at one of these Squares so you can ask your guide for options of the best places to eat or drink an aperitivo. This tour is a great investment to save your time and to appreciate the potentially overwhelming series of art works with a scholarly local guide who manages to be fun at the same time.

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Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery: Tour with City Walking Tour and Lunch

8. Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery: Tour with City Walking Tour and Lunch

Begin your experience with a guided visit of the famous Uffizi Gallery. Admire incredible works of art by great Renaissance masters such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, and Giotto. When the guided tour ends, spend time exploring the museum on your own. Continue to the Accademia Gallery, home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture. Admire some of Michelangelo's most beloved masterpieces, including the famous 'David', and other important works such as 'I Prigioni,' 'San Matteo', and the 'Palestrina Pietà'. Next, visit a local restaurant and enjoy a typical Tuscan meal a few steps from the Piazza del Duomo. Spend the last part of the tour exploring the heart of the historic center of Florence with your guide. Start at the splendid gothic Loggia del Bigallo which overlooks Piazza Duomo. From here, discover the amazing complex of monuments that characterize the religious center of Florence: the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise), the elegant Giotto Bell Tower, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, home to Brunelleschi's dome. See the imposing stone building of the Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of the Florentine Gothic style, the famous Straw Market, and the charming Signoria Square. Dominating all this is the majestic Palazzo Vecchio and the Arnolfo tower, one of the most famous symbols of Florence.

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Florence: Duomo Monumental Complex Guided Tour

9. Florence: Duomo Monumental Complex Guided Tour

Discover the architectural wonders of the Florence Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Bell Tower on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Duomo complex. Afterwards, you can use your ticket to enter Santa Reparata's crypt and climb up to the magnificent Giotto's Bell Tower to enjoy the most amazing views of the city. With an art historian as your guide you’ll begin your tour at the 11th-century Baptistery of San Giovanni, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, which features the famous Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Admire Giotto's elegant Bell Tower and then visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, dominated by the majestic dome by Brunelleschi. Marvel at the magnificent frescoes by the workshop of Giorgio Vasari. Learn the secrets of Brunelleschi’s celebrated Dome, the largest masonry construction ever built and one of the city's icons. Inside the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the third largest church in the world, admire the beautiful frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari adorning the inside of the Dome, one of the world's most important stained glass window cycles created by the greatest artists of the early Renaissance and magnificent works by Baccio Bandinelli, Benedetto da Maiano, Luca Della Robbia, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Andrea Del Castagno and many others.  Visit the Crypt below the Cathedral to take a step back into the late VI century and uncover the mysteries of the early Christian Church of Santa Reparata, where we'll also see the tomb of the great architect, Filippo Brunelleschi.  After a short break to take some pictures and enjoy a refreshment in one of the many coffee or gelato shops on the square, visit the spectacular “Opera del Duomo” Museum. The greatest treasures from the monuments of the great Cathedral Complex are all carefully housed in this incredible Museum, in an amazing scenic setting. See a life-sized reconstruction of the Cathedral as it was in the times of Dante Alighieri, as well as the sculptures of Arnolfo di Cambio, Donatello and Nanni di Banco. View the original doors of the Baptistery, including the gilded Gates to Paradise done by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Experience the Pietà del Duomo sculpted by Michelangelo and the Penitent Magdalene by Donatello. Admire the beauty of the Altar of St. John, a stupendous silver masterpiece, and the other magnificent works of art done by the greatest medieval and renaissance artists of Florence.   Those who so desire may climb up to the panoramic terrace to admire the grandiose Dome from close up. 

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What people are saying about Porta del Paradiso

Best way to see Florence! Our guide Carmen was amazing and so knowledgeable, she tailored our tour to accommodate to a slightly slower pace since my parents couldn’t walk too fast. She answered all the questions we had along the way and even provided tips for places to go see on our own during the rest of our visit in Florence. Her voice was very soothing and easy to listen and my family and I enjoyed spending the day with her exploring the city. Entrance to the museums was faster and the galleries were even more interesting and enjoyable thanks to our guide. Will definitely recommend!

Our tour guide, Oxana was professional, friendly, and knowledgeable on the exhibits and local history. I would definitely recommend this tour. We met in front of Accademia, and GetYourGuide sent two guides. While they worked out who would take which patrons, Oxana remained cheerful and checked in with us. Oxana gave us valuable insights into all of the exhibits right from the beginning when we entered a room with busts that we all assumed were marble and Oxana explained they were plaster. The museums and the city walk were all amazing!

I had the most amazing tour guide. She was beyond impressive with her knowledge. I was blown away with this tour. It was worth every penny. It covered so much of the must sees in Florence. Oksana was truly amazing. She was kind and never stop taking the entire time. She was a wealth of knowledge.

Fabulous tour! Chiara was so knowledgeable and friendly. Strong recommend.

Excellent guide. He was able to underline the important aspects.