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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: Walking Tour, Accademia Gallery & Uffizi Gallery

3. 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 Duomo Tour: Baptistery and Museum

4. Florence Duomo Tour: Baptistery and Museum

Enjoy skip-the-line admission to the Duomo complex (Cathedral and Museum) in the heart of historic Florence. Your licensed guide will take you on a tour of the Duomo, the Baptistery, and the Opera Museum. You'll also see the exterior of Giotto’s Bell Tower. On this guided tour you’ll be able to hear your guide’s commentary perfectly with the audio system that’s included. If you like you can climb to the top of the bell tower. The tour includes visits to the Cathedral, Baptistry, and the Opera Museum. Admire the important works of art that reside in the Opera Museum including The Pietà by Michelangelo that he himself mutilated and left unfinished at his death and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise.

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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 In A Day: David, Duomo, and Dome Climb

6. 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

7. 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: VIP David, Early Accademia & Dome Climb

8. Florence: VIP David, Early Accademia & Dome Climb

You’ll start first thing in the morning, meeting your local expert guide and an intimate group of 15 people or fewer outside the Accademia Gallery Museum. Before the daytime crowds show up, you’ll head to marvel at Michelangelo’s David as well as his unfinished sculptures known as Slaves, which gives incredible insight into the mind of the great artist. From the museum, you’ll skip lines into the cathedral, where you’ll have special access to a room filled with original statues from the cathedral’s facade. Your guide will bring the unbelievable history of the cathedral's construction to life as you explore the building. Your special access extends to the cathedral itself, where you’ll step over the velvet ropes to see details up close. The best is saved for last. After seeing all there is to see inside the cathedral, you’ll visit the cathedral terraces, where you’ll use a special entrance to skip the (always long) line and climb all the way up to the top of the cathedral for the city’s most amazing views.

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Florence: Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery

9. Florence: Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery

Discover Florence’s historic center on this 2.5-hour walking tour including the imposing Duomo, elegant Uffizi Square, the renowned leather market and the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo’s David. Stroll along the timeless streets lined with the architecture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, admire the city in its continued glory and discover its hidden gems, all in a single morning! Begin the tour with skip-the-line access to the Accademia Gallery where you will have the unique opportunity to see Michelangelo’s statue of the Slaves and his magnificent 17-foot marble masterpiece, the David. Then walk towards the astounding Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, from where Brunelleschi’s dome dominates the skyline of Florence and never ceases to impress. Gaze at the Baptistry Doors by Ghiberti, coined the “Gates of Paradise” by Michelangelo and get an up-close view of the Duomo, where your guide will tell you interesting facts about the building. During the walking tour, learn about the fascinating history of Florence as you visit the heart of the Renaissance Civic and Political Center, famous for its ancient statues and glorious fountains. With your guide leading the way, visit all Florence's top sights, including the iconic sculptures at Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Uffizi Courtyard. Your expert local guide, a trained storyteller, will bring Florence to life throughout the ages — from the terrible Medieval era to the glorious Renaissance years. End the tour at Uffizi.

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What people are saying about Porta del Paradiso

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,079 reviews

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!

Mateo met us at the appointed time in an easy to find location. His commentary and insights during the visit to the Accademia were focused on a select group of artworks and permitted a more in-depth enjoyment of the selected works, of course, Michelangelo's David being a centerpiece. The access to the terrace during our Duomo visit was a special treat as well as the visit to the top of the dome. 3 and 1/2 hours well-invested.

It was a wonderful experience the guide was excellent she was obviously very passionate about Florence and answered all our questions she was also engaging by asking us questions to involve us would recommend this tour to everyone it was fascinating we learned so much

Christiano was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was good to get some insight on the key places, people and events in Florence's history and renaissance.

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