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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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VIP Private Tour Florence Cathedral Dome & Monuments

3. 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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Florence Cathedral, St. John Baptistery and The Opera del Duomo Museum: Tour

4. Florence Cathedral, St. John Baptistery and The Opera del Duomo Museum: Tour

Enjoy skip-the-ticket-line admission to the Duomo complex 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. Admire the important works of art that reside in the Opera Museum including The Pietà by Michelangelo, and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise. You can also visit the remnants of the ancient church of Santa Reparata, on top of which the Duomo was constructed.

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Florence: Private Museums, Duomo, Palaces Renaissance Tour

5. Florence: Private Museums, Duomo, Palaces Renaissance Tour

During the Renaissance, Florence had wealthy families that helped this era flourish and one of them was the Strozzi family. Their palace was built as a symbol of power over one family in specific, the Medicis, and as soon as you step foot in this place, you can see why. Walk through its courtyards and listen to the incredible stories of rivalry between these two families. Ready for a hidden gem? Step into a quiet square where you can find unique architectural masterpieces that represent different times throughout the era of the Renaissance. There are three buildings that stand out, of three different families and each with an interesting story. After all that history, you deserve a tasty treat. Enjoy the best gelato in town, made daily and with exclusive flavors. Two highlights you cannot miss in Florence and that exude Renaissance history are the Signoria Square and Palazzo Vecchio. This square is a political cradle of the Renaissance and each of the statues here have a political connotation. Go to Dante’s district and get a more intimate look at his life. Follow his footsteps, and hear stories about his muse Beatric.   To complete your trip back in time, go to Brunelleschi's Dome and check out this masterpiece that to this day surprises even experts with its design and construction methods. Visit the top of the Duomo with skip-the-line tickets.

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Florence: Duomo Museum and Bell Tower Small-Group Tour

6. Florence: Duomo Museum and Bell Tower Small-Group Tour

Meet your expert bilingual guide and follow them into the Opera del Duomo Museum. Once the workshop of the Cathedral, Opera Museum attracted some of the greatest Florentine artists, including Donatello, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Vasari, just to mention a few. Admire the magnificent Doors of the Baptistery, hear the captivating stories behind the largest dome in the world made by Filippo "The Mathematician of Beauty" Brunelleschi. Still covered with mysteries, it is still an enigma how he managed to construct such a superb construction without any adequate equipment. Marvel at Pietà Bandini, one of the last but not least impressive statues by Michelangelo Buonarroti in which the Master immortalized his image in the act of embracing God. Finally get ready to conquer the most picturesque of Florentine towers, the bell tower of Giotto. Climb all the way up and be stunned by the stupendous 360° views of Florence and surrounding hills.

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Florence Cathedral: Skip-the-Line Small Group Guided Tour

7. Florence Cathedral: Skip-the-Line Small Group Guided Tour

Skip the long lines and enter the Cathedral. Admire the white and green marble of the Dome of Brunelleschi– an architectural marvel. Cross the threshold and you will be greeted by the 3 naves of the church, as well as it’s stunning interior. Marvel at the light pouring through the stained glass windows, colorfully illuminating the evocative rosette of the façade. Take a journey back in time as your local guide details the history of the Duomo. Learn about its progression from a small 7th-century church to the 3rd largest cathedral in the world. Hear how Brunelleschi developed innovative techniques in order to build the Duomo. Be amazed at Zuccari and Vasari's massive fresco depicting the Last Judgement. Once your guided tour is over, you can stay inside the Cathedral as long as you like.

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Florence: Dome Self-Guided Tour with Priority Access

8. 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

9. 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: Historical Sneak-Peek of Duomo Square

10. Florence: Historical Sneak-Peek of Duomo Square

Piazza del Duomo is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence. It is one of the most visited places in the world and in Florence is the most visited area of the city. From the point of the meeting, your guide will give an insight of the history of this marvelous piece of art standing right in front of you. Initially, your guide will talk your way to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, which commits to the conservation of the dome and other artworks of great masterpieces of Michelangelo, Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Luca Della Robbia, Arnolfo di Cambio and many others. Afterward, as you walk through the Piazza you'll catch glimpses of the red dome that was completed in 1436 by Filippo Brunelleschi, and was once known as the largest building in Medieval Europe. After an interesting explanation of this showstopper, your next stop will be the showpieces of the Florentine Gothic architecture, Giotto's Bell Tower standing adjacent to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore Your guide will also walk you around the exterior of the Loggia del Bigallo, a late Gothic building in Florence with an interesting historical fact. Finally, you’ll enter through the “Gates of Paradise” to the Baptistery of Saint John which stands across from the Duomo Cathedral. You will be guided on the technical and artistic point of view of architecture before you tour concludes.

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Well one of my top travel experiences thanks to our guide Giacomo. He is an architect with enthusiasm for the history and design of Brunelleschi's dome which absolutely came across. Amazing passage up all those steps to the dome. I'm a (fit) 49 y o cancer survivor and did it no problem. Beautiful sun and view at the top. And incredible vantage point of The Last Judgment the largest oil painting in the world. Highly recommend if you are able. Talked about it for days. My 14 y o artist son was profoundly impacted by the painting and architecture.

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

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.

Fue un buen tour, nuestro guía Guido muy simpático y nos explico bien cada detalle, la subida a la cúpula es agotadora pero vale la pena, Gracias!

Our guide was well spoken and passionate about the Cathedral. We learnt all sorts of amazing info. I can't believe they managed to cram it all in.