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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: Small Group or Private Tour at the Duomo Complex

2. 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: 1-Hour Cupola Entry and Guided Tour

3. Florence: 1-Hour Cupola Entry and Guided Tour

The exterior view of the Cupola is a showstopper, but the only way to see the inside of the dome up close and enjoy the extraordinary view of Florence is to climb its 463 steps. Discover how the Cupola was designed and built by Brunelleschi in 1418. Find out why the corridors are so narrow, and admire Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9) on your way up. Look down and on the base, just above the drum, see the balcony started, but never finished, in 1507. Hear about the fascinating story of the balcony and the unfinished eighth side from your guide. Once you climb to the top of the Cupola, you will be enchanted by the panoramic view of the Florence city in front of your eyes. Your guide will talk about the history and art of this Duomo Square and answer any of your questions regarding Duomo.

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Florence: Florence 360°: The Dome Climb

4. 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 Cathedral, Dome, and Panoramic Terrace Guided Tour

5. Florence Cathedral, Dome, and Panoramic Terrace Guided Tour

This exclusive tour begins with a guided visit of the interiors of the magnificent Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and its panoramic north terrace. During the Guided Tour, those who wish to will have priority access to the famous Brunelleschi’s Dome. Avoiding the line, you will enter, accompanied by a licensed professional guide. Inside Santa Maria del Fiore, you will discover the superb works of art preserved there. Then, you will have the chance to go to one of the exclusive terraces of the Cathedral, where you can take in the magnificent scenery surrounding you, dominated by the amazing Brunelleschi Dome. At the end of the guided tour, you can continue your visit to the Opera del Duomo Museum, Giotto's Bell Tower, Crypt of Santa Reparata, and San Giovanni Baptistery on your own without any additional queues. Use your ticket to climb even higher up to the magnificent Dome to enjoy a spectacular 360° view of Florence.

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4.6 / 5

based on 282 reviews

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.

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!

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!

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