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

3. 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: Historical Sneak-Peek of Duomo Square

4. 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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What people are saying about The Opera del Duomo Museum

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4.7 / 5

based on 582 reviews

A fascinating tour. All very easy and great to be able to walk straight in without queueing. Excellent value and we were able to step into restricted areas within the Duomo.

An excellent, intelligent female guide with super English and wonderful historical information!! The small group Flash Tour of the Duomo Is highly recommended!!! Elizabeth

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.

This tour was amazing. The guide was very informative and it was well worth to skip all the queue

Short but very informative tour with a very good guide.