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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: Dome Self-Guided Tour with Priority Access

3. 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

4. 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: 1-Hour Cupola Entry and Guided Tour

5. 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

6. 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 Duomo 2-Hour Monumental Tour

7. Florence Duomo 2-Hour Monumental Tour

Travelers from around the world flock to Florence each year to see the Santa Maria del Fiore Opera Complex, a unique representation of Renaissance artwork, also known as the Duomo. In 1296, The Fabbriceria della Cattedrale di Firenze was founded by the Florentine Republic to oversee the construction of the Duomo and is responsible for its conservation. Explore the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Crypt of Santa Reparata, the Dome of Brunelleschi, and Giotto's Bell Tower with your guide. Next, head to the New Museum of the Opera del Duomo with the original Door of Paradise, the Magdalene by Donatello, the Pietà by Michelangelo, and many other Renaissance works before ascending up the Dome.

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Florence: Walking Tour and Accademia Gallery Tour

8. Florence: Walking Tour and Accademia Gallery Tour

Learn about Florence on a walking tour of the city. See landmarks around the city and visit the Accademia Gallery. Listen to your guide as you walk through the city and the Accademia Gallery. The first stop is the Accademia Gallery, the famous home of Michelangelo’s David. Skip the line outside and enjoy more time exploring the art within. The gallery also houses other masterpieces by world famous artists and you'll have the chance to explore the fantastic collections on display. Your tour continues with a historic stroll through the streets of Florence.During the walking tour, your guide will point out the main monuments of the city. Discover Dante's House and the tiny church where, according to legend, he fell in love with Beatrice at first sight. Admire Piazza della Repubblica with its elegant cafés and arcades and Piazza della Signoria, the heart of the city.

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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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Florence Cathedral, Dome, and Panoramic Terrace Guided Tour

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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 582 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.

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.

We really enjoyed this tour. We had a large group (16), so they divided us into two groups. Both guides spoke flawless English and were engaging and friendly. It was definitely a highlight of the day!

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!

Small group, friendly guide, lots of information. We liked it very much!