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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: Guided City Bike Tour

3. Florence: Guided City Bike Tour

Explore the heart of Florence on a guided bike tour around the city’s most unforgettable spots. Ride down characteristic streets, through popular squares, and across historic bridges. Learn about the city through commentary from your local guide. The itinerary begins where the Medici family began to wield their power in Florence. See their stately palace and the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Next, pass by the medieval baptistery on your way to Piazza della Republica, the site of the ancient forum where the city’s history began. Then, reach the Arno River stopping to admire the Renaissance architecture. Cross the bridge designed by Michelangelo and get a stunning view of the famous Ponte Vecchio. Continue on to explore the other side of town. Ride through Piazza Santo Spirito and stop to admire the grand Pitti Palace. Ride alongside the Arno to cross back over the river and proceed to Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria. Later, head to Cathedral Square as the tour circles around the landmark site with its incredible dome.

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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: Inferno Private Walking Tour

6. Florence: Inferno Private Walking Tour

Discover Florence in a mysterious and unusual atmosphere as you retrace the places of Dan Brown's novel Inferno. Learn all about Dante's Inferno, as the movie was inspired by the events narrated in the Divine Comedy, the historic poem by Dante Alighieri. Start the journey with a visit to the wonderful Boboli Gardens. Follow the steps of Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks and picture the different movie scenes. Also, visit Torre di Badia and the Dante Society. Just like in the thriller, explore the Palazzo della Signoria and the Baptistery of Florence to discover the mysteries that lie behind Florentine art.

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Florence: Duomo Museum and Bell Tower Small-Group Tour

7. 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

8. 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: 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: 1-Hour Cupola Entry and Guided Tour

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

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 11 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.

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!

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

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.