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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: Small Group or Private Tour at the Duomo Complex

3. 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: Guided City Bike Tour

4. 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: Duomo Museum and Bell Tower Small-Group Tour

5. 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

6. 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: Duomo Monumental Complex Guided Tour

7. 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

8. 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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Florence: Guided Group Cathedral Tour and Dome Climb

9. Florence: Guided Group Cathedral Tour and Dome Climb

Let your guide show you around Florence Cathedral on this guided tour. See decorations from artists like Donatello, Ghiberti, and Andrea Del Castagno. Ascend the dome to the highest panoramic spot in Florence. Walk on the precious inlaid marble flooring and admire the immense space that is lit by the light that filters through the 44 windows in Florence Cathedral. Discover the secrets of Paolo Uccello’s clock. Marvel at the biggest fresco of the world. Go up to the top of the dome which is an architectural masterpiece that dominates Florence's skyline. Get lost in views of the city and the Tuscan countryside from this iconic monument. Use your Duomo entrance ticket to visit the other Duomo Complex Monuments within 72 hours. See the Baptistery, Opera del Duomo Museum, Giotto's Bell Tower, and the Crypt of Santa Reparata.

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Florence: Renaissance Walking Tour and Accademia Gallery

10. Florence: Renaissance Walking Tour and Accademia Gallery

Make the most of your visit to Tuscany’s capital city on this walking tour of the historical city center of Florence. Gaze upon Michelangelo's  marble masterpiece 'David' with your skip-the-line tickets to the Accademia Gallery.  Meet your guide in Piazza Strozzi square. Get outfitted with a headset to ensure you can hear the guide clearly. Make your way through the city's charming back-streets in the historical old town. Admire the colorful shops that line the medieval stone Ponte Vecchio bridge, the L-shaped Piazza della Signoria, and Giotto's Bell Tower. Let the Brunelleschi Dome and the dome on the Florence Cathedral take your breath away. Listen as your guide takes you back in time to Renaissance Italy when Florence was heralded as the "New Athens." Hear facts and stories about the sites you see and learn about the notorious Medici Family and other famous personalities from this period. Walk straight into the Accademia Galley where you'll enjoy an in-depth discussion on Michelangelo's David and other works by Renaissance masters. Let your guide reveal the secrets behind one of Italy's most celebrated works of art. After the tour, you can continue to explore the gallery.

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What people are saying about The Opera del Duomo Museum

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.

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!

We had a lovely time getting a first hand expierence on the building, history, and art of the Duomo complex.

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