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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

See frescoes and stained-glass windows galore, plus top views of Florence from the Duomo’s cupola.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore: Our most recommended tours and activities

Brunelleschi's Dome: Tour

1. Brunelleschi's Dome: Tour

Save precious time with a fast-track entry ticket to the Florence Duomo. Explore the sights of the cathedral complex and learn about its history while accompanied by an expert guide. From the outside of the Florence Cathedral admire its green, pink, and white marble panels. Check out the various statues, lozenges, and reliefs that represent the different stories and histories of mankind. Be in awe of Giotto’s Bell Tower, a freestanding campanile towering over Piazza del Duomo, before entering the Duomo. Climb up the dome for panoramic views and ask your guide as many questions as you like. Once you reach the top, see Florence's historic center from above, its important landmarks, and the surrounding area. Learn more about the monument, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the historic center of Florence. Hear how construction began at the end of the 13th century and how it took two centuries to complete.

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Florence: Accademia and Uffizi Skip-the-Line Combo

2. Florence: Accademia and Uffizi Skip-the-Line Combo

Save time and visit the pearls of Florence all in one day with this combo package. Get skip-the-line entry to the Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery and a climbing reservation to Brunelleschi's Dome for the ultimate Florence experience. Accademia Gallery Start by visiting the Accademia Gallery. Simply present your skip-the-line ticket at the entrance and get in through express security check. Stroll through the Gallery of Michelangelo where you can admire seminal works of the great artist such as “St. Matthew,” “The Four Prisoners,” and the one and only “David.” The average visit duration is 1 hour. Uffizi Gallery Walk your way to the Uffizi Museum after a quick break for lunch (optional) and enter the Uffizi Gallery with your skip-the-line entry ticket. Wander around the charming corridors full of spectacular frescos and statues. Marvel at eternal works of Renaissance masters such as “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli, “Annunciation” by Leonardo da Vinci, and “Tondo Doni” by Michelangelo, just to name a few. The average visit duration is 2 hours. Brunelleschi’s Dome End the day by climbing the largest dome in the world by Filippo Brunelleschi and enjoy the spectacular 360° views of Florence (if dome climb reservation option is chosen). The average visit duration is 1.5 hours. 

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Florence: Entry Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome

3. Florence: Entry Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome

Enjoy reserved entrance to Brunelleschi's Dome, part of Florence's Cathedral, with this ticket. Meet the local assistant at the meeting point, present your voucher, and receive your tickets to begin your experience. First, enter the Dome and climb 463 steps to reach the top. Please note that the way is narrow, there is no elevator, and the climb is not recommended for people suffering from heart problems, vertigo, or claustrophobia. Marvel at the egg-shaped architecture of the Dome, which was the largest such structure in the world in its time. On your visit to the Dome’s interior, you’ll have the opportunity to see the many frescoes and stained-glass windows. Admire Zuccari and Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment, and enjoy a beautiful panorama over Florence and its surroundings from the summit.

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Florence Cathedral and The Opera del Duomo Museum: Tour with Brunelleschi's Dome

4. 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: Dome Climb, Museum and Baptistry Small-Group Tour

5. Florence: Dome Climb, Museum and Baptistry Small-Group Tour

Join in on this exciting adventure discovering the Duomo, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral complex. Your expert local guide will share with you the stories, legends, and secrets behind this incredible architectural monument. Enjoy a typical Florentine gelato as you stroll around the square and its monuments, like the stunning façade of Duomo. The tour then culminates with an extraordinary view from atop one of the largest Domes in the world. As you climb up the famous 463 steps, enjoy stunning views of the Cathedral interior and 16th-century frescoes. The small group setting of 12 people or less allows for the guides to provide you with a more personalized tour that will allow you to better understand Florence. Learn more and get the most out of your experience in a small group. 

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Florence Cathedral: Priority Entrance Tour

6. Florence Cathedral: Priority Entrance Tour

Skip the long ticket lines and enter the Cathedral quickly and painlessly. Cross the threshold and be greeted by the 3 naves of the church, as well as its stunning interior. Marvel at the light pouring through the stained glass windows, colorfully illuminating the cathedral's interior. 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 third-largest cathedral in the world. The dome remains the largest brick dome ever constructed and the cathedral complex itself was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear how Brunelleschi developed innovative techniques in order to build the iconic Duomo, and 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 for as long as you like.

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Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

7. Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

Experience the history of Florence through learning about the contributions of the infamous Medici family while seeing their influence on the city first-hand. Visit the Medici Chapel and see the gorgeous mosaic work. Listen as your expert guide takes you on a tour of the past, and hear how money and power drove an intense rivalry between the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici families. Discover the the secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes your through a the old streets and squares. Stroll through the traces left by the most extraordinary members of the Medici dynasty. Enter the Medici Chapel where most of the remaining remnants of the family found their last shelter. See the sparkling semi-precious stones in the Florentine mosaic Commesso Fiorentino.

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Florence Cathedral: Tour with Cathedral Terraces and Brunelleschi's Dome

8. 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: Walking Tour

9. Florence: Walking Tour

Learn why Florence gave birth to the Italian Renaissance on an introductory walking tour through 2,000 years of the city's history. Get a better understanding and appreciation of the background and context of the Renaissance from your expert guide. Hear about the city’s Roman origins and see landmark attractions, such as the covered bridge of the Ponte Vecchio. Proceed to the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery, home to masterpieces by Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo, and others. Continue to Duomo Square or Piazza del Duomo in the heart of the historic center of Florence. Marvel at the Gothic facade of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Admire the iconic Renaissance cathedral dome designed in the 15th century by Filippo Brunelleschi. See the Baptistery of San Giovanni, designed by the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti, and the famed gilded bronze doors that Michelangelo likened to "Gates of Paradise."

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Uffizi Gallery: Tour with City Walking Tour

10. Uffizi Gallery: Tour with City Walking Tour

Take a half-day journey of discovery into one of the world’s most artistic cities. Known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” Florence is a city of unforgettable elegance. During the tour, you'll get to marvel at some of Florence's best-known treasures, including the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio. In the company of an expert guide, stroll through handsome squares and see impressive monuments on every corner. Listen to facts and secrets from 2,000 years of Florentine history, and cross the famous Ponte Vecchio Continue your tour with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, home to one of the most important art collections in the world. Skip the long ticket lines to enter and discover how the art of painting developed over the centuries. Your guide will explain works by some of the greatest artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, such as Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and more. At the end of the tour, you can remain on your own in the museum until closing time.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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Mateo met us at the appointed time in an easy to find location. His commentary and insights during the visit to the Accademia were focused on a select group of artworks and permitted a more in-depth enjoyment of the selected works, of course, Michelangelo's David being a centerpiece. The access to the terrace during our Duomo visit was a special treat as well as the visit to the top of the dome. 3 and 1/2 hours well-invested.

Federica is very knowledgeable guide and sets a good cadence for the entire tour. The exclusive terrace view is a must to see the city architecture. Had a good time and highly recommend!

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!

A must do when visiting Florence. Rosa was a wonderful guide and made our experience so much better than navigating it on our own.

our guide Bernard was very flexible with our group as we had 3 kids under 9 and he was very patient. very informative