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Florence: Accademia, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Cathedral Tour

1. Florence: Accademia, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Cathedral Tour

Enjoy your day in Florence discovering the Accademia Gallery and the Duomo, and choose to climb Brunelleschi's dome. Join a group tour or select the private tour option to tailor the tour to your needs. Take advantage of the Brunelleschi Pass, valid for 72 hours, and visit the Museum and the baptistery of the Duomo after your tour has ended. Enjoy speedy entry to the Accademia Gallery with pre-reserved tickets. Hear the story of Michaelangelo's David and its creator. Learn about the legacy of the ruling Medici family and how this collection was gifted to the people of Florence. Next, head to the famous Duomo. Discover priceless works of Gothic and Renaissance art and admire the building for its size and intricate marble decorations. See the Baptistry, famous for its Gates of Paradise. Enjoy pre-reserved and exclusive entry to Brunelleschi's Dome at the end of the tour (if that option is chosen). Climb the dome or Giotto's Tower on your own time and admire scenic views of Florence and surrounding Tuscany.

Florence: Early Access Michelangelo's David and Duomo Climb

2. Florence: Early Access Michelangelo's David and Duomo Climb

You’ll start first thing in the morning, meeting your local expert guide outside the Accademia Gallery Museum. Before the daytime crowds show up, you’ll head to marvel at Michelangelo’s David as well as his unfinished sculptures known as Slaves, which give incredible insight into the mind of the great artist. From the museum, you’ll skip lines into the cathedral, where you’ll have special access to a room filled with original statues from the cathedral’s facade. Your guide will bring the unbelievable history of the cathedral's construction to life as you explore the building. Your special access extends to the cathedral itself, where you’ll step over the velvet ropes to see details up close. The best is saved for last. After seeing all there is to see inside the cathedral, you’ll visit the cathedral terraces, where you’ll use a special entrance to skip the (always long) line and climb all the way up to the top of the cathedral for the city’s most amazing views.

Florence: Baptistery, Duomo Museum, Cathedral, & Belltower

3. Florence: Baptistery, Duomo Museum, Cathedral, & Belltower

Visit Florence's religious center on a guided tour inside the Baptistery, Cathedral (Duomo), and the Opera del Duomo Museum. Enjoy a comprehensive guided visit to the interior of Florence Cathedral, one of the largest and most important churches in the world. Construction began in 1296 and ended only in 1436, with the creation of the magnificent dome by Filippo Brunelleschi.  See the Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, built in the Florentine Romanesque style. Then visit the Opera del Duomo Museum, a site that collects original masterpieces from the Duomo Complex. Among the most important works on display are the original Gates of Paradise by Ghiberti, and Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini. The museum also houses one of the largest collections of Donatello's work in the world. Finally, climb the three-storied Giotto's Belltower and admire the city skyline dominated by Brunelleschi's immense dome.

Florence: Dan Brown's Inferno 2-Hour Walking Tour

4. Florence: Dan Brown's Inferno 2-Hour Walking Tour

On this 2-hour guided walking tour you’ll follow in the footsteps of Robert Langdon, the main protagonist in Inferno, Dan Brown’s latest best-selling novel. Set on the streets and in the districts of Florence, this is an authentic and original program that takes you to locations that are intimately associated with the book. Your guide will reveal the secrets of the Inferno by telling you about the mysteries of Dante, the Florence Cathedral, the Gates of Paradise, the undiscovered sites of Pallazzo della Signoria and other monuments on the route through Florence. The story will unfold as your guide takes you to the medieval squares and along the streets of this atmospheric Renaissance city.

Florence: Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Galleries

5. Florence: Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Galleries

Begin your tour with a guided visit to the Accademia Gallery. Explore this historic institution, one of Europe's oldest art and drawing academies, and home to an impressive collection of art and sculptures. Admire some of Michelangelo's most beloved masterpieces including the famous 'David' and other important works such as 'I prigioni,' 'San Matteo,' and the 'Palestrina Pietà'. After visiting the Accademia, your guide will lead you first to discover the amazing complex of monuments that characterize Florence's religious center: Florence Cathedral with its incredible Brunelleschi Dome, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise), and the elegant Giotto Bell Tower, the loveliest in all of Italy. The walk continues along lively Via Calzaioli in the heart of the city, where you can admire the imposing and singular Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art. Continuing on, delight in the romantic, picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, with its renowned jewelry shops. Finally, arrive in Piazza Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the political center of the city. In this true “outdoor museum”, be amazed by the beautiful Fountain of Neptune and then, looking around, the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi. Dominating all this is the majestic Palazzo Vecchio with its crenelated Arnolfo tower, one of the most famous symbols of Florence that you will be able to enjoy in all its magnificence. The wonderful perspective of the open gallery of Palazzo degli Uffizi opens onto the square. Finally, you simply can't leave Florence without visiting one of the most important art collections in the world, the Uffizi Gallery. Explore this famous art gallery housed in a historic building, and marvel at incredible works of art by great Renaissance masters such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, and many others. See two of the world’s most famous paintings, Botticelli’s 'Primavera' and 'Birth of Venus,' along with countless other magnificent paintings, sculptures and other works of art. The guided tour ends at the Uffizi Terrace where you can enjoy an amazing and exclusive view of the city’s most important monuments. Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum. Please note that the order of the visits may change. After the walking tour, you can enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch in a historic restaurant in the old city (if option selected).

Florence Duomo 2-Hour Monumental Tour

6. Florence Duomo 2-Hour Monumental Tour

Join a comprehensive Florence Opera Duomo tour, perfect for those who want to know the history of the cathedral, Brunelleschi Dome, and other iconic sights of the complex. Discover why Florence is known for its unique Renaissance art and architecture. Your experience starts by meeting your guide at the central door of the Cathedral of Florence. Then, begin a guided tour where you'll visit the baptistery and Museum of Opera del Duomo, with the original Door of Paradise, Magdalene by Donatello, and Pietà by Michelangelo. Venture inside the cathedral and find the Santa Reparata Crypt. At the end of the tour, your guide will accompany you to the Porta della Mandorla, from where you can independently climb the Brunelleschi Dome. In this unforgettable place, see the landscape of Florence and the surrounding countryside. From the inside of the Dome, admire the incredible Renaissance frescoes by Giorgio Vasari's Last Judgment, inspired by those by Michelangelo in the Sixtine Chapel.

Florence Morning Walking Tour & Uffizi Gallery Tour

7. Florence Morning Walking Tour & Uffizi Gallery Tour

This tour of Florence, the center of the Italian Renaissance, begins in the early afternoon in the city center of Florence. During the 3.3 hours, you’ll learn many of the facts and some of the secrets of 2,000 years of Florentine history, from the city’s Roman origins to its 15th-century palaces. Take a stroll from the Ponte Vecchio through the famous Uffizi courtyard to Brunelleschi’s Dome, the architectural wonder that overlooks the Baptistery's golden Gates of Paradise. After the walking tour, you’ll visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s top art museums. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you about works of the greatest artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and many more. You’ll have the opportunity to admire world-famous paintings close-up. In addition, you’ll learn about the craft, techniques, and tools of the artists. As you take in the incredible collection of the Uffizi you’ll come to understand why Florence is called the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

Experience Florence by Foot - Guided Tour

8. Experience Florence by Foot - Guided Tour

Florence is a city of delights, and walking its streets is the best way to get a sense of its pleasures. Of course our guides will take you to the most important sites around town, but they'll also share with you the intrigue, gossip and historical anectodes this city has lurking under its surface! Florentines have a long history of greatness. From Michelangelo to Da Vinci, these streets have played home to some of the most influential thinkers and creators of the modern world. We will explore the historical and architectural evolutions from Roman times through the medieval centuries and into the Renaissance, when Florence really blossomed into what it is today. People often consider this the very birthplace of the Renaissance, and we feel that you'll soon understand why. The romance and intrigue of its streets are enough to make any person jump up and grab a paint brush! As we walk through the center of this UNESCO Heritage Cities, we will stop for a surprise "tasting" to learn about the culinary and wine aspects of Florence's rich culinary traditions. We will also see the Piazza della Signoria, with the town hall Palazzo Vecchio, with its massive, Romanesque, crenellated fortress-palace. It is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany! We stop by the famed Duomo, the Baptistry and "Gates of Paradise", as well as the picture postcard perfect Pontevecchio. This icon of our city will amaze you with its grandeur and beauty! Make sure to stop and have a gelato at one of the incredible shops lining the streets! There are plenty of other treasures to explore along our way, and our guides will make sure to point out each one and explain its importance and history to you. Finally, we will arrive at the famous shopping streets of the Oltrarno, which is a part of the historic center of Florence, and is known for its exquisite hand-made crafts. We depart ways here, and hope that you've discovered what makes our city something really special. Ciao!

Florence: Guided Walking Tour

9. Florence: Guided Walking Tour

Learn why Florence gave birth to the Italian Renaissance on an introductory walking tour through 2,000 years of history in the city center. Hear about the city’s Roman origins and visit landmark attractions, such as a 15th century palace, the covered bridge of the Ponte Vecchio and the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery. Marvel at Brunelleschi’s stunning Dome at the cathedral and see the Baptistery’s golden “Gates of Paradise.” Get a better understanding and appreciation of the background and context of the Renaissance from an expert guide. 

Florence: Bell Tower, Baptistery & Duomo Museum Tour

10. Florence: Bell Tower, Baptistery & Duomo Museum Tour

Discover stunning views of Florence with a guided tour of Giotto’s Bell Tower. See where many famous figures were baptized at the The Baptistery of St. John, and admire artwork by Renaissance masters at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. 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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What people are saying about Porta del Paradiso

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We had an excellent tour with Lucia (sorry if I am misspelling her name) with a Florence Pass. She was super knowledgeable and friendly and was very patient with my dad’s many questions. The Duomo Museum pass is good for 48 hours, so you can come back! Also, at the start of the tour, they asked if we wanted to climb the bell tower ( included in the price), and if not, would refund those folks 10 Euros, so it’s an honest company. Highly recommend!

Martina was our guide! Fun, knowledgeable, and friendly! We learned so much, that we felt we had a behind-the-scenes tour!

Claudio was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun and interesting and informative.

Excellent. Claudio has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the church, the artists and their works.

Great tour, knowledgable guide. Would highly recommend