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

1. 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. 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. 

Florence: Baptistery, Duomo Museum, Cathedral, & Belltower

2. 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: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

3. Florence: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

Explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence’s Duomo, considered one of the most important and gorgeous buildings in the world, on this guided tour. Start the tour by learning the fascinating stories of Florence and the cathedral from your licensed guide. Go inside and explore the interior decoration, learn how the Cupola was created, and admire the incredible fresco of Giorgio Vasari, the Last Judgment. After this, go inside the Baptistery, the holy place, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, where Dante Alighieri, the Medici Family, and other nobles and famous people were baptized. Following the guided tour, be led to the Cupola entrance, where you’ll be able to climb to the top at your own pace and admire The Last Judgment, the famous fresco by Giorgio Vasari. Once at the top, discover the breathtaking 360-degree panorama, from where you can see all of Florence.

Florence: Cupola Climb Tour with Duomo Complex Entry Tickets

4. Florence: Cupola Climb Tour with Duomo Complex Entry Tickets

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. Add to your experience by selecting one of the options that includes a gelato tasting after your Cupola tour. Listen to the history and art of this Duomo Square and answer any of your questions regarding Duomo.

Florence: Cathedral, Duomo Museum, and Baptistery Tour

5. Florence: Cathedral, Duomo Museum, and Baptistery Tour

Visit the key religious monuments at Duomo Square with pre-reserved tickets in Florence. Focus on the historical and cultural significance of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and its complementary structures explained by an expert local guide. Start your tour at Duomo Square. Learn about the Cathedral and its construction through the centuries and how it came to be the center of Florence’s religious life. Benefit from your guide’s knowledge to understand its relationship with the rest of the magnificent buildings in the square. Visit the imposing Cathedral of Florence dominating the skyline. See it as an artistic wonder for its size and its amazing marble decorations. Enjoy the beauty of priceless treasures of Gothic and Renaissance art. Get priority admission to the octagonal Baptistery of St. John, best known for its ceiling decorated with golden mosaics and its gleaming bronze doors, called the Gates of Paradise. Gaze at the relief work on the detailed panels. Learn how these are not the original bronze doors and that the authentic East Doors are currently on display in the museum. Continue to the Duomo Museum, where incredible masterpieces like the gates of the Baptistery, Donatello’s sculptures, and the original dome’s wooden scaffoldings are exhibited. You could spend hours wandering through the displays, but your guide will focus on highlights such as Michelangelo’s Pietà and other magnificent works of art. The last stop is Giotto's Bell Tower, which you can climb at your leisure.

Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour

6. Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour

Learn about Florence's history while exploring the Duomo. Meet your knowledgeable guide on this guided tour of one of Florence's most iconic sites. Explore the beautiful and historic Duomo, while hearing fascinating stories of Florence and the Cathedral from your licensed guide. Headsets are provided so you can admire the works at your own pace while enjoying your guides commentary. Go back in time to when Florence was ruled by the Medici Family, one of the most powerful and wealthiest in Italy's history. Enter the Cathedral, see the indoor decoration, and find out how the Cupola was created by Filippo Brunelleschi. Admire the incredible fresco by Giorgio Vasari, The Last Judgment. Experience the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, considered one of the most important in the world. See why the Duomo complex is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Florence: Cathedral Guided Tour & Tickets to 4 Attractions

7. Florence: Cathedral Guided Tour & Tickets to 4 Attractions

Learn the secrets of the Cathedral of Florence on a guided tour. Admire the fantastic architecture of Brunelleschi's Dome. Get tickets to explore Giotto's Clock Tower, the Baptistery, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, and the St. Reparata Church. Meet your guide in Cathedral Square at the heart of Florence's Old Town and begin your guided walking tour of the Cathedral. Hear anecdotes and stories behind the construction of the Cathedral. View the stunning masterpieces preserved inside the Cathedral. Get access to the magnificent Dome created by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 1420s. Have the option to climb up the 463 steps and reach the top of this architectural masterpiece. At the top of the dome, gaze out at spectacular views of the Florentine skyline. Venture to see other attractions from your combined ticket on your own. Take in the 14th-century Gothic architecture in Giotto’s Clocktower and the fascinating octagonal shape of the Baptistery. Go beneath the city as you visit the crypt which holds the former cathedral at the St. Reparata Church. Marvel at works by Renaissance masters at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. See pieces like Michelangelo's 'Florentine Pieta' and Donatello's 'Penitent Magdalene'.

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

8. 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: Duomo and Brunelleschi's Dome Small Group Tour

9. Florence: Duomo and Brunelleschi's Dome Small Group Tour

Explore the culture and architecture of Florence with pre-reserved tickets, visiting the highlights of the famous Cathedral Complex in one tour. Save precious vacation time with a priority entrance to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery of St. John, and climb the top of Brunelleschi's Dome. Focus on the historical and cultural significance of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and its complementary structures. Get priority admission to the octagonal Baptistery of St. John, renowned for its ceiling decorated with golden mosaics and its gleaming bronze doors known as the Gates of Paradise. Gaze at the relief work on the detailed panels. You might be surprised to learn that these are not the original bronze doors–the authentic East Doors are currently on display in the Museum. Continue to the Duomo Museum to see the original doors, masterpieces like Donatello’s sculptures, and Michelangelo’s Pietà. The last stop is Brunelleschi’s Dome. Climb up the famous cupola with a priority access ticket. Admire the wonderful frescoes of the Last Judgment by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, still among the largest in the world. Enjoy fascinating views of Tuscany and Florence as you soak up the best experience in the city. Your Brunelleschi Pass is valid for 72-hour allowing you to enjoy all elements of the Duomo Complex.

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

10. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

Depart from Rome to the Northern province of Tuscany for a full-day tour to the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, crossing the green valley of the Tiber River to the slopes of the Apennines, passing the vineyards of Chianti before your arrival in Pisa. See “Piazza dei Miracoli” with its famous Leaning Tower and visit the Baptistery and the “Duomo”, all in shining white marble. At 12:00 PM depart toward Florence, the legendary city of artists and architects from the 14th to 17th centuries. Stop for lunch. At 02:30 PM meet with your professional guide for a walking tour of Florence. Once in the city center, you can breathe the atmosphere of medieval streets and craftsmen’s workshops and see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli, including Michelangelo’s David at the “Accademia”. See the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its beautiful dome projected by Brunelleschi and admire the Baptistery as well as Giotto’s Bell Tower. The tour ends with a breathtaking view from “Piazzale Michelangelo”, a superb panoramic view of the Tuscan capital, including “Ponte Vecchio”, Arno River and the “Duomo”. Then, back to Rome.

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Thank you! The tour was easy to follow and the guide was knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend allotting more time than the tour if you want to do the climbing because it will take some time!

Rosa was our guide and she was lovely! We learnt so much, lots of interesting facts and a great sense of humour too. Well worth it!

Need to collect actual ticket at venue across the square. Short tour very nice guide and good information, interactive style.

Our tour guide is very humorous and passionate. We enjoy every moment spent with him.

It was excellent! Victoria, our guide, was really good and friendly!