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Florence Duomo Monumental Complex Guided Tour

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From € 45.00
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Live an incomparable journey into art, history, faith and mystery!
  • Get your Priority Access to the monuments during the Guided Visit
  • Admire the works of art by the greatest artists of the Middle Ages and Renaissance in Florence
  • Visit the spectacular “Opera del Duomo” Museum and find out how the Duomo façade was in the past!
From: € 45.00
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes Approx.
Start Time: 12.00 am
Season: All the year round
Meeting Point / Terminal: Piazza San Giovanni 7, Firenze View meeting point with Google Maps - Duomo

The tour of the “Grande Museo del Duomo” (Great Museum of the Cathedral) is a single great itinerary that will take you through more than 1500 years of history, embracing all the monuments on the world-famous Piazza del Duomo: from the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, to the Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the St. John's Baptistery and the Museum of the Works of the Cathedral. A unique chance to enjoy a truly exceptional cultural experience in the heart of Medieval and Renaissance Florence, a "tour of marvels" among the monuments of a square that is a concentration of art unlike any in the world. Your art historian guide will first take you to the Baptistery dedicated to St. John, the Patron Saint of Florence. The Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in Florence (XI century) and home to the glittering golden mosaics that decorate the dome and a spectacular Matroneo (Women's Gallery). The outer façade is covered in Carrara and Prato marble and is enriched with the beautiful bronze doors, including a copy of the two known as the Gates of Paradise (we'll see the originals inside the “Opera del Duomo” Museum (Museum of the Works of the Cathedral) during the tour). As we leave the Baptistery, the tour proceeds with the comment about the elegant Giotto’s Bell Tower, covered in multi-coloured marble and graced with a base decorated with a fabulous figurative cycle. The guide will reveal then the secrets of the celebrated majestic Brunelleschi’s Dome, the largest masonry construction ever built, 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, once inside the Cathedral you can 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. The tour will continue with a visit to 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. We'll see a life-size 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. We'll see the original doors of the Baptistery, including the gilded Gates to Paradise done by Lorenzo Ghiberti. We'll be moved as we gaze upon the Pietà del Duomo sculpted by Michelangelo and the Penitent Magdalene by Donatello. We'll 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 desire, may climb up to the Museum panoramic terrace to admire the grandiose Dome to a close distance.


PLEASE NOTE: Your ticket to the monuments of the Duomo is also valid for access to the Giotto Bell Tower to enjoy the most incredible views of the city, to be used within 72 hours from the issue.

  • Caf Tour’s Staff Assistance at the Meeting Point
  • Professional Guide authorized by Opera Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Museum entrance ticket valid for 72 hours for the Duomo Complex Monuments: Cathedral, Baptistery and Bell Tower
  • Priority access to the monuments during the Guided Visit
  • We suggest to wear comfortable shoes
  • Appropriate clothing is recommended to visit places of worship

4.8 5 Reviews

Duomo Complex
Robert O'Donnell, 01/2020
This small group tour was amazing! Our guide was the best guide of the trip! A perfect beginning to our incredible trip to Florence!
Enthusiastic tour!
Monica London, 07/2019
The Guide was very knowledgeable and highly enthusiastic. And I would very much recommend this tour.
Informative tour of the Duomo
Erik Beth, 04/2019
I enjoyed this tour - I felt like I got to see the highlights of the Baptistery, Duomo and the museum, the guide was very knowledgeable and provided a good background summary of key historical events, and I really liked the way we got to see some of the original statues and the original Ghiberti doors in the museum at the end, as well as the Michaelangelo Pieta.
Very passionate guide
Summer O'Connor, 07/2019
Highly recommend this tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate and clearly communicated history and stories in a fun and engaging way. Thank you!
Una bella visita
Anita Dell'Uomo, 07/2019
Una bella visita, davvero completa, con una guida giovane, informata e davvero carina. Il tour è in inglese e visto che studio lingue da poco ho deciso di approfittarne. Sono rimasta affascinata dal museo dell'Opera, uno scrigno di tesori con una terrazza favolosa.
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