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Florence Duomo Skip The Line Guided Tour
Skip The Line • Guided Tour • Mobile Tickets
  • Admire the beauty of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and its incredible Duomo with your skip the line mobile tickets and get priority access on this comprehensive tour.
  • Your expert guide will tell you about the history of this monument and about how it came to be known as Florence’s crown jewel over the centuries.
  • Take in the Duomo’s exquisite stained-glass windows and marble floors, and get the opportunity to see incredible works of art such as Vasari’s ‘The Last Judgement’ as you listen in on your audio headsets.
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Exclusive Tour of Florence Duomo with Dome and Secret Terraces Access
Dome & Terrace • Exclusive Guided Tour • Skip The Line
  • Enjoy unparalleled aerial views of Florence on this guided tour of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with access to the top of the Duomo and the Terrace.
  • Your tour group will be small and intimate for a wholesome, immersive experience of the Duomo, led by your professional English-speaking guide who will help you discover fantastic works of art such as Vasari’s frescos, Bandinelli’s mobile choir and Paolo Uccello’s clock.
  • Make the most of your visit with your 48-hour tickets to the Duomo Complex that give you access to the Museo Dell’Opera Del Duomo, Crypt of Santa Reparata, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and Giotto’s Tower.
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Guided Tour of Duomo Monumental Complex with Duomo Museum
Local Guided Tour • Skip The Line • Wine Tasting
  • Delve into Florence’s culture and history on this comprehensive guided tour of Piazza del Duomo where your professional guide will help you explore these monuments that house numerous treasures.
  • Skip the long ticket queues and enjoy priority access to explore the fantastic works of art and stunning architecture of St. John's Baptistery, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the Museum of the Works of the Cathedral.
  • Eminent artists and sculptors such as Nanni di Banco and Donatello have their prized works of art housed here for you to admire on this excellent tour that concludes with some authentic Chianti wine and cheese tasting as well!
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Florence Duomo and Academia Gallery Half Day Guided Tour
Super Saver Combo • Small Group Tour • Expert Guide
  • Explore the beautiful city of Florence as well as access one of the most incredible art collections in Italy housed at the Accademia Gallery, not to mention the famed Duomo di Firenze!
  • Your tour group will be small and intimate for a wholesome, immersive experience of the Accademia Galleria, led by your professional English-speaking guide who will help you explore the museum to the fullest.
  • Cross the velvet ropes and wander the hidden rooms at the Duomo of Florence, where the original statues from its facades are stored while you gain incredible insight into both the structure and the city's dynamic history.
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Florence Duomo, Uffizi and Accademia Galleries Full Day Guided Tour
Best Of Florence • Guided Tour • Value For Money
  • Explore the Accademia, Duomo, and Uffizi galleries on this full-day tour of Florence, home to some of the best works of art from the Italian Renaissance.
  • Your skip the line tickets give you access to incredible Italian masterpieces, such as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, and Michelangelo's David inside the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries respectively.
  • Your local guide’s exceptional English commentary is sure to enrich your exploration of Florence as you travel through the Duomo, Piazza Signoria, and Ponte Vecchio.
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Introduction

The Cathedral of Florence or Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is among the largest masonry structures ever built in the world. Designed originally by Arnolfo di Cambio, the base of the monument is large enough to cover half a football field. The red dome that gives the Cathedral its more common name, The Duomo, was designed by early Renaissance architect Fillipo Brunelleschi. It was also the world’s largest dome when construction for this Pantheon inspired component of the Cathedral finished in the year 1436. This Cathedral was built on the site where Saint Reparata once stood, signifying the growing importance of Florence and its emergence as a centre of art, culture, and prosperity.

History & Architecture

The Florence Cathedral that we see today is a culmination of artistic imaginations of many great artists and architects. Arnolfo di Cambio submitted the design for the Cathedral in the year 1296, and its construction began under the supervision of Francesco Talenti. The Church was consecrated by Pope Eugene IV in 1436 after the completion of the Dome, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. The fresco on the inside of the dome depicts the last Judgement and was painted in colourful strokes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari between 1572 and 1579.

The beautiful designs in white, pink, and green marble that form the façade of the Cathedral was added between 1871 and 1887. It complements the bell tower which was designed by Giotto di Bondone in 1334 but it was completed first by Andrea Pisano, who also designed the relief decorations on the tower. Later, Francesco Talenti oversaw its construction and was finally completed in 1359.

Duomo Florence Highlights

  • The first aspect you will notice is the large octagonal red dome of the Florence Cathedral.
  • The delicate white, pink, and green marble carvings that form the Façade of the Church is an example of fine craftsmanship.
  • The depiction of the Last Judgement on the interior of the dome.
  • Double- shells of the dome.
  • The lantern hanging from the dome.
  • Clock on the inside of the Church, right above the entrance.
  • The crypt where Brunelleschi was buried upon his death in 1446.
  • 463 stairs of Florence’s Duomo for stellar panoramic views.

Things to do around Piazza del Duomo, Florence

Florence Baptistery

The Octagonal Florence Baptistery AKA the Baptistery of Saint John, is one of the oldest buildings in the city, constructed between 1059 and 1128 in the Florentine Romanesque style. The Baptistry is renowned for the 3 large bronze doors decored with relief sculptures. The Italian poet Dante and many other notable Renaissance figures were baptized in this baptistry.

Giotto's Campanile

The quiet climb that leads to the top of the Giotto's Campanile is a unique way of witnessing the Cathedral’s beauty from different heights and angles. From atop, you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Florence and see the Florence Cathedral architecture from up close. This is a great spot for capturing some memorable photos of the panoramic views, the dome and the façade of the Church.

Orsanmichele

Originally built to be a grain market, Orsanmichele became a Church for crafters and traders’ guild near the end of 14th Century. The ducts in the ceiling that were used to pour grain inside are still there for the visitors to see. The building is also accentuated with stained glass windows and a white alter that are worth seeing. The Church is free to visit and is located between the Duomo and Piazza Della Signoria.

Porcellino

When you walk towards Piazza Della Signoria from Orsanmichele, you will pass through a market full of souvenirs and memorabilia. On one side of this market, there is a bronze boar which is called ‘Porcellino’ or the piglet by the Italians. According to the tradition, visitors put a coin in the boar’s mouth and if it spills out, they will have good luck, and if they rub its snout, they will return to Florence.

Uffizi Florence

While you are in Florence, consider visiting the Uffizi Florence which is known to be the most famous museum in Florence. The beautiful building is home to an exclusive collection of art works by famous Italian artists like Giotto and Michelangelo. The museum also houses a good collection of Botticelli’s work, including his 1486 work, The Birth of Venus.