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Florence Duomo: Skip the Line Tour with Cupola Climb

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  • Get skip-the-line access to the enigmatic Florence Duomo and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city from the Duomo cupola, the highest point in all of Florence.
  • Learn about the cathedral’s rich history, its architecture and the troves of artistic treasure it holds.
  • Enjoy an intimate tour of the Duomo Cupola with smaller groups for a private and engaging experience.
  • Explore the Duomo to your heart’s content with this experience that allows you to spend as much time inside the Duomo as you like after your tour.
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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.