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.
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.
Although entrance to the Duomo is free, skip-the-line tickets offer faster access and priority entrance to save you time and money. While entrance to the cathedral itself is free, you need a combined ticket (€19) to visit the dome, the crypt, the baptistery and the campanile. You can purchase skip-the-line tickets for the Duomo here.
A skip-the-line guided tour offers exclusive access to Secret Terraces as well as priority entrance and the company of an expert tour guide. Choose from a host of skip-the-line Duomo tickets here.
Yes, the Duomo tickets have a cancellation policy of 48 hours in advance for a full refund.
Although the Duomo is generally open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, the timings vary depending on the occasion.
The tickets to enter the Duomo start at €19. Head here to choose from a host of Duomo ticket packages.
Depending on the tickets you choose, a Florence Duomo guided tour provides access to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with access to the top of the Duomo and the Terrace.
The Duomo is surrounded by some of Florence’s most popular attractions. Some of the nearby attractions include the Piazza Della Signoria, Orsanmichele, Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery. You can also visit these attractions on a guided tour.
If you are looking for extraordinary views of the city of Florence, we recommend climbing the 463 steps of the Duomo. Since there is no elevator, climb allows for an up close look at Giorgio Vasari’s frescoes.
The Duomo Bell Tower’s bells are rung six times each day: at 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM and noon. The afternoon bells follow the changing moments of sunset through the year, ringing an hour before sunset, at sunset and an hour after sunset.
Since the Duomo is located in the central district of Florence, there is no dearth of dining options. If you’re looking for some authentic Florentine cuisine with a rustic ambience, head to Terra Terra.