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Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore Tickets with Dome Climb

1. Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore Tickets with Dome Climb

Discover the beauty of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral during an exclusive adventure. Admire the 13th-century gothic church, a pearl of Florentine architecture and which now is considered the 4th biggest church in Europe. Enjoy unforgettable views and incredible stories of the 2nd largest Duomo in Italy. Walk up the historic 463 steps and marvel at the beautiful city of Florence from an entirely different perspective. See famous frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari. Walk around the Santa Reparata Crypt and learn about the cathedral's history in the Museum of the Duomo. Climb at your own pace to the very top of the largest dome in the world built by Brunelleschi. Rest at the top, and take in one of the most amazing views of Florence. In the interior, marvel at the 16th-century frescos painted by Vasari and Zuccari.

Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour

2. 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, Duomo Museum, and Baptistery Tour

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

Visit the key religious monuments at Duomo Square in Florence with pre-reserved tickets. 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 iconic 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. Enter the Cathedral of Florence from a separate line for small groups. 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: Climbing Tour of Brunelleschi’s Dome

4. Florence: Climbing Tour of Brunelleschi’s Dome

Skip the line with this tour of the Florence Cathedral and its famous cupola. Discover the history behind the Duomo of Florence, the Cupola, and Brunelleschi’s ahead-of-his-time innovations in engineering this 150 X 80 ft. wonder. An expert guide unveils the treasures within Florence Cathedral – works of art including Dante Before the City of Florence by Domenico di Michelino, Uccello’s famous clock, busts of Giotto and Brunelleschi, and decorative works by Donatello, Andrea del Castagno, and Gaddo Gaddi. Inside, discover one of the most elaborate stained-glass windows in Italy. As you climb all 463 steps to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, you’ll see another masterpiece close up – Zuccari and Vasari’s famous fresco. The day ends with panoramic views of Tuscany.

Florence: Baptistery, Duomo Museum, Cathedral, & Belltower

5. 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: Cupola Climb Tour with Duomo Complex Entry Tickets

6. 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 Florence in front of your eyes. Listen to the history and art of this Duomo Square and answer any of your questions regarding Duomo. Enrich your tour with optional additions: • Gelato Tasting Voucher: Savor the flavors of local gelato with a gelato tasting voucher to use anytime after your tour at the Italian dessert shop La Strega Nocciola Gelateria Artigianale. • Wine Tasting: If you have a special love for all that is Italian, add a Tuscan wine tasting to your experience. Spend time with a wine expert and taste five different Tuscany wines while enjoying a platter of Tuscan Appetizers.

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

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

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

Join your guide on a comprehensive tour of the Duomo Complex in Florence, where you'll see the key landmarks in the heart of the Tuscan capital's religious hub. Enter the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore from a separate line for small groups. Marvel at the breathtaking art and architecture. Learn about the history and significance of this iconic landmark. Uncover its secrets and hidden gems alongside an expert guide. Gain priority access to the octagonal Baptistery of St. John in Florence, renowned for its magnificent golden mosaic ceiling and striking bronze doors famously called the Gates of Paradise. Admire the intricate relief work on the decorative panels. Explore the magnificent Duomo Museum in Florence, home to an impressive collection of priceless art and artifacts from the city's rich history. With your knowledgeable guide, discover fascinating exhibits such as the original wooden scaffolding used in constructing the iconic dome. See Donatello's breathtaking sculptures and the renowned Gates of Paradise from the Baptistery. Take the time to admire Michelangelo's Pietà and other incredible works of art while learning about their history and significance from your expert guide. With your pre-reserved timed tickets, enjoy priority access to climb the 463 steps of the famous Brunelleschi's Dome, the highlight of the Florence Cathedral Complex. As you ascend, marvel at the 150-foot wide arched structure constructed 180 feet above the ground without scaffolding. Inside, appreciate the stunning frescoes of The Last Judgment by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, considered to be among the largest fresco paintings in the world. At the top of the Dome, soak up the best experience in the city with breathtaking views of Tuscany and Florence. Your Brunelleschi Pass is valid for 72 hours, giving you the opportunity to fully explore all elements of the Duomo Complex.

Florence: Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore Guided Tour

9. Florence: Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore Guided Tour

Take in new vantage points of Florence with your guide. See cathedrals and mosaics from centuries ago, then climb the Giotto Bell Tower for the ultimate view of the city. First, discover the beauty of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral during an exclusive adventure. Admire the 13th-century gothic church, a pearl of Florentine architecture and which now is considered the 4th biggest church in Europe. Then, find out about how the 13th century represented the golden age of Florence. Learn about this period of political and economic growth that needed to be shown off as an incredible monument. Finally, explore the oldest mosaics of Florence decorating the dome of the famous Baptistery of St. John. Learn the fascinating stories of Florentines that took inspiration from the oldest building in Florence. Climb the Giotto Bell Tower after the guided tour.

Florence: Cathedral and Crypt Tour with Giotto Tower Ticket

10. Florence: Cathedral and Crypt Tour with Giotto Tower Ticket

Join a guided tour of the Florence Cathedral and the Crypt of Santa Reparata and explore the Giotto bell tower and Brunelleschi's Dome. Skip the ticket line and marvel at the panoramic views of the city. Meet your guide and save precious time as you walk past the long line to enter the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Discover the golden age of Florence as you explore the city's most important landmark and the fourth-largest church in the world. Explore the Crypt of Santa Reparata, the remains of the old cathedral located beneath Santa Maria del Fiore. Then, learn about the work of some of the most remarkable gothic and renaissance masters that helped create the Florence Cathedral. Learn about the oldest and most venerated building in Florence, the Baptistery of St. John. Marvel at the stunning golden mosaics covering the internal dome and apses of the Baptistery. Finally, take the opportunity to climb to the highest point in Florence, walking up the 463 steps that lead to the very top of Brunelleschi's Dome. Pass between the double dome while admiring the finest architectural masterpiece built in the 15th century. Your effort will be rewarded when you reach the lantern of the dome, where you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the city of Florence.

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based on 6,157 reviews

The experience was just as described, and very good. Several people turned up late and didn't understand the nature of the tour, causing a delay but our guide was very professional with them and later thanked the rest of us for our patience. The frescoes inside were explained very well, and we had a good amount of time up on the cupola terrace. I found I could not always hear the sound through the earpiece as we climbed up and down the staircase but that may have been due to the stone structure.

Very interesting tour with a very knowledgeable guide (Victoria I think). It was well worth paying to be fast tracked to the front of the queue. Our guide was friendly and happy to answer all questions and you can stay in the Duomo after the tour for as long as you want, so we were able to go back and look at things again, feeling that we had a little bit of knowledge about them.

Marcello was great! We had two teens with us and he was entertaining, HILARIOUS, and full of great historical facts about Florence, the Medici, Dante Aligheri's childhood home and Palazzo Pitti.

The tour was terrific. Jemma was really fascinating and she helped a lot to understand in depth the magnitude of Duomo and its architecture as well as the whole history behind it.

This was a good tour but be prepared to wait in some long lines.