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Florence: Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, & Bell Tower

1. Florence: Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, & Bell Tower

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: 3-Hour Segway Tour

2. Florence: 3-Hour Segway Tour

Driving your own Segway Personal Transporter (PT) through the streets of Florence is the perfect way to appreciate the distinguished and cultural atmosphere of a town that expresses the origins of the Italian Renaissance. After you are familiarized with your Segway PT, we will make our way to Florence’s historic center. Experience all the major sites as you glide down the ancient streets while listening to your tour guide on your headphones. Along the way you will get a chance to see and learn about the Strozzi palace, one of the most celebrated examples of Florentine Renaissance’s palaces. After this we will take a ride to Via de’ Tornabuoni, which marks the ancient Roman walls’ western path, and take a look at the shops that represent the most famous brands of Italian fashion. Then we move on to see Florence's fascinating Dome with its characteristic bell tower before finally making our way back to the Baptistery, with the world-famous Paradise Gate on its Eastern side.

Florence: Dan Brown's Inferno 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. Florence: Dan Brown's Inferno 2-Hour Walking Tour

On this 2-hour guided walking tour you’ll follow in the footsteps of Robert Langdon, the main protagonist in Inferno, Dan Brown’s latest best-selling novel. Set on the streets and in the districts of Florence, this is an authentic and original program that takes you to locations that are intimately associated with the book. Your guide will reveal the secrets of the Inferno by telling you about the mysteries of Dante, the Florence Cathedral, the Gates of Paradise, the undiscovered sites of Pallazzo della Signoria and other monuments on the route through Florence. The story will unfold as your guide takes you to the medieval squares and along the streets of this atmospheric Renaissance city.

Florence: Duomo Monumental Complex Guided Tour

4. Florence: Duomo Monumental Complex Guided Tour

Discover the architectural wonders of the Florence Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Bell Tower on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Duomo complex. Afterwards, you can use your ticket to enter Santa Reparata's crypt and climb up to the magnificent Giotto's Bell Tower to enjoy the most amazing views of the city. With an art historian as your guide you’ll begin your tour at the 11th-century Baptistery of San Giovanni, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, which features the famous Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Admire Giotto's elegant Bell Tower and then visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, dominated by the majestic dome by Brunelleschi. Marvel at the magnificent frescoes by the workshop of Giorgio Vasari. Learn the secrets of Brunelleschi’s celebrated Dome, the largest masonry construction ever built and 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, 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. 

Florence: Bell Tower, Baptistery & Duomo Museum Tour

5. Florence: Bell Tower, Baptistery & Duomo Museum Tour

Discover stunning views of Florence with a guided tour of Giotto’s Bell Tower. See where many famous figures were baptized at the The Baptistery of St. John, and admire artwork by Renaissance masters at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. This tour begins at Giotto’s amazing Bell Tower, which is almost as tall as the Dome itself. At the top of the Campanile, your tour guide will tell you about the Opera del Duomo complex. Admire the unbelievable view from the top. Next, descend the tower and explore the Cathedral's beautiful exterior. Make a stop at the Baptistery to see its famous golden vault doors and hear the story behind them. This is where Dante Alighieri, one of the most famous Renaissance poets, and many more Renaissance men were baptized. Then head to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo to see the original masterpieces that once stood in the cathedral. Inside the museum are Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini, the Cantories of Donatello, Luca della Robbia, and the so-called "Facciatone", which is Arnolfo’s 14th-century life-size facade. See the original Ghiberti's Paradise Gate, Donatello's Magdalene, and the original decorations of Giotto's. 

Florence: Medieval & Renaissance Walking Tour

6. Florence: Medieval & Renaissance Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Tuscan capital with a local guide. Explore the neighborhood of San Lorenzo, where you can admire the Basilica of S. Lorenzo, the church of the Medici family, and the Medici Chapels. Begin with a visit to the elegant cloister, a green oasis of peace in the heart of the Medici district. Then, take in the beauty of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi and reach Piazza del Duomo.  Marvel at the striking cathedral with Brunelleschi's dome and Giotto's bell tower. See the Baptistery of Saint John with the Gates of Paradise. Next, stroll along the Arno River to reach the Ponte Vecchio, the famous "Jewelry Bridge". Continue to the picturesque Mercato della Paglia and the Fontana del Porcellino. Finally, go to Piazza Della Signoria, a marvelous outdoor sculpture museum, dominated by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio.

Florence: Inferno Film Tour from Rome

7. Florence: Inferno Film Tour from Rome

Visit the center of Florence through the eyes of Robert Langdon, the famous Harvard University symbolist born from Dan Brown's books. Retracing the steps of the movie Inferno, you will revive the culture and the history of one of the most famous towns of Italy, discovering the mysteries that lie behind the Florentine art. The underlying theme of the tour will be the Dante's Inferno, which will take you from the Porta Romana up to the Boboli Gardens, through the famous Ponte Vecchio to Piazza Della Signoria taking a look at the ingenious Vasarian Corridor, and from the House of Dante to the Baptistery of St John with its Paradise door.  You will spend a wonderful day by solving the puzzles of an intricate plot with no clearly defined boundaries between fiction and reality, in which not only the medieval  and Renaissance buildings but also their inhabitants, such as Dante, Boccaccio, and Beatrice, will frame the events of Langdon and Sienna during their visit to this unforgettable city.

From Montecatini: Treasures of Florence Walking Tour

8. From Montecatini: Treasures of Florence Walking Tour

Start your day in Montecatini and take the train to Florence (tickets are included and will be sent by email). Upon arrival in Florence, meet our guide and start the guided tour. Learn why the David is the most recognizable symbol of Florence and what it used to represent in his time. How did the genius of Michelangelo meet the challenge of extracting the pathos of a being and fixing it forever in time in the Pietà? Why do the famous Prisoners seem to try and struggle free from their marble blocks? You will have the answers to all your questions. Get the chance to have a close encounter with timeless works of art, and get the inside story of the life and times of this consummate artist. After the guided tour, you will have some free time to wander around on your own and some free time to have lunch (not included).  In the afternoon, you will enjoy an excellent and complete introductory tour dedicated to those who want to know all the facts and secrets of two thousand years of Florentine history: from the city’s Roman origins, to a 15th century palace; from the Ponte Vecchio through the famous Uffizi courtyard, to the architectural wonders of Brunelleschi’s Dome, which overlooks the Baptistery golden ‘Gates of Paradise’. After the walking tour, you will visit one of the most famous museums in the world: the Uffizi Gallery. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the works of the greatest artists from the Middle Ages. You will recognize original world-famous paintings that you have seen in books, magazines, and on TV close-ups. You will learn about the secrets of the artists' craft, techniques and tools. Looking at the most famous artworks of the period, you will be able to understand why Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance. The tour ends in the Uffizi Gallery, where you will have the chance to stay longer in the gallery and wander around by your own. Your visit to Italy would be incomplete if you did not visit these world-famous galleries. After the tour, make your way back to Montecatini with the train.

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What people are saying about Porta del Paradiso

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Angelo was a great guide, beyond knowledgeable, and hilarious! Extremely engaging tour for those wanting to really learn about Florence and especially the Statue of David! Book this tour with David!

Laura is great, very knowledgeable and friendly. She showed us so much about Florence, and I am extremely glad that we have her as our tour guide. Thank you Laura

Sylvia was prompt, very friendly, and very knowledgeable of the history and significance of the sights. Would definitely recommend!

Paola was an outstanding tour guide:humble, knowledgeable, passionate, and extremely generous with her time. I learned tons!

Maria was a very knowledgeable and personable guide! We enjoyed her leading us through the academia!