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Florence: Duomo Complex Guided Tour

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    Piazza del Duomo ("Cathedral Square") is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence, (Tuscany - Italy). It is one of the most visited places in Europe and the world and in Florence, the most visited area of the city. The square contains the Florence Cathedral with the Cupola del Brunelleschi, the Giotto's Campanile, the Florence Baptistery, the Loggia del Bigallo, the Opera del Duomo Museum, and the Arcivescovile and Canonici's palace. The west zone of this square is called Piazza San Giovanni.

    Pass By: Piazza del Duomo, 50122, Florence Italy

    Opera del Duomo Museum: the greatest treasures from the Cathedral Complex are brilliantly displayed in this incredible Museum. Take a step back in time and explore Florence of the past in the huge hall of the museum where we'll see a life-size reconstruction of the Cathedral Facade as it was in the early Renaissance, decorated with original sculpture by early masters including Donatello. The space is also the reconstruction of the original square between the Duomo and the Baptistery with the original bronze doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Learn the secrets behind one of the last sculptures of Michelangelo intended to be placed on his own tomb and learn why he attacked it with the hammer.

    Duration: 50 minutes

    Location: Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Piazza del Duomo 9, 50122, Florence Italy

    Built by Filippo Brunelleschi who won the competition for its commission in 1418, the dome is egg-shaped and was made without scaffolding. The raising of this dome, the largest in the world in its time, was no easy architectural feat. At the base of the dome, just above the drum, Baccio d'Agnolo began adding a balcony in 1507. One of the eight sides was finished by 1515, when someone asked Michelangelo - whose artistic opinion was by this time taken as cardinal law - what he thought of it. The master reportedly scoffed, "It looks like a cricket cage." Work was immediately halted, and to this day the other seven sides remain rough brick

    Pass By: Cupola del Brunelleschi, Piazza del Duomo Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, 50122, Florence Italy

    (By your own without Guide) The bell tower of Santa Maria del Fiore was begun by Giotto in 1334, carried on after his death by Andrea Pisano, and finished in 1359 by Francesco Talenti, who created the large windows at the upper levels. The sculptural decoration of the tower is extremely rich: 56 relief carvings in two registers, and 16 life-size statues in the niches, all by Florentine masters of the l4th and l5th century (among whom Andrea Pisano, Donatello, Luca Della Robbia).

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Location: Giotto's Bell Tower, Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

    Step inside one of the oldest monuments of Florence with its dazzling original 12th-century golden mosaics, the very place where Dante himself was baptised. Even nowadays the Baptistery maintains its original religious function: Florentines still baptise their children in its 13th-century baptismal font. Learn the story behind the bronze doors of the Baptistery, famous for giving the start to the Renaissance and how Michelangelo himself admired the so-called “Gates of Paradise” by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Later you will be able to see the original gates inside the Duomo museum.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Location: The Baptistery of St. John, Piazza San Giovanni, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

    (By your own without guide) Santa Reparata is the former cathedral of Florence, Italy. Its name refers to Saint Reparata, an early virgin martyr who is the co-patron saint of Florence. The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore was constructed over it.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Location: Crypt of Santa Reparata, Piazza Duomo, 50122, Florence Italy

    (Guided Tour includes exterior of Cathedral)

    Gazing at the magnificent facade of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, learn how ambitious Florentines managed to build the biggest church in the world in the 14th century. The Cathedral has always been at the center of Florentine life, even during its darkest moments. Learn how it was a stage for one of the most horrible murders in the 15th century. Discover the secrets of the construction of one of the biggest domes in the world – the marvel of Filippo Brunelleschi. See where the David by Michelangelo was meant to be originally placed. (Guided Tour includes exterior of Cathedral)

    Pass By: Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Via della Canonica, 1 Piazza del Duomo, 50122, Florence Italy
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    The Duomo Cupola Guided Tour is a must if you go to Florence, the views are amazing, worth while the climb. Our Tour guide Martina was great she was really informative and knew a lot about the history of Florence and the Medici's. I would...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Irina_in_Florence, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Visit Europa Today, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Good morning!! It is a pleasure to hear from you! Thank you so much for your feedback! I am very glad to receive such a wonderful review from you! I am really happy you enjoyed the climbing up with me! Big hugs, Your guide, Martina...More

    Reviewed 18 July 2019 via mobile

    Me and my boyfriend went on the tour with Manuel. It was absolutely fantastic from start to finish the history of this beautiful cathedral is amazing well worth the visit. Manuel our guided tour was very friendly and made the tour very interesting. Thankyou for...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Reviewed 15 July 2019

    We were told that the ticket does not include access to the Duomo dome even though the tour description clearly say that it does. After some discussion we were given a different ticket that allowed access, but as a consequense we needed to skip the...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Poul V
    Reviewed 10 May 2019 via mobile

    Simply amazing and fascinating 90-minute tour of the Duoma & museum, MANUEL. Thanks for opening our eyes to both the rich history of Florence and the detailed and rich history of the cathedral construction...mixed with well-timed humor yet great respect for the lessons of Firenza...More

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    Reviewed 8 May 2019

    We booked last minute & it was so easy & the staff were extremely helpful. We had a great time with this Duomo complex tou.

    Date of experience: May 2019
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