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Florence Duomo Monumental Complex Guided Tour

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Firenze, Italy

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Learn the history and legends behind Florence’s most famous architectural treasures on this 1.5-hour tour of the monuments of the Duomo complex led by an art historian guide. Skip the long lines with reserved entry, and be dazzled by the mosaics, marble, and paintings that adorn St. John’s Baptistery and the Florence Cathedral — capped by Brunelleschi’s famous dome. See even more masterpieces of medieval and Renaissance art with included admission to the new Opera del Duomo museum, and finish with a tasting of Tuscan specialties at a nearby shop.
  • 1.5-hour tour of the famous Duomo Complex in Florence
  • See several of the city's architectural treasures in a single afternoon
  • Visit the Florence Cathedral, St. John’s Baptistery, Giotto's Bell Tower, and Opera del Duomo museum
  • Sample Chianti wine, cheese, and balsamic vinegar
  • Skip the line with reserved entry
  • Led by an art historian guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people
  • Great option for those with limited time
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Professional art historian guide - English speaking
Priority access to the monuments during the guided visit
Ticket valid 72-hours for the Duomo Complex, including Giotto's Bell Tower and Santa Reparata Crypt
Brunelleschi's Dome access

Departure Point

Piazza di San Giovanni, 7, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Departure Time

12:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your art historian guide in front of the Scudieri Cafè in central Florence at noon, and together walk to the nearby Piazza del Duomo, home to several of the city’s most important and iconic monuments. Begin at St. John’s Baptistery, dedicated to the patron saint of Florence and one of the city's oldest buildings. Admire the marble exterior and the ‘Gates of Paradise’ replica bronze doors before stepping inside to gaze up at the shimmering golden mosaics.

Enter the vast Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. One of the largest churches in the world, this Gothic masterpiece is crowned by Brunelleschi’s remarkable dome and features some of the finest surviving examples of Renaissance stained glass. Learn about the engineering secrets and other legends of the dome, and see devotional paintings by Giorgio Vasari, Benedetto da Maiano, Luca Della Robbia, Andrea Del Castagno, and other master artists.

Admire even more Renaissance and medieval art with included admission to the Opera del Duomo museum. See a replica of the cathedral during the time of Dante, the original ‘Gates of Paradise’ doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti, sculptures by Donatello and Michelangelo, and countless other treasures.

At the end of the 1.5-hour visual feast, treat your taste buds with a sampling of three gourmet Tuscan products — balsamic vinegar, cheese, and Chianti wine.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Battistero di San Giovanni
Head first to the Baptistery dedicated to St. John, the Patron Saint of Florence. One of the oldest buildings in Florence (XI century), the dome is decorated in glittering golden mosaics. The outer face is covered in marble and is added to with beautiful bronze doors, including a replica of the doors known as the 'Gates of Paradise.'
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
head inside the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the third largest church in the world. Here, admire the beautiful frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari. See one of the world's most important stained glass window cycles created by the greatest artists of the early Renaissance. You'll also be treated to magnificent works by Baccio Bandinelli, Benedetto da Maiano, Luca Della Robbia, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Andrea Del Castagno and many others. 
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
See a life-size reconstruction of the Cathedral as it was in the times of Dante Alighieri, as well as the sculptures of Arnolfo di Cambio, Donatello and Nanni di Banco. Here you can see the original doors of the Baptistery, including the original gilded 'Gates to Paradise' done by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piazza del Duomo
Enjoy a delicious taste of Chianti Wine and tidbits of cheese with balsamic vinegar!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Campanile di Giotto
Climb the Giotto's Bell Tower at your own pace to enjoy the most incredible views of the city of Florence!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Crypt of Santa Reparata
Inside the Florence Cathedral, free visit after the guided Tour
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The Tour is English only
  • Access to the Cathedral is allowed only if equipped with suitable clothing: is forbidden entry with shorts, bare shoulders, sandals, hats and sunglasses. Access to the Campanile and the museum is not allowed with bulky bags and backpacks. The cloakroom is located at the ticket office of the Museum.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY CAF Tour and Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Florence Duomo Monumental Complex Guided Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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Informative Tour of Duomo
erinebeth
, Oct 2019
I enjoyed this tour - I felt like I got to see the highlights of the Baptistery, Duomo and the museum, the guide was very knowledgeable and provided a good background summary of key historical events, and I really liked the way we got to see some of the original statues and the original Ghiberti doors in the museum at the end, as well as the Michaelangelo Pieta.
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Tour guide’s English difficult to understand
Ann O
, Sep 2019
We went to the Duomo/Baptistry/Museum tour in Florence last weekend. The tour guide seemed very knowledgeable but her English was quite difficult to understand. That was disappointing. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us and we didn't’ Get as much out of it as we could have with a more easily understandable guide.
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Duomo Complex Guided Tour
Explorer14210450318
, May 2019
Highly recommend this tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate and clearly communicated history and stories in a fun and engaging way. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear Explorer14210450318, let us thank you for having booked one of our activities and shared your experience with us and our common readers! We are really glad to see that you enjoyed so much your Duomo Monumental Complex with a licensed English speaking guide. Your review represents the best reward for all the passion that we daily put in our job, since more than 60 years, to provide our customers the most professional and high-quality service and it fills us with great pride! We hope to welcome you again in one of our activities, there's so much more to see and experience! Our Best Regards
star-4
Lots to see
Julie M
, Mar 2019
The tour felt a little but rushed as there was so much to see, covering the Bapistery, the Duomo and the Museum. But it's a good introduction to the 3 sites and the 72-hour ticket gives you plenty of time to go back and do some more detailed study. One point to consider. The guide's accent was very strong and it was sometimes difficult to understand her. Some of the other people taking the tour were not native English speakers and they struggled a bit.
star-5
We had a perfect small group. We...
angelica m r
, Nov 2017
We had a perfect small group. We were even lucky enough to get up close to the Mass Sacristy. The Baptistery is amazing and the museum was awesome.
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Wonderful. Enjoyed ourguid's enthusiasm...
Neci S
, Sep 2017
Wonderful. Enjoyed ourguid's enthusiasm and her knowledge. Highly recommend.
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Facilidade
sfasouza
, Sep 2019
Esta é a melhor maneira de entrar no complexo do Duomo sem pegar filas. Escolhi esse tour porque não queria subir no Duomo, mas queria ficar um tempo maior no museu do Duomo. O passeio é rápido mas tem-se uma visão geral. Só o fato de não ter fila já vale o valor do tour!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear sfasouza, first of all let us thank you for having booked one of our activities and having shared your feedback with us and our common readers. We are very glad to see that you really appreciated your Florence Duomo Monumental Complex Guided Tour. Your review represents the best reward for all the passion that we daily put in our job. We hope to welcome you again in one of our activities, there's so much more to see and experience! Our Best Regards

Product code: 2428P142

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