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Book guided tours of Florence Cathedral and the other splendid buildings that comprise the very heart of Renaissance Florence.
The cathedral complex IS the heart of Florence, Brunelleschi's dome beckoning you inwards, the visitor inevitably gravitating towards this amazing collection of buildings and their museum. Opt for a tour of 'just' the cathedral complex, one that sees you visiting the master stonemasons in their timeless workshop, or one that offers a priviliged view of the incredible Baptistery
Simply select the ideal date for your visit by clicking on the calendar to the left*.
Once you've selected a date on the calendar we'll show you the ticket options that are available, one or more of which may be of interest to you.
A fully guided tour of the Duomo, the museum, the Baptistery and ticket for the Cupola (dome) and the Campanile, Giotto's bell-tower.
This guided tour, lasting roughly two and a half hours, will give you a privileged insight into the history and the majesty of this incredible concentration of wonders. Group size will never be more than 15 people, all tours are in English, include all entrance tickets, and start at 2.00 PM in high season and 10.00 AM over the winter.
The tour covers: the Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery), the Duomo di Firenze (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore), both the interior and exterior, and the Museo del Duomo, (cathedral museum). You'll also view the so called 'Gates of Paradise' by Ghiberti.
You'll also be given a cumulative ticket that gives entrance to all of the above as well as Brunelleschi's dome (cupola) and the Campanile (Giotto's bell tower) that is valid for 24 hours from first use. This is important because it will give you independent access to the cupola and campanile, not itself included as part of the tour. So, tour plus ticket to enjoy the cupola as well as amazing views of the cathedral dome - cupola - from the top of the bell tower.
The tour runs on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays in low season, every day except Sunday in high season. Please note that on the first Saturday of the month the interior of the Baptistery is closed to visitors. Children under the age of eight may not take part in this tour, and those between the ages of 8 and 12 receive slightly discounted tickets. If the group numbers more than 8 people then you'll be listening to your guide over provided ear sets.
Please also note that since the tour includes a visit to religious buildings there is a strict dress code - please do not wear shorts, sleeveless tee-shirts or other inappropriate clothing or you may be denied entry.
Florence Cathedral, Baptistery & stonemason’s workshop
Peel away the centuries with this unique tour and see just how stonemasons have worked - and are still working - to create and maintain this amazing complex of buildings.
You’ll be given an insight into the behind the scenes work that goes on today, still using and respecting old techniques, work vital to maintain the incredible heritage that is the decorative carving and monumental sculpture of Florence’s cathedral and adjacent buildings.
It’s not, of course, the actual buildings used by Michelangelo when creating David, but the workshops are the natural successors to this legacy, and many of the processes and, indeed, tools, in use would not be alien to the great master. The ‘Scalpellini’ - chisellers - you’ll watch at their work are great artists themselves - who else could be trusted with the maintenance of such a treasure trove of great works?
The tour lasts around 90 minutes and also takes in both the Cathedral and Baptistery, where you’ll be shown just how and where the work of these craftsmen is so vital. The tour is in English and your group will not number more than 20 people - more often than not it will be a smaller group. Tours run on Mondays. Wednesdays and Fridays at 12.00 PM. As ever in Italy, when visiting religious buildings in Italy, please dress respectfully - no bare shoulders or legs.
Florence - special tour of the Baptistery and Cathedral
The Baptistery is actually the oldest of the incredible complex of buildings at the heart of Florence and this tour will take you back in time to the origins of the city.
A masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, the Baptistery is dedicated to San Giovanni, the Patron Saint of Florence, and is jaw-droppingly ornate, not least for the interior of the domed roof entirely covered with Byzantine mosaics.
The tour takes you up to the so-called ‘Women’s Gallery’ from where you’ll be able to admire the ceiling mosaics from a lot closer than those down below and you’ll also be given a unique vantage point from where to admire the inlaid marble flooring. An ascent to the attic of the building will see the secrets of the architecture of the roof, inspiration for Brunelleschi’s revolutionary dome in the adjacent cathedral.
The tour lasts around 90 minutes and your expert guide will recount the history of the Baptistery, the famous bronze doors with their intricate carving (Pisano and Ghiberti) and you’ll also be taken into the Duomo, Florence Cathedral, to round off this unique tour.
The tour runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4.30 PM.
HOW YOU'LL GET YOUR TICKETS:
To reserve tickets for a tour of the Florence Cathedral complex, just fill out the booking form, supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. Once we confirm your reservation we'll then point you to our secure page, where you can print out your voucher. Print it out, take it with you and present it at the pre-arranged meeting point. As simple as that!
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