A fully guided three-hour tour designed to take in all the sights of the cathedral complex: the Duomo, the Baptistery and the Cathedral Muesum of Works.
This is a small group tour - never more than 15 people - that will see you accompanied by your English speaking tour guide; the tour heads off at 9.30 in the morning and runs all year round, every Monday during winter and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at other times.
The tour lasts around three hours and begins with a visit to the Baptistery (the oldest building of the group) and the magnificent doors there, one by Pisano and two by Ghiberti, including the famous 'Gates of Paradise'.
Pausing to admire Giotto's Bell Tower, it's on to the cathedral itself where you'll be given 15 minutes on your own for picture taking opportunities before meeting up to move on to the museum of the cathedral and associated works.
The museum houses more than 750 sculptures and relief works in bronze, silver and marble, such as Michelangelo's famous pieta, Donatello’s Magdalene, the reconstructed facade by Arnolfo di Cambio and the original bronze doors by Lorenzo 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.
Please 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. There is a small reduction in ticket price for children under the age of twelve.
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