Florence,
the cathedral.

Guided tours of the duomo and surrounds.

 
Dominating central Florence is the magnificent Duomo (cathedral) and it's dome by Brunelleschi, along with the adjacent clock tower and baptistery.
“Our tour guide definitely loved Florence, and he explained the history of each of the buildings and pointed the most important works of art. It was a comprehensible tour at our pace - exactly the type of tour I like! Thank you very much for the wonderful experience!”
GF, United States
“A wonderful tour, conducted by a knowledgable and passionate advocate for the history of Florence and its precious churches, museums and art.” JM, Australia

“Guide was very knowledgeable, pleasant and helpful. Made a group tour seem more like a private tour.” MS, USA

Book guided tours of Florence Cathedral and the other splendid buildings that comprise the very heart of Renaissance Florence.

Florence Cathedral - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore - more commonly known as 'Il Duomo' or 'Il Duomo di Firenze' is the main church of Florence, and the building that dominates the skyline, Brunelleschi's dome - Cupola - appearing as it does at the end of the vista presented by countless streets leading into the centre of town.

The exterior is faced with layer after layer of coloured - green, white and pink - marble, with the inside being a vast, seemingly empty, gothic chamber.

The cathedral, when referenced, is typically grouped together with the complex of buildings that include the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile, belltower; not for nothing are these three buildings grouped as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The buttons below will give greater detail on the tickets and tours we offer throughout the year, but some only run certain days of the week, some are seasonal, so do use our calendar to check availability!


Opening times

  • The cathedral is open seven days a week and has typical opening hours of 10.00 AM until 4.30 PM, 1.30 PM to 4.30 PM on Sundays. Clearly this is a working church, and times will be amended according to the liturgical schedule.
  • The Cupola, Baptistery and Campanile (Clock tower) have longer hours, typically from around 8.30 AM to 7.00 PM, although there are always slight variations to this.
  • The cathedral museum is typically open from 9.00 AM to 7.00 PM - note that it is always closed on the first Tuesday of every month.

4.7 stars out of 5 from 27 ratings. See all 23 reviews

5 stars
JD, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
17th Mar 2019
A great tour and tour guide. So knowledgable, clear, concise, patient and a local too!!
5 stars
GF, United States
2nd Feb 2019
Our tour guide was at the meeting point on time. He had our tickets to visit different parts of the complex and he reserved the time to climb the dome shortly after the end of our tour (the tour started at 9 am and the time to climb was 12:30). Our group was very small (5 people), so it was very easy to interact with our guide. We visited all the buildings. Our tour guide definitely loved Florence, and he explained the history of each of the buildings and pointed the most important works of art. It was a comprehensible tour at our pace - exactly the type of tour I like! Thank you very much for the wonderful experience!
5 stars
JK, Lebanon
6th Jul 2018
After being late my friend and I, we gained tge site ASAP amd the guide and coordinator welcomed us with pleasure and we continued the tour with the group as planned and they gave us directions to continue tge tour on our own. We were very surprised by their reaction especially that we were late. They were very professional and with great hospitality
5 stars
CL, United States
2nd Jun 2018
Great guide. Easy to find. Would have missed so much if we had not had the guided tour of the baptistery.
5 stars
MR Michael Rodic, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
2nd Jun 2018
Federica, the tour guide made this so enjoyable. The tour of the baptistry and external tour of the Duomo was very good but the museum tour surpassed even that.
5 stars
NS, United States
16th Jan 2018
The guide tour, she is phenomenon, we learned a lot history from her. We are definitely do again and book more tours in our next visit to Italy!

The short video below gives a flavour of the Cathedral and surrounding buildings in the heart of Florence: