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After a long period under lockdown, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral -- commonly known as the Duomo in Florence -- reopened to the public 22 June. To ensure safety and social distancing, several measures have been enforced for visitors. A major change is that only online reservations are now accepted.
Here are all the safety measures and regulations in place at the Duomo in Florence:
Iconic in every manner, Santa Maria del Fiore -- commonly known as the Florence Duomo -- encompasses Italian Renaissance within one, towering structure. Best represented by its magnificent red dome, the Duomo was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi back in 1436 and dedicated to Saint Mary (Virgin of the Flowers).
Its architecture and design is intriguing, to say the least; the first thing that greets your sight is the captivating red, green and white marble paneling firmly holding up the renowned Dome. It took an army of blacksmiths, masons, carpenters and stone cutters to complete the construction of the Florence Duomo.
The next time you’re looking to soak in some Renaissance-era art and culture, go ahead and buy a Florence Duomo ticket!
The best way to learn about the architecture and cultural significance of the Duomo is by opting for a guided tour. A professional tour guide, fluent in English, Italian and Spanish will accompany you through your journey up to the Dome, enlightening you with interesting facts and trivia about the landmark. Your guided tour will vary depending on the ticket you purchase; some tours might take you in and around the complex, while others will take you up to the Cupola and/or Terraces.
The Dome, also known as the Cupola, is the most identifiable part of this landmark -- and a must-visit! Not all Florence Duomo tickets include a Cupola climb. It takes about 463 steps to climb up to the top, which gives you a close, personal view of Brunelleschi’s work, including The Last Judgement. While a ticket with Cupola might be priced higher than a regular ticket, the panoramic view of Florence from the top is absolutely worth it.
Owing to its popularity, the Florence Duomo almost always experiences long lines of visitors waiting at the ticket counter and entrance points. The best way to ensure you don’t waste time standing in the long queues is by opting for Florence Duomo skip the line tickets. These tickets not only give you access to most major parts of the structure (depending on the variant of your ticket), but also give you priority access as well.
Reserved entry to Duomo Florence, Museo della Misericordia
Reserved entry to the Duomo, access to climbing the cupola
Access to Santa Maria Del Fiore, Crypt of Santa Reparata, Opera Del Duomo Museum, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Brunelleschi’s Dome
Entry to Crypt of Santa Reparata, Opera Del Duomo Museum, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Brunelleschi’s Dome
Guided tour of the Dome, Cathedral, Crypt, Baptistery, Bell Tower, and the museum
Cancel up to 72 hours in advance for a full refund
Cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund
Cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund
Iconic, awe-inspiring, graceful -- best describes the most-recognizable landmark in the city of Florence: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The city’s beautiful Renaissance-era landscape is overpowered by the red, green, white-tiled facade and towering red dome. Construction took about 150 years under principal architect Arnolfo di Cambio, completed only in 1436. The front facade is adorned with twelve Apostles with St. Mary and Child -- who the Cathedral is dedicated to. Compared to the elaborate exterior, the interiors are minimalistic; the highlight would probably be a fresco of The Last Judgement painted on the underside of the legendary dome.
Brunelleschi’s striking red Dome is an architectural marvel; unlike the regular circular structure that we see in most domes, this particular one has an octagonal design. Brunelleschi envisioned the dome to be free-standing, perched atop the already-constructed cathedral structure. What resulted of his eccentric idea is now one of the major highlights of Florence. It takes 463 steps to get to the top of the dome via a narrow stairway. Taking these steps brings to you an up-close and personal look at the handpainted frescos inside the dome, and once you’re out in the open, a captivating, bird’s eye view of the city.
If you descend down an old stairway at the Duomo, you’ll find yourself at the Crypt of Santa Reparata. Named after an old cathedral in Florence -- that was named after Saint Reparata (a virgin martyr) -- the crypt today contains its preserved ruins that were discovered back in the 20th Century. Visitors can still identify art like mosaics and frescos from all way back in the 8th Century, giving them a better understanding of the city’s landscape and art history. An added bonus of visiting the Crypt? Keep an eye out for Filippo Brunelleschi’s tomb that’s tucked away in a corner.
One of the oldest and most important landmarks in the city of Florence, the Baptistry of San Giovanni (Baptistry of St. John) is a sight for sore eyes. Construction began sometime in 1059 and was completed around 1128. The Baptistry, located directly in front of the Cathedral’s entrance, is designed with a single room within, but the beauty lies in its art and design. Its interior ceiling is designed with an intricate mosaic pattern. The Baptistry’s north, south and east sides are elaborately designed with bronze doors by artists like Ghiberti; the south door depicts ornate artwork of St. John the Baptist.
Located in the same Duomo complex is Giotto’s Campanile, also known as the Bell Tower. Construction of the Campanile began in 1334 under the watchful eye of Giotto, but was completed only in 1359 after his death by Francesco Talenti. It stands tall at about 84 feet and offers panoramic views of the city rivaled probably only by the Dome. The Bell Tower is designed with white, green and red marble and further decorated with artwork by the likes of Donatello and Pisano. The Campanile’s highlight is, of course, the seven hanging bells that each play a different sound.
Florence Duomo opening hours vary based on the day you choose to visit. Timings for each monument in the complex differ; we recommend checking in advance before you visit. General opening hours are between 08:15 AM to 07:30 PM.
The best time to visit the Florence Duomo is early mornings, during weekdays, to avoid larger crowds and long waiting lines.
The Florence train station is less than a km from Piazza del Duomo. From here, a walk to the Duomo would take about 10 minutes.
As part of the rules and regulations at the Florence Duomo, visitors are expected to keep their shoulders, knees covered. Those wearing shorts, short skirts, tank tops, etc., will not be permitted in.
Yes. Photography is permitted inside the Cathedral, Dome and Crypt.
No. Food and drinks are not allowed inside the premises.
Q. Is it safe to visit the Duomo in Florence post-COVID-19?
A. To ensure the safety of its visitors, the Duomo in Florence now accepts only online reservations. Several safety measures and guidelines have also been enforced to ensure the safety of its visitors.
Q. What are the safety measures and guidelines in place at the Duomo in Florence?
A. In light of COVID-19, multiple health and safety measures have been enforced. The Duomo in Florence now accepts only online reservations. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face throughout their entire visit; they will also be subject to temperature checks by thermal scanners before entry. All visitors will be given a wearable social distancing sensor that will produce a sound if 2 meters distance is not maintained.
Q. What is the social distancing device given to visitors at the Duomo in Florence?
A. A social distancing device, wearable as a tag around the neck, is designed with a sensor that is set to flash, vibrate or produce a sound if 2 meters (more than 6 feet) distance is not maintained between visitors inside the premises. This device is provided free of cost to visitors and is to be returned on after completion of their tour. They will be thoroughly disinfected after each use.
Q. Are online Duomo Florence tickets available now?
A. Yes. You can book your Duomo Florence tickets online as they now accept only digital reservations.
Q. What is the cancelation policy for Duomo in Florence tickets?
A. It depends on the Duomo Florence ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.
Q. What are Duomo Florence opening hours post-COVID-19?
A. Duomo Florence hours post COVID-19 vary based on the day you choose to go. General opening hours are from 08:15 AM to 07:30 PM on weekdays and 08:15 AM to 05:00 PM on weekends. However, we recommend that you check the opening hours in advance.
Q. Do I need tickets to enter the Duomo in Florence?
A. Although entrance to the Duomo is free, skip-the-line tickets offer faster access and priority entrance to save you time and money. While entrance to the cathedral itself is free, you need a combined ticket (€19) to visit the dome, the crypt, the baptistery and the campanile. You can purchase skip-the-line tickets for the Duomo here.
Q. What are the advantages of purchasing tickets to the Florence Duomo?
A. A skip-the-line guided tour offers exclusive access to Secret Terraces as well as priority entrance and the company of an expert tour guide. Choose from a host of skip-the-line Duomo tickets here.
Q. Is there a cancellation policy for the Duomo tour tickets?
A. Yes, the Duomo tickets have a cancellation policy of 48 hours in advance for a full refund.
Q. What are the timings to visit the Duomo in Florence?
A. Although the Duomo is generally open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, the timings vary depending on the occasion.
Q. What are the areas of the Duomo that I can access with these tickets?
A. Depending on the tickets you choose, a Florence Duomo guided tour provides access to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with access to the top of the Duomo and the Terrace.
Q. What are some things to do around the Duomo?
A. The Duomo is surrounded by some of Florence’s most popular attractions. Some of the nearby attractions include the Piazza Della Signoria, Orsanmichele, Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery. You can also visit these attractions on a guided tour.
Q. What is the best way to get to the Duomo in Florence?
A. The Duomo is easily accessible by both bus and train. You can either choose to buy a daily pass or buy tickets at the station. Here are a few routes to help you get to the Duomo.
Q. Can I climb the Duomo? How many steps does it take to climb the Duomo?
A. If you are looking for extraordinary views of the city of Florence, we recommend climbing the 463 steps of the Duomo. Since there is no elevator, climb allows for an up close look at Giorgio Vasari’s frescoes.
Q. When do the Duomo bells ring?
A. The Duomo Bell Tower’s bells are rung six times each day: at 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM and noon. The afternoon bells follow the changing moments of sunset through the year, ringing an hour before sunset, at sunset and an hour after sunset.
Q. What are the best restaurants near the Duomo?
A. Since the Duomo is located in the central district of Florence, there is no dearth of dining options. If you’re looking for some authentic Florentine cuisine with a rustic ambience, head to Terra Terra.