The Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral – commonly known as the Florence Duomo – has reopened its doors to the public in 2021. To ensure safety and social distancing, several measures have been implemented for visitors.
Here's everything you need to know before your visit:
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
Florence Duomo opening hours are as follows: The Cathedral is open from 10:15 AM to 04:15 PM between Monday to Friday; it is closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. The Dome is open from 12:45 PM to 06:45 PM between Monday to Friday, with final entry at 06:00 PM; it is closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
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.
The Florence Duomo reopened to the public in 2021 following a closure due to the pandemic. For the safety of its visitors, the Duomo now accepts only online reservations and has administered several health measures in place.
Since the Duomo's reopening in 2021, multiple health and safety measures have been implemented in light of COVID-19. They now accept only online reservations. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face throughout their entire visit; they will also undergo temperature checks before entry. All visitors will be given a wearable social distancing sensor that will produce a sound if 2 meters distance is not maintained.
Yes. The Duomo is only accepting online reservations now. You can book your Florence Duomo tickets online.
This 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.
The Cathedral and Brunelleschi's Dome is open to the public in 2021. The Giotto's Bell Tower, Baptistry of San Giovanni, Crypt of San Reparata, and the Opera Museum will remain closed until further notice.
Yes, Florence Duomo tickets do include skip-the-line access, allowing visitors to bypass the waiting lines and head straight to security check.
The Cathedral can be accessed for free, but tickets are required to go up to the Dome.
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.
The Cathedral is open from 10:15 AM to 04:15 PM between Monday to Friday and is closed on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays.
The Dome is open from 12:45 PM to 06:45 PM between Monday to Friday, with final entry at 06:00 PM; it is closed on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays.
Yes, guests can climb up to the Duomo. It takes 463 steps to climb up.
You can take a train or bus to the Piazza del Duomo, from here it’s a few minutes walking distance to the venue.