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Florence Duomo: Skip the Line Tour with Cupola Climb

Guided Tour
Skip the line
Exclusive
  • Get skip-the-line access to the enigmatic Florence Duomo and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city from the Duomo cupola, the highest point in all of Florence.
  • Learn about the cathedral’s rich history, its architecture and the troves of artistic treasure it holds.
  • Enjoy an intimate tour of the Duomo Cupola with smaller groups for a private and engaging experience.
  • Explore the Duomo to your heart’s content with this experience that allows you to spend as much time inside the Duomo as you like after your tour.
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Florence Duomo Guided Tour With Reserved Entrance

Reserved Entry
Flexible Cancellation Policy
Mobile Tickets
  • Gain entry to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, popularly known as the Florence Duomo with these reserved entry tickets, and enjoy a guided tour of the city’s most iconic landmark with your local guide.
  • Enjoy an exclusive 30 minute guided tour of the Duomo and learn all about Brunelleschi built the impressive dome. Follow your guide as you marvel at the vaulted ceilings, intricate stained-glass windows and beautiful frescos inside the Florence Duomo.
  • This guided tour is available in English, Spanish, and Italian along with headsets to make sure you don’t miss a word!
  • Reduced Prices are available as per slot and time of experience chosen. Please check the booking page for further information.
  • You may cancel up to 72 hours in advance for a full refund.
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Exclusive Tour of Florence Duomo with Dome and Secret Terraces Access

Dome & Terrace
Exclusive Guided Tour
Skip The Line
  • Enjoy unparalleled aerial views of Florence on this guided tour of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with access to the top of the Duomo and the Terrace.
  • Your tour group will be small and intimate for a wholesome, immersive experience of the Duomo, led by your professional English-speaking guide who will help you discover fantastic works of art such as Vasari’s frescos, Bandinelli’s marble choir and Paolo Uccello’s clock.
  • Make the most of your visit with your 48-hour tickets to the Duomo Complex that give you access to the Museo Dell’Opera Del Duomo, Crypt of Santa Reparata, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and Giotto’s Tower.
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Guided Tour of Duomo Monumental Complex with Duomo Museum

Local Guided Tour
Skip The Line
Wine Tasting
  • Delve into Florence’s culture and history on this comprehensive guided tour of Piazza del Duomo where your professional guide will help you explore these monuments that house numerous treasures.
  • Skip the long ticket queues and enjoy priority access to explore the fantastic works of art and stunning architecture of St. John's Baptistery, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the Museum of the Works of the Cathedral.
  • Eminent artists and sculptors such as Nanni di Banco have their prized works of art housed here for you to admire on this excellent tour that concludes with some authentic Chianti wine and cheese tasting as well!
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The Cathedral of Florence or Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is among the largest masonry structures ever built in the world. Designed originally by Arnolfo di Cambio, the base of the monument is large enough to cover half a football field. The red dome that gives the Cathedral its more common name, The Duomo, was designed by early Renaissance architect Fillipo Brunelleschi. It was also the world’s largest dome when construction for this Pantheon inspired component of the Cathedral finished in the year 1436. This Cathedral was built on the site where Saint Reparata once stood, signifying the growing importance of Florence and its emergence as a centre of art, culture, and prosperity.

History & Architecture

The Florence Cathedral that we see today is a culmination of artistic imaginations of many great artists and architects. Arnolfo di Cambio submitted the design for the Cathedral in the year 1296, and its construction began under the supervision of Francesco Talenti. The Church was consecrated by Pope Eugene IV in 1436 after the completion of the Dome, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. The fresco on the inside of the dome depicts the last Judgement and was painted in colourful strokes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari between 1572 and 1579.

The beautiful designs in white, pink, and green marble that form the façade of the Cathedral was added between 1871 and 1887. It complements the bell tower which was designed by Giotto di Bondone in 1334 but it was completed first by Andrea Pisano, who also designed the relief decorations on the tower. Later, Francesco Talenti oversaw its construction and was finally completed in 1359.

Duomo Florence Highlights

  • The first aspect you will notice is the large octagonal red dome of the Florence Cathedral.
  • The delicate white, pink, and green marble carvings that form the Façade of the Church is an example of fine craftsmanship.
  • The depiction of the Last Judgement on the interior of the dome.
  • Double-shells of the dome.
  • The lantern hanging from the dome.
  • Clock on the inside of the Church, right above the entrance.
  • The crypt where Brunelleschi was buried upon his death in 1446.
  • 463 stairs of Florence’s Duomo for stellar panoramic views.

FAQs

1. Do I need tickets to enter the Duomo in Florence?

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 to visit the dome, the crypt, the baptistery and the campanile. You can purchase skip-the-line tickets for the Duomo here.

2. What are the advantages of purchasing tickets to the Florence Duomo?

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.

3. Is there a cancellation policy for the Duomo tour tickets?

Yes, the Duomo tickets have a cancellation policy of 48 hours in advance for a full refund.

4. What are the timings to visit the Duomo in Florence?

Although the Duomo is generally open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, the timings vary depending on the occasion and day of the week.

5. How much are the tickets to the Duomo?

The tickets to enter the Duomo start at €19. Head here to choose from a host of Duomo ticket packages.

6. What are the areas of the Duomo that I can access with these tickets?

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. 

7. What are some things to do around the Duomo?

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.

8. What is the best way to get to the Duomo in Florence?

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. 

9. Can I climb the Duomo? How many steps does it take to climb the Duomo?

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.

10. When do the Duomo bells ring?

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.

11. What are the best restaurants near the Duomo?

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 Roman cuisine with a rustic ambience, head to Terra Terra.