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Florence: Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome with Panoramic Views

1. Florence: Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome with Panoramic Views

Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 15th century, the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore is an architecture and engineering masterpiece. This Dome is one of the biggest in Europe but thanks to Brunelleschi's ingenuity is also the first one to be built without wooden base. Just be carefull when you climbing up in a certain point you will come across Vasari's Last Judgement fresco, also be aware that those steps are 463 all worthed to be done. Once you have reached the top of the Dome, get ready for a stunning view of Florence

Florence: Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, & Bell Tower

2. Florence: Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, & Bell Tower

Visit Florence's religious center on a guided tour inside the Baptistery, Cathedral (Duomo), and the Opera del Duomo Museum. Enjoy a comprehensive guided visit to the interior of Florence Cathedral, one of the largest and most important churches in the world. Construction began in 1296 and ended only in 1436, with the creation of the magnificent dome by Filippo Brunelleschi.  See the Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, built in the Florentine Romanesque style. Then visit the Opera del Duomo Museum, a site that collects original masterpieces from the Duomo Complex. Among the most important works on display are the original Gates of Paradise by Ghiberti, and Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini. The museum also houses one of the largest collections of Donatello's work in the world. Finally, climb the three-storied Giotto's Belltower and admire the city skyline dominated by Brunelleschi's immense dome.

Florence: Entry Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome

3. Florence: Entry Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome

Enjoy reserved entrance to Brunelleschi's Dome, part of Florence's Cathedral, with this ticket. Meet the local assistant at the meeting point, present your voucher, and receive your tickets to begin your experience. First, enter the Dome and climb 463 steps to reach the top. Please note that the way is narrow, there is no elevator, and the climb is not recommended for people suffering from heart problems, vertigo, or claustrophobia. Marvel at the egg-shaped architecture of the Dome, which was the largest such structure in the world in its time. On your visit to the Dome’s interior, you’ll have the opportunity to see the many frescoes and stained-glass windows. Admire Zuccari and Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment, and enjoy a beautiful panorama over Florence and its surroundings from the summit.

Florence: Baptistery, Duomo, and Brunelleschi's Dome Tour

4. Florence: Baptistery, Duomo, and Brunelleschi's Dome Tour

Discover the Santa Maria del Fiore, the Brunelleschi Dome, and the St John's Baptistery on this tour with a local guide. Enjoy the convenience of skip-the-line tickets to some of Florence's most popular landmarks featuring panoramic views of the whole city from atop the Brunelleschi Dome. Save your precious time by skipping the long line of Duomo and dive into the simpally magical atmosphere that will take you back in times of the Golden Age of Florence. Explore the crypt of Santa Reparata church, the rests of which were carefully conserved by OPA organization that takes care of all monuments in Duomo Complex. Learn about the work of some of the most remarkable gothic and renaissance masters that contributed in making Duomo of Florence a one of kind monument. Reveal the known secrets behind the constraction of the Largest Dome in the world by the father of Renaissance himself, "The matematician of beauty" Filippo Brunelleschi. Admire the timeless charm of Last Judgement frescos by Vasari & Zuccari. Visit the oldest monument of Florence, the Saint John's Baptistery. Admire the stunning XIII century mosaics on Baptistery's dome, representing the Last Judgement which was unsurprisingly the inspiration for Dante's Divine Comedy. After your exploration you will have the opportunity to climbe on your own pace the 463 steps leading to the highest point of Florence, the very top of Brunelleschi's Dome. Pass between the double dome while admiring the finest architectural masterpiece built in XV century. Reach the Lantern of the Dome and enjoy 360° views of the Birthplace of Renaissance. NOTE: Brunelleschi Ticket Package is valid for 72h so after your tour you have also the possibility to visit on your own: - Baptistery of Saint John - Giotto's Bell Tower - Museum of the Cathedral (Opera del Duomo)

Florence: Cathedral Guided Tour & Tickets to 4 Attractions

5. Florence: Cathedral Guided Tour & Tickets to 4 Attractions

Learn the secrets of the Cathedral of Florence on a guided tour. Admire the fantastic architecture of Brunelleschi's Dome. Get tickets to explore Giotto's Clock Tower, the Baptistery, Museo dell' opera del Duomo, and the St. Reparata Church. Meet your guide in the Cathedral Square at the heart of Florence's Old Town and begin your guided walking tour of the Cathedral. Hear anecdotes and stories behind the construction of the Cathedral. View the stunning masterpieces preserved inside the Cathedral. Get access to the magnificent Dome created by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 1420s. Have the option to climb up the 463 steps and reach the top of this architectural masterpiece. At the top of the dome, gaze out at spectacular views of the Florentine skyline. Venture to see other attractions from your combined ticket on your own. Take in the 14th century Gothic architecture in Giotto’s Clocktower and the facinating octagonal shape of the Baptistery. Go beneath the city as you visit the crypt which holds the former cathedral at the St. Reparata Church. Marvel at work's by Renaissance masters at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. See pieces like Michelangelo's 'Florentine Pieta' and Donatello's 'Penitent Magdalene."

Florence: 3-Hour Segway Tour

6. Florence: 3-Hour Segway Tour

Driving your own Segway Personal Transporter (PT) through the streets of Florence is the perfect way to appreciate the distinguished and cultural atmosphere of a town that expresses the origins of the Italian Renaissance. After you are familiarized with your Segway PT, we will make our way to Florence’s historic center. Experience all the major sites as you glide down the ancient streets while listening to your tour guide on your headphones. Along the way you will get a chance to see and learn about the Strozzi palace, one of the most celebrated examples of Florentine Renaissance’s palaces. After this we will take a ride to Via de’ Tornabuoni, which marks the ancient Roman walls’ western path, and take a look at the shops that represent the most famous brands of Italian fashion. Then we move on to see Florence's fascinating Dome with its characteristic bell tower before finally making our way back to the Baptistery, with the world-famous Paradise Gate on its Eastern side.

Florence: Skip-the-Line Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

7. Florence: Skip-the-Line Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

As you climb to the top of the dome your guide will tell you all about its construction and Brunelleschi’s design which won him the honour of overseeing the project, the last step in the building of the cathedral. Let your guide captivate you as you admire the beautiful views over Florence. After your tour, your ticket will get you into the museum dedicated to the cathedral and its works, St John’s Baptistery, Giotto’s Campanile, and the crypt, where you can see the remains of Roman houses, the previous church built on the site and Brunelleschi’s tomb.

Florence: Florence Cathedral & Brunelleschi's Dome City Tour

8. Florence: Florence Cathedral & Brunelleschi's Dome City Tour

The Cupola of Florence or Brunelleschi’s Dome is one of the most impressive architectural structures ever built – and still to this day. There are many things to explore inside and out of the Florence Duomo but luckily with this guided tour you save a lot of time and you will learn a lot about the Renaissance. Discover the great works of art inside of the Florence Cathedral Museum such as Michelangelo’s ‘The Deposition’, Donatello’s ‘Penitent Magdalene’ and the ‘cantorias’ or singing galleries. Also known as Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and the Opera del Duomo (OPA). Pay a visit to the Baptistery of St. John. Its exterior facade is geometrically patterned in colored marble, featuring a few famous statues by Andrea Sansovino is one of the oldest buildlings in the city of Firenze, constructed in the Florentine Romanesque style between 1059 and 1128. This impressive structure is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are three sets of bronze doors of the Florence Baptistery – the south doors were designed by Andrea Pisano and the north and east doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti, one so close to perfection it was nicknamed the ‘Gates of Paradise’ by Michelangelo. And because you’ll save on time and not have to wait on long lines, you’ll have more of it to admire each and every detail.

Duomo & Uffizi Skip-the-Line Small Group Guided Tour

9. Duomo & Uffizi Skip-the-Line Small Group Guided Tour

Meet your guide at Uffizi Square. Learn about the specifics of this public space before walking into Uffizi Gallery to see the masterpieces of art. Start a lifetime experience visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence: bypass the long lines and head in faster with pre-reserved tickets. Learn about this historical palace by architect Vasari that houses artworks from the local churches and from the Medici family’s collection. Hear from your guide how this collection of thousands of paintings from the 13-17th centuries was gifted to the Medici and their successors. Focus on paintings from the Gothic Ages to the Late Renaissance displayed in chronological order. Benefit from your local guide's expertise as they will do a careful selection to show the works by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Then, follow your guide as you take a short stroll through the wonderful old town passing the Piazza Della Signoria. Explore the Cathedral Square with its complementary buildings forming the famous religious center of Florence. See the Baptistry famous with its doors, right in front of the cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore. Marvel at the imponent Cathedral dominating the skyline of Florence. See its artistic wonders, notice its size, and the amazing marble decorations. Look up to see its Dome which is very famous for many reasons like its interior mosaics. Use your Brunelleschi Pass to enter the famous cathedral of Florence. Learn about its significance in the city of Florence and its historical importance. Enter the Duomo with your reserved skip-the-line tickets from a separate entrance. Climb Brunelleschi's iconic dome with your expert guide. Visit the internal terraces and see artworks and frescoes by masters of the Renaissance.  Reach the top and admire scenic views of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside from outside the cupola.

Florence: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

10. Florence: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

Explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence’s Duomo, considered one of the most important and gorgeous buildings in the world, on this guided tour. Start the tour by learning the fascinating stories of Florence and the cathedral from your licensed guide. Go inside and explore the interior decoration, learn how the Cupola was created, and admire the incredible fresco of Giorgio Vasari, the Last Judgment. After this, go inside the Baptistery, the holy place, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, where Dante Alighieri, the Medici Family, and other nobles and famous people were baptized. Following the guided tour, be led to the Cupola entrance, where you’ll be able to climb to the top at your own pace and admire The Last Judgment, the famous fresco by Giorgio Vasari. Once at the top, discover the breathtaking 360-degree panorama, from where you can see all of Florence.

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What people are saying about Florence Baptistery

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,225 reviews

Excellent experience with very helpful staff. All guides were easy to identify at each respective destination and obtaining tickets was a breeze. Minimal wait time once in line. Grouping all major sites in one option couldn’t be more convenient. We had to cancel another tour series in Milan on the same trip last minute and refund was hassle free and prompt. Despite traveling with a large group (8 adults and 6 children < age 12), we had no issues and throughly enjoyed our day! Would highly recommend!

It is absolutely worth climbing 463 steps to see this view. Dress cool and comfortable (don't dress for Church). Wear flat shoes. Do not book if you are in poor health, experience heat exhaustion, get claustrophobic or have trouble climbing a lot of stairs. We saw a few people really struggling. We loved seeing Florence from this perspective and seeing the art on the interior of the dome up in close proximity. This tour was one of the highlights of our time in Florence. I would book this again.

This tour has all the best attraction and onlu one missing is climbing the Duomo. Climbing bell tower is almost as high but the top views are from inside a cage as opposed to the Dome, but that may be better for your stomach. The tour guide Andre (?) was excellent speaker and very knowledgeable.

What a great view of Florence! 463 steps but worth the effort.

It worked out well as always, the cathedral is worth seeing