Piazza del Duomo in Florence is one of those places one never stops discovering: it welcomes newcomers with its imposing beauty and daily astonishes those who walk through it regularly. This is why we have designed a tour dedicated entirely to this religious centre, featuring visits to all its main monuments.
We will start with the Baptistery, which Dante Alighieri dubbed “my beautiful Saint John”: over the course of its 1000-year history, these stones have seen the baptisms of entire generations of more or less famous Florentines. The inner cupola is fully covered in a rich golden mosaic depicting stories from the Bible with lively details.
We will then focus on the Cathedral and the history of its construction, from the ancient Church of Santa Reparata to the foundation of the new Santa Maria del Fiore, an ambitious project which occupied the Florentines for almost six centuries and was to lead to the construction of what was at the time the largest church in the world. The bare interior decoration stands in contrast with the rich external marbles and hides a secret key for understanding the entire square: come with us and we will reveal it!
Above the altar is the majestic cupola built by Filippo Brunelleschi amidst criticism and admiration from his fellow citizens. The edifice is still studied and admired today for the amazing balance supporting its structure.
And there’s more! Moving to the back of the Cathedral we can access the new Museum of the Opera del Duomo, hosting all the original works created for the monuments of the square: the ancient façade of Santa Maria del Fiore, the doors of the Baptistery, the bas-reliefs of the Bell tower, the “Magdalene” by Donatello, the “Deposition” by Michelangelo… and many more.
And if you are still hungry for art and history, the tour can continue by climbing the Cupola or Giotto’s Bell tower: the view of Florence from above will conquer the heart of even the most sceptical traveller!