The Duomo Square

Overview

This is the heart of the city, the Florentine square most evidently steeped in history, art and faith. During this tour, you can discover the magnificent mosaics in the Baptistery, the audacity of the Middle Ages builders, the dispute between Ghiberti and Brunelleschi and the adventurous story which led the latter to design the magnificent cupola of the Cathedral. Plus masterpieces by Giotto, Donatello, Michelangelo… you’ll be left speechless!

Places

Saint John’s Baptistery
Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
Opera del Duomo Museum

And also:
Climb to the the Bell tower by Giotto
Climb to the Dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

Info

Tour duration: 3 hours, visiting inside all the Monuments in the Duomo square.

With an all-inclusive ticket, you can also climb the Cupola and the Bell tower. This can be done independently or we can accompany you, on request.

We recommend dressing in an appropriate way as we will be visiting holy places. 

The tour of the Baptistery, Cathedral and Museum is suitable for all visitors and is not particularly difficult.

The climbs to reach the top of the Cupola and Bell Tower each involve climbing 400 steps: these are therefore not suitable for visitors with reduced mobility and are definitely not recommended for visitors with heart conditions or those who suffer claustrophobia or vertigo symptoms.

Fees

Group tours (up to 30 participants) 130,00 € max 3 hours

Private tour (up to 6 participants) 150,00 € max 3 hours

Other additional hour: 40,00 €

The fees do not include museum tickets, transportation costs or the rental of radio systems. The Admission to the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral is free. All-inclusive ticket, 72 hours valid to enter Saint John’s Baptistery, Santa Maria del Fiore’s crypt, Opera del Duomo Museum, Climb of Bell tower and Dome: 18,00 €

All-inclusive reduced ticket (Children under 11 years old): 3,00 €

Reduced ticket for groups of students and church groups, valid only to enter Saint John’s Baptistery and Opera del Duomo Museum: 6,00 €

Reservation is mandatory for the Dome’s climb.

For groups, we recommend renting radio systems. We can manage the rental, on request.

By booking this tour we can follow you step by step, helping you to make the most of your all-inclusive ticket in the time you spend in Florence.  If you are planning to visit the monuments on Piazza del Duomo independently, we recommend reading our BLOG instead.

What to expect

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 Magdaleneby 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!

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Guided tours organized by Icona Toscana are conducted by authorized tour guides. 

You can choose the language of your tour between Italian and English. However, on request, we can organize tours with trusted colleagues in the following languages: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian.

Our guided tours take place regardless of the weather conditions.

For information on our tours, please contact us at info@iconatoscana.it. We will reply as soon as possible. If you intend to book one or more tours, we will send you a form to compile with data concerning yourself and/or your group plus information regarding the dates of your stay and any particular needs you may want us to know about. 

We require the advance payment of 30% of the total fee via bank transfer or Paypal (with an extra 4% to cover service costs) as guarantee of your confirmation. Once the payment is confirmed, we will send you a voucher featuring a summary of your purchase, including the meeting time and place for your tour.

To cancel the service, please contact us at info@iconatoscana.it and communicate all details of your booking. From the date of booking up to 20 days before the date of the tour, no cancellation penalty will be applied and any payment will be returned. For cancellations communicated between 2 and 20 days before the visit, the penalty amounts to 30% of the total sum, i.e. the down payment which will not be reimbursed. For cancellations communicated less than 48 hours before the tour, we will require full payment of the service fee.

The payment of the tour guide service can be paid in cash (Euro) directly on the day of your visit, via bank transfer or via PayPal (with a 4% extra to cover service costs). This fee does NOT include entrance tickets and reservation fees for museums, churches, temporary exhibits or special events. The fee for tour guide services is VAT free, pursuant to art. 10 – comma 22 – of Presidential Decree n. 633/72.Regardless of reservations, access to museums may be delayed in periods of increased affluence, and the organizer declines all responsibility for these delays.

If you are interested in different tours and visits than those listed on this website, we can agree the compensation fees and conditions via e-mail.

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