Take advantage of a privileged, skip-the-line entrance to the imposing Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and enjoy the unique opportunity of visiting the remains of Santa Reparata church below exclusively. Discover the most iconic building of Florence during this 1-hour guided tour with our professional, English-speaking guides! Let them enchant you with stories, curiosities and anecdotes about this majestic monument. In summer queues to get inside the Monumental Complex might even take 2 hours, so make sure not to miss this chance!
Listen to your guide giving a thorough explanation about one of the largest churches in the world, dedicated to the Virgin of the Flower as a reference to the lily, the symbol of the city. Find out how the numerous different styles encountered in the building bear witness to the changes of society over the long period of time elapsed between its foundation and its completion. Then, walk towards the end of the aisle and get to marvel at the view of the magnificent, world-famous Brunelleschi’s cupola and the frescoes representing the Last Judgement; prepare to remain speechless while admiring this 3600-mq pictorial cycle painted by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, two of the most renowned artists of the 16th Century. The Crypt Keep following your guide, descend the stairs on the south side of the Duomo and explore the archaeological remains of the city's ancient cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Reparata; the entrance is limited and most visitors do not get the chance of actually walking on them, so make sure not to miss this unique opportunity!
The underground remains of this ancient church were brought to light between 1965 and 1973 during a major archaeological dig beneath the cathedral and is one of the major early Christian complexes in the region of Tuscia. The area was opened to the public in 1974. You will marvel at one of their finest features, the wonderful mosaic floor with geometrical decoration and spectacular figurative elements that have survived the passing of time. Learn how Santa Reparata holds an important role in Florence history by hosting the gravestones of some of the greatest personalities of the city; among the others, you will get to admire the tomb of Giovanni Di Alamanno de' Medici and the tomb of Filippo Brunelleschi, who designed the magnificent cupola of the Florence Cathedral and is considered one of the greatest architects of the Renaissance.