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Standing tall amid the iconic city skyline is the majestic Florence Cathedral (officially known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) and its red...

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Piazza del Duomo in Florence is an extraordinary open-air museum, full of chests holding incredible and priceless treasures: the Cathedral o...

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Join the Official Duomo Tour and avoid the long line by entering the Cathedral through a dedicated exclusive entrance to admire one of the b...

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Discover the incredible and priceless treasures kept in the extraordinary open-air museum of Piazza del Duomo in Florence: the Cathedral of ...

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The tour of the Grande Museo del Duomo (Great Museum of the Cathedral) is a single great itinerary that will take you through more than 1500...

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Tour with exclusive visit and 72h ticket to the Duomo complex: Cathedral, Crypt, Baptistery, Bell tower, and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.Expl...

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Steer clear of the long queues and take advantage of a privileged access to the majestic Florence Duomo, the architectural masterpiece symbo...

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Steer clear of the long queues and take advantage of our privileged access to the majestic Florence Cathedral, its terraces and its Dome.You...

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The Opera del Duomo Museum (Museum of the Works of the Cathedral) is home to an immense collection of 750 sublime works of art created over ...

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The inside story

Standing tall amid the iconic city skyline is the majestic Florence Cathedral (officially known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) and its red-tiled cupola. A symbol of this glorious city and marked by its Gothic beauty, no trip to Florence is complete without entering its hallowed bronze doors.

A hundred and fifty years in the making, it was Arnolfo di Cambio who first started working on it in 1296. Its lofty dome was added much later in 1436 by Filippo Brunelleschi. His revolutionary design, which incorporates a second inner dome and interlocking brickwork to reduce the structure's enormous weight, was celebrated as a feat of engineering. Brunelleschi’s dome remains the largest ever constructed in brick.

In the 19th century the cathedral received its now familiar elaborate Gothic facade in pink, white and green polychrome marble. Designed by architect Emilio de Fabris, it replaced the incomplete original, which was torn down in the 16th century. In constrast the cathedral’s interior is surprisingly stark, as most of its art works have been moved to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. That said you can still admire impressive frescoes, up to 44 stained-glass windows and the excavated remains of the basilica of Santa Reparata that lie beneath the cathedral.

The cathedral complex is completed by the Baptistry of San Giovanni, with its striking golden door (the aptly named Gates of Paradise) and shimmering ceiling mosaic, along with Giotto’s graceful campanile. Climb the latter for sweeping panoramic views from its terrace. You can also admire masterpieces by Michelangelo, Arnolfo, Ghiberti, Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Antonio Pollaiolo, and Verrocchio at the nearby Museo dell’Opera.

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Cathedral 10am-4.30pm

Dome 8.30am-7.00pm

Baptistry 8.15am-10.15am & 11.15am-7.30pm

Bell Tower 8.15am-7.20pm

Crypt 10.00am-5pm

Museum 9.00am-7.00pm

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