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Duomo Florence | Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Iconic in every manner, the Duomo Florence, officially known as the Florence Cathedral or Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, encompasses the Italian Renaissance within a single towering structure. Best known for its magnificent red dome, the cathedral was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi back in 1436 and dedicated to Saint Mary (Virgin of the Flowers).

Things to know before visiting Duomo Florence

  • The waiting times at Duomo goes up to 2-3 hours, so booking a online ticket would help considerably shorten that time.

  • While the access to the cathedral itself is free, the other sub-attractions inside the cathedral aren't (Bell tower, Baptistery, Brunschelli's Dome and Opera del Museum).

  • Guided tours are advised for those seeking historical context of the Duomo. Tours are available in multiple languages and vary from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. If you wish for the insightful experience, without having to keep pace with a guide, opt for an audio-guide experience.

  • For a more intimate experience, opt for walking small-group guided tours. Within this inclusive environment, you will find it easier to interact with the guide and even find shared interests with fellow travelers.

  • Certain sections within the main attraction like the secret terraces are off-limits for regular visits. The only way to experience this hidden territory is an exclusive private cathedral tour with rooftop access.

  • Different attractions within the cathedral complex square operate on varying schedule. Look for tickets with extended validity (up to 72 hours after your chosen date) for more flexibility in visiting the other attractions within the Duomo Square -- Opera Museum, Bell Tower, and Baptistery -- without having to stretch yourself thin.

  • If you're up for a challenge, choose tickets that include the climb to Brunelleschi's Dome or the Giotto Bell Tower. The breathtaking views make the climb worthwhile! Despite the physically demanding ascent of 436 steps, Dome climb the most sold-out experience in the Duomo complex, so consider booking tickets in advance.

Which Duomo Florence ticket is best for you?

The Florence Cathedral, a masterpiece of the Renaissance era, offers a plethora of ticket options tailored to the diverse interests of its visitors. Here's a guide to help you select the perfect ticket.

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Audioguide Tour of the Cathedral and Piazza Duomo in Florence

If you're on a budget

Go for: Audio guide tours
Duration: 1 hour
Guide: Multilingual audio guide
Dome access: No
Florence Cathedral Square access: Yes

  • Enjoy the flexibility of playing, pausing, and rewinding as you explore the Florence Cathedral and Square at your own pace.
  • Detailed audio guide available in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.

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Florence Cathedral Secret Terrace
Heart of Florence Walking Tour

If you want to explore in-depth

Go for: Cathedral Complex tours
Duration: 1 - 4.5 Hours
Guide: Expert local guide
Dome access: Optional
Florence Cathedral Square access: Yes

  • These tours offer a thorough exploration of the Florence Cathedral and its surrounding attractions, uncovering hidden gems and lesser-known facts.
  • The audio guide is available in 9 languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian whereas the Walking Tours are in English and Spanish.

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If you want to explore Florence

Go for: Combo Tickets
Duration: 2.5-4.5 hours
Guide: Expert local guide
Dome access: Depends on the tour
Florence Cathedral Square access: Depends on the tour

  • Visit some of Florence's major landmarks such as the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery with these budget-friendly tickets.
  • Depending on the ticket you choose, you can enjoy skip-the-line access to the different attractions.

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Discounted Florence Cathedral tickets

  • Children under 7: Free
  • Students with valid ID: Reduced fees
  • Priests and religious individuals: Free
  • People with disabilities and their companions: Free
  • Licensed tour guides in Florence: Free with prescribed guidelines.

Cancelation policy

Most Duomo Florence tickets can be canceled 24-72 hours before the experience begins. However, check your ticket for details at the time of booking for up to date information.

What to see inside the Florence Cathedral?

Florence Cathedral Dome

The Dome

The iconic red-tiled dome is an architectural marvel, using a double-shell structure with an inner and outer dome. Climbing its 463 steps rewards you with awe-inspiring views of Florence.

Paolo Uccello's Frescoes

Paolo Uccello's Frescoes

Paolo Uccello's brilliant frescoes are renowned for their intricate portrayal of geometric patterns and scenes from the Old Testament, particularly the "Noah's Ark" fresco.

Assumption of the Virgin

Assumption of the Virgin

Lorenzo Ghiberti's "The Assumption of the Virgin," a gilded bronze masterpiece, portrays the Virgin Mary ascending to heaven surrounded by a radiant ensemble of angels.

Marble Floor in Florence Duomo

Marble Floor

The marble floor inside the Duomo Florence Cathedral comprises over 40 panels, depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments with intricate geometric motifs and heraldic symbols.

Plan your visit to the Florence Cathedral

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There are a series of activities and projects undertaken by the management to make the cathedral more accessible to people with different kinds of need. They are listed below:

  • CoOPERAtivity programs are designed for people with Alzheimers or other types of dementia
  • Project Rifflesi is tailored for individuals with neurodevelopment disorders and find self-reflection/mutual cooperation challenging.
  • Blue Reflections, another project is aimed at building a community for people on the Autism spectrum.
  • The CONtact program is designed for those with psychopathological or medical disorders that cause cognitive, emotional, physical or social discomfort. CONtact is also suitable for their caregivers.
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There are are a few dining options available at a walking distance from the Cathedral:

  • Trattoria ZaZa: Enjoy traditional Tuscan cuisine with a modern twist at this cozy and rustic restaurant located 600 m away.
  • La Ménagère: Located 450 m away, La Ménagère is a restaurant, café, flower shop and home decor store, that offers a menu of Italian and Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
  • Osteria de' Peccatori: This cozy and intimate restaurant located 450 m away serves seafood dishes with a Mediterranean touch, along with a selection of Tuscan wines.
  • All'Antico Vinaio : Located 600 m away, All'Antico Vinaio offers freshly made paninis.
  • Il Latini: This traditional Tuscan restaurant, located 700 m away, is known for its hearty, rustic cuisine and communal seating. Reservations are recommended.
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Budget: Hotel San Giovanni (190 m), Hotel Paris (450 m)

Mid-Range: Hotel Burchianti (450 m), Hotel Albani Firenze (850 m)

Luxury: Hotel Brunelleschi (150 m), Four Seasons Hotel Firenze (1.2 km)

Explore the Florence Cathedral Square complex

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)
Baptistery of St. John Florence
Crypt of Santa Reparata
Duomo Museum
Giotto's bell tower in Florence
Cathedral Terraces

Beyond the Duomo Florence

Uffizi Gallery
Accademia Gallery
Medici Chapel

Frequently asked questions about Duomo Florence tickets

How much does a Florence Cathedral ticket cost?

The entrance to the Florence Cathedral is free. While tours without an expert local guide can range from €7 - 15, guided tours typically start at €18. of the cathedral. Prices may further vary based on additional features like access to special areas like the dome, the terrace or even the other buildings that form a part of the Cathedral square.

How do I book tickets to the Florence Cathedral?

To book tickets for the Florence Cathedral, you can do so online or at the venue. Online booking offers advantages such as choosing your preferred type of experience, selecting a specific date and time, avoiding long lines, and sometimes getting discounted prices. Additionally, it allows you to skip queues at the ticket office. Some tickets offer combined access to multiple sub-attractions like to Bell Tower, Dome climb, Museum and more, for an extensive experience.

Do I need tickets to enter the Duomo in Florence?

The Cathedral can be accessed for free, but tickets are required to go up to the Dome, Museum, Bell Tower, Rooftop, Baptistery, Crypt of Santa Reparata and other landmarks within the Cathedral Complex or the Duomo square. Tickets also need to be purchased if you'd like to avail guided tours, which are highly recommended.

Why should I book tickets online?

Booking online gives you benefits such as:
-Guaranteed entry: Entry is assured upon arrival, and you can enjoy a hassle-free visit
-Expert customer service: From the time of booking till the end of your visit, customer service professionals will assist you every step of the way
-Different ticket and tour options: Whether it is express, guided or combo tickets tours, there is something for everyone while visiting the Duomo Florence cathedral.
-Discounts & offers: By booking online, you can also avail of some of the best discounts and special offers not available at the ticket office.

What are the different types of tickets to Duomo Florence?

Various ticket options are available for exploring the Florence Cathedral (Duomo). You can opt for a guided tour, skip-the-line entry tickets, private VIP tours, audio guide, combo tickets or even city tours. Prices and durations vary, allowing visitors to choose the type of experience that suits their preferences and interests. Online booking often provides convenience and flexibility, including free cancellation options for some tours.

Are guided tours available at the Duomo Florence?

Yes, guided tours are available for the Florence Cathedral (Duomo). These tours offer visitors a detailed exploration of the cathedral, providing insights into its history, architecture, and artistic treasures. Guided tours may include options to climb the Dome, visit the Bell Tower, explore the Baptistery, and access the cathedral's secret terraces. Additionally, some tours offer VIP experiences with exclusive access to certain areas. Here are some popular tours:
Florence Cathedral Guided Tour with Optional Dome Climb
Florence Cathedral Express Guided Tour
Florence Cathedral VIP Guided Tour with Dome Climb & Secret Terrace Visit
Accademia Gallery, Florence Cathedral & Uffizi Gallery Skip-the-Line Tour
Florence City Centre & Cathedral Walking Tour

Are there discounted Duomo Florence Cathedral tickets?

Children under the age of 7 can enter free. Students of all ages (Italian and foreign) are eligible to enter at a reduced fee on production of a valid student ID. Priests, and religious men and women are allowed free entry. People with disabilities along with their companions are also liable for free entry upon consideration. Licensed tour guides operating in Florence can also enter free, if they adhere to the prescribed guidelines. Tourist guides with an effective group can gain free entry to the Bell Tower, the Museum, the Baptistery and the Crypt of Santa Reparata upon request.

What is the cancelation policy for Florence Cathedral tickets?

It depends on the Duomo Florence ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 24-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation. 

Can I climb the Duomo dome?

Yes, guests can climb the Duomo dome if their ticket offers this inclusion.

How long are my Duomo Florence tickets valid for?

Your Duomo Florence tickets are usually valid for the specific date and time selected at checkout. Do check the validity before booking.

What is the best way to get to the Duomo Cathedral in Florence?

Getting to the Duomo Cathedral in Florence is convenient with various transportation options. If you prefer public transit, buses (lines 6, 11, 17, 23, C2) and metro lines 1 and 3 are available, with the nearest stops being Piazza del Duomo and Duomo M1, M3. For those arriving by train, Santa Maria Novella is the closest station, served by Trenitalia Frecce, ATM, and Italo Treno. If you're driving, the cathedral is about 600 meters from Piazza del Duomo, and parking facilities like Park2Go Parcheggio Firenze are in close proximity.

Is there a dress code to visit the Duomo Florence?

While visiting the cathedral, visitors are required to dress modestly. Sleeveless tops, shorts, and mini-skirts are not allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered. Bonus tip: Wear comfortable walking shoes, as exploring the square involves walking on cobblestone streets.

How long does it take to explore the Duomo Florence Cathedral?

It usually takes about 1-2 hours to visit the cathedral, climb the dome, and explore the museum. If you'd like to spend more time at these sites or visit more nearby attractions, opt for guided tours or combo tours.

Can I enter the Duomo Florence once I exit?

Once you exit the Florence Cathedral (Duomo), re-entry is typically not allowed on the same ticket. If you wish to re-enter, you may need to purchase a new ticket or check if there are any provisions for multiple entries on the same ticket, which can vary based on ticket types and policies in place at the time of your visit. It's advisable to check with the ticket details or the staff at the time of your visit, for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

How long is the wait at the Florence Duomo?

The wait time at the Florence Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) can vary depending on the time of day, season, and current visitor traffic. During peak tourist seasons, especially in the summer, the lines can be 1-2 hours long. It's recommended to arrive early in the day or consider purchasing skip-the-line tickets to minimize wait times. Additionally, visiting during non-peak hours may help reduce the time spent waiting.

How hard is it to climb the Duomo in Florence?

Climbing the Duomo in Florence, specifically the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, involves ascending a significant number of steps (463 to be exact). The climb can be physically demanding, and the narrow passages may not be suitable for those with mobility issues, heart conditions, or claustrophobia. However, many visitors find the effort rewarding, as reaching the top provides breathtaking panoramic views of Florence's cityscape. It's advisable to assess your own physical fitness and comfort with stairs before deciding to undertake the climb.

Is it better to climb the Duomo or the bell tower in Florence?

When pondering between conquering Brunelleschi's Dome (Duomo) and ascending Giotto's Bell Tower (Campanile) in Florence, here's the scoop: The dome demands a reserved time slot, while the bell tower is more spontaneous. Both boast a similar stair count and height, and a single ticket covers both adventures. If you're short on time, check Duomo's office for open slots and tackle the Dome for a classic experience with delightful frescoes inside. No luck with time slots? Scale the bell tower for a different angle, enjoying a unique view of the majestic dome. Feeling ambitious? Why not go for the double climb for the ultimate Florence skyline extravaganza!