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Florence Cathedral Guided Tour with Optional Dome Climb

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  • Elevate your Florence experience on this guided tour of the entire Cathedral Square, with the privileged option to climb the cathedral's iconic dome.
  • You get the best of both worlds! The expertise of a guide through the Cathedral, Baptistery, and Opera Museum – and the freedom to explore each site yourself.
  • Gain a deeper appreciation for the square, from the octagonal San Giovanni's Baptistery to the vividly tiled Giotto's Bell Tower, on a tour in the language of your choice.
  • Marvel at the intricate details of the Florence Cathedral, from the stunning marble façade matching the tower, to the ornate frescoes inside.
  • Opt for Dome and Bell Tower access. Discover Brunelleschi’s intricate architecture and be met by sweeping views of Florentine landmarks, like Accademia Gallery.

Inclusions

  • Guided tour of the Florence Cathedral Complex
  • Expert English, Italian Spanish or French-speaking guide
  • Entry to Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
  • Entry to Opera del Duomo Museum & Baptistery
  • Entry to Brunelleschi's Dome (optional)
  • Entry to Giotto's Bell Tower (optional)

Exclusions

  • Entry to the Secret Terrace
  • Tip: Arrive a little early to your guided tour of the Florence Duomo. This allows you to get acquainted with the meeting point, ensuring a stress-free start.
  • Dome access is so exclusive, even guides can't get in. Yep, you read that right! Dome access is just for the privileged few, so you'll be unaccompanied for that part of the tour.
  • This tour is not for the faint hearted. There are a whopping 463 steps to climb to reach the top of the Dome, and no elevator access. Are you up for the challenge?
  • Strict Dress Code: Clothing that covers the knees and shoulders. Sandals, headgear and sunglasses are also not allowed.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Florence Cathedral Tickets with Optional Dome & Bell Tower Climb

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  • Get the flexibility to choose how you want to explore the Florence Cathedral Square with multiple ticket options. Tailor your visit to your preferences.
  • Uncover each site at your pace. Admire sculptures in the Opera Museum, marble mosaics in the Baptistery, and famous tombs in the Crypt of Santa Reparata.
  • With a ticket upgrade, you have the opportunity to climb Giotto’s Bell Tower, absorbing unparalleled vistas of Florence – an exclusive experience.
  • Yet another upgrade lets you ascend the dome of Brunelleschi, and get a closer look at the Last Judgement frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari.
  • Guess what? Tickets to the Opera Museum, Bell Tower and Baptistery all have extended validity. You can visit these sites up to 72 hours after your chosen date!

Inclusions

  • Entry to Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
  • Entry to the Crypt of Santa Reparata
  • Entry to Opera del Duomo Museum & Baptistery
  • Entry to Brunelleschi's Dome (optional)
  • Entry to Giotto's Bell Tower (optional)

Exclusions

  • Tour guide
  • Entry to the Secret Terrace
  • Tip: Inside the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, watch out for a unique mechanical fresco painted by Paolo Uccello, that tells time in the ‘Italic Hour’!
  • Please note that the Cathedral closes by 3:45 pm and remains closed on Sundays. Entry to the Cathedral is free of charge.
  • The Museum is closed on the first Tue of each month.
  • Access to the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral is free, without tickets but you will need to book tickets to enter other parks like the Crypt, Duomo Museum, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Giotto's Bell Tower.
  • There are 463 steps to the top of the Dome, and 414 steps to the top of Giotto's Bell Tower, with no elevator access.
  • The Baptistery is presently undergoing restoration efforts to preserve and restore its vaulted mosaic artwork.
  • Strict Dress Code: Clothing that covers the knees and shoulders. Sandals, headgear, and sunglasses are also not allowed.
  • Dome access is timed and must be visited on the date & time selected during checkout.
  • The tickets are valid for 3 consecutive days from the date of visit (inclusive of the purchase date).
  • The Dome & Bell Tower are not accessible for wheelchair users, guests with mobility issues, back problems, or heart conditions.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo (Save 5%): Uffizi Gallery + Accademia Gallery + Florence Cathedral Square Tickets

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  • Unlock 3 of the city's artistic treasures with 1 combo ticket to Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, and the Cathedral Square at a discounted rate.
  • From the Renaissance classic Spring by Sandro Boticelli, to the gory Baroque depiction of Judith Beheading Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi, find a wide range of art at Uffizi.
  • Explore the 7 halls of the Accademia Gallery, like the Gipsoteca, where you will find nuanced statues by maestros like Lorenzo Bartolini and Luigi Pampaloni.
  • Discover Florence Cathedral, San Giovanni Baptistery, and the Opera Museum. Take the chance to climb Giotto’s Bell Tower and Brunelleschi’s Dome!

Inclusions

  • Entry to Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
  • Entry to the Crypt of Santa Reparata
  • Entry to Opera del Duomo Museum & Baptistery
  • Hosted entry to Accademia Gallery
  • Hosted entry to Uffizi Gallery
  • Entry to Brunelleschi's Dome (optional)
  • Entry to Giotto's Bell Tower (optional)

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  • Entry to the Secret Terrace
  • Tour guide
  • Tip: As you explore the Crypt of Santa Reparata, keep an eye on the floor! Don’t miss the majestic peacock and Solomonic knots among the geometric mosaics.
  • Due to security reasons, Accademia and Uffizi galleries can only accommodate a certain number of people at any given time. Depending on the crowd, you may be moved to a slightly earlier or later time slot upon arrival.
  • Strict Dress Code: Clothing that covers the knees and shoulders are required in the Cathedral. Sandals, headgear and sunglasses are also not allowed.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Florence in a Day: City Centre Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Gallery Tickets

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  • From iconic architecture to renowned art, enjoy the best of Florence on a 2.5-hour guided tour of its center, and skip-the-line access to the Accademia and Uffizi.
  • Start in the heart of the city. Traverse Ponte Vecchhio bridge and rub Il Porcelino's nose at the Straw Market before surveying Florence Cathedral's stunning façade.
  • At Accademia Gallery, encounter Michelangelo’s seminal sculptures – from the 4-part Prisoner series to the iconic David.
  • Uffizi Gallery holds transcendent mythical paintings like Sandro Boticelli’s Birth of Venus and Carravaggio’s Medusa as well as Bacchus.
  • Roam the 2 galleries at your own pace, absorbing artistry at your leisure without guided restrictions.

Inclusions

  • 2.5-hour walking tour of the Florence Historic Center
  • Expert local guide
  • Hosted entry to Accademia Gallery
  • Hosted entry to Uffizi Gallery
  • Combo guided tour of Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery (optional)
  • Visit the outside of the Florence Duomo
  • Small group tour

Exclusions

  • Entry to Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Entry to Giotto's Bell Tower
  • Entry to Opera del Duomo Museum & Baptistery
  • Entry to the Secret Terraces
  • Piazzale degli Uffizi
  • Ponte Vecchio Bridge
  • Leather Market
  • Piazza Signoria
  • Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
  • San Giovanni Baptistery
  • Accademia Gallery
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Tip: Try to find out more about the ‘secret passage’ of the Medici family that runs through Uffizi Gallery, along Ponte Vecchio, to Pitti Palace!
  • Accademia and Uffizi Gallery are some of the most popular tourist destinations and sometimes delays can occur due to increased security measures or unexpectedly large crowds during holidays and festivities. As always, your host will ensure any delays are minimized and you get access as quickly as possible.
  • Strict Dress Code: Clothing that covers the knees and shoulders are required in the Cathedral. Sandals, headgear and sunglasses are also not allowed.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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What is the Florence Baptistery?

The Florence Baptistery, also known as the Baptistery of Saint John is a historic religious building in Florence that dates back to the 11th century. One of the oldest buildings in the city, the Baptistery is known for its architecture, complete with bronze doors created by Andrea Pisano and Lorenzo Ghiberti. Thanks to its rich history and cultural significance, the Baptistery is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the region.

Florence Baptistery | Quick facts

Florence Baptistery - Quick Facts

Why visit the Florence Baptistery?

Florence Baptistery - Why Visit the Florence Baptistery?
  • Historical significance: The Florence Baptistery, also known as the Baptistery of Saint John, is one of the oldest buildings in Florence. 
  • Romanesque architecture: The Baptistery is renowned for its exquisite Romanesque architecture and beautiful mosaic.
  • Unique acoustics: The Baptistery is known for its acoustics that allow visitors to experience an echo effect, which has been studied by scholars for centuries.
  • Bronze doors: The bronze doors are one of the stand-out features of the Baptistery. Created by Andrea Pisano in the 14th century, and Lorenzo Ghiberti in the early 15th century, they feature intricate reliefs.
  • Spiritual significance: The Baptistery of St. John has been used for the baptisms of many famous figures, including Dante Alighieri. Over the centuries, it has played an essential role in Florence's religious and cultural life. 

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Florence Baptistery - Architecture & Design

Architecture & Design

The Baptistery of San Giovanni is a magnificent building that showcases some of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture. Its octagonal shape, which is unusual for a baptistery, was influenced by the baptistery in Ravenna. The exterior of the building is made of white Carrara marble and is adorned with intricate sculptures, including a replica of the famous Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti. The interior of the building is equally impressive, with its stunning mosaic floors, domed ceilings, and stained glass windows.

Florence Baptistery - Bronze Doors

Bronze Doors

The Baptistery is renowned for its three sets of bronze doors, which are considered to be among the greatest masterpieces of Renaissance art. Of the three sets, the east doors created by Lorenzo Ghiberti in the 15th century are the most prominent of them all. Also known as the Gates of Paradise, these gates feature intricate scenes from the Old Testament. The north and south doors, created by Andrea Pisano and Ghiberti respectively, feature relief sculptures depicting various biblical scenes.

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Mosaics

The mosaics of the Baptistery of St. John, created over several centuries, are some of the most beautiful and intricate examples of Romanesque art in the world. They cover the entire interior of the dome, vaults, and walls of the baptistery. The Byzantine-style mosaics depict scenes from the Bible, such as the Last Judgement and the life of St. John the Baptist. The mosaics were created by some of the most skilled craftsmen of the time. The use of gold and vibrant colors creates a mesmerizing effect.

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Acoustics

The Baptistery's design creates exceptional acoustics thanks to its circular shape and the dome which allows for natural amplification. Inside, even the softest whispers can be heard clearly across the space. The marble walls and floors add to the reflection of the sound waves. Musicians and singers have performed in the baptistery for centuries, and the acoustics are so extraordinary that it is still used as a concert hall today.

History of the Florence Baptistery

Florence Baptistery - History

Florence Baptistery Today

The Baptistery of St John in Florence is a great architectural and cultural treasure that had come to be seen as a model for buildings worldwide. Its rich history and stunning architecture make it a must-visit for art and architecture enthusiasts. Today, it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Florence, attracting millions of visitors each year who come to admire its beauty and learn about its rich history.

Frequently asked questions about Florence Baptistery tickets

How much does an admission ticket to the Florence Baptistery cost?

The admission ticket to the Florence Baptistery is included in the Florence Cathedral Tickets with Optional Dome & Bell Tower Climb, which starts from €15. This comprehensive ticket grants entry to various attractions, including Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, the Crypt of Santa Reparata, Opera del Duomo Museum & Baptistery, with optional access to Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower. The prices may however, vary with the inclusions like guided tours, exclusive access and more. Check particular ticket details for the most accurate information.

Where can I buy Florence Baptistery tickets?

Tickets for the Florence Baptistery can be purchased at the venue or online. It is recommended that you purchase tickets online to avoid long lines and ensure availability.

Do I need tickets to visit Florence Baptistery?

Yes, you need tickets to visit the Florence Baptistery. The tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket office at the venue.

Can I visit Florence Baptistery with Duomo Florence tickets?

Yes, entrance to the Florence Baptistery is included in the Duomo Complex ticket, which also includes access to the Florence Cathedral, Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower, and the Crypt of Santa Reparata.

What are the opening hours of the Florence Baptistery?

The Florence Baptistery is open from Monday to Sunday, with hours from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm. On the first Sunday of the month, the opening hours are from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Please note that the last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. The Baptistery is closed on 1 January, Easter, 8 September, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Where is the Florence Baptistery located?

The Baptistery of St John is located in Piazza del Duomo, next to the Florence Cathedral in Florence, Italy.

When was the Florence Baptistery built?

The Baptistery of St John was built in the early 11th century.

What is the significance of the Florence Baptistery?

The Baptistery is considered one of the greatest architectural and cultural treasures of Florence. It is an important religious site for the people of the city and has been used for baptisms for centuries. It is also considered a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance architecture, inspiring many other buildings throughout the world.

What is the shape of the Florence Baptistery?

The Baptistery of San Giovanni is octagonal in shape, which is unusual for a baptistery.

Is the Florence Baptistery still in use today?

Yes, the Baptistery of San Giovanni is still in use today and is still used for baptisms.

What are the famous features of the Florence Baptistery?

The Baptistery is known for its impressive architecture, intricate sculptures, stunning mosaics, and bronze doors, especially the Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti.

Is there a dress code for visiting the Florence Baptistery?

Yes, there is a dress code for visiting the Florence Baptistery. Visitors are required to dress modestly, ensuring that their shoulders and knees are covered. Revealing or provocative clothing is to be avoided. Additionally, appropriate footwear should be worn, and hats or head coverings are not allowed inside the Baptistery. Following these dress code guidelines is essential for entry into this historical site.

Is Florence Baptistery wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Florence Baptistery is wheelchair accessible. The Baptistery has a ramp at the entrance to accommodate those with motor disabilities. Inside, there is a Touchable path available. Additionally, the Opera del Duomo Museum, which is associated with the Baptistery, is fully accessible and equipped with lifts that facilitate access to the three floors of the exhibition and the terrace. This ensures that visitors with mobility challenges can explore and enjoy these historical sites.

Why is the Florence Baptistery a must-visit?

The Baptistery of San Giovanni is a must-visit for those interested in Italian Renaissance art and architecture. It is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of the Renaissance and is an important example of the architectural style and artistic achievements of the period.