Guide to exploring Piazza del Duomo, Florence

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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.

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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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Florence Cathedral Express Guided Tour

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  • Short but sweet! A perfect way to efficiently cover the highlights of Florence. Uncover the history of one of Italy’s most iconic cathedrals in under 1 hour.
  • From the statues and mosaic tiles outside to the extensive frescoes inside, your guide will expertly narrate the Florence Cathedral’s story.
  • With a simple upgrade, visit the Museum of Misericordia – home to 7 centuries of archives, like Santi di Tito's manuscripts and 16th-century Archconfraternity statutes!
  • The right ticket option lets you dive deeper into the Cathedral Square and all its monuments using a multilingual audio guide.

Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
  • Expert local guide
  • Entry to the Museum of Misericordia (optional)
  • Multilingual audio guide for the Cathedral Complex (optional)

Exclusions

  • Entry to Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Entry to Giotto's Bell Tower
  • Entry to Opera del Duomo Museum
  • Entry to San Giovanni Baptistery
  • Entry to the Secret Terraces
  • Tip: Look up to the drum of the dome to see the gorgeous circular stained glass window Coronation of the Virgin, the only one visible from the nave of the Cathedral!
  • Strict Dress Code: Clothing that covers the knees and shoulders. Sandals, headgear and sunglasses are also not allowed.
  • The following are not allowed on this tour: Pets, Large bags/luggage, Backpacks.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Florence Cathedral VIP Guided Tour with Dome Climb & Secret Terrace Visit

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  • Looking for VIP treatment? Stop the search. The most exclusive tour in Florence invites you to not just the Cathedral's iconic dome, but also its secret terrace!
  • Immerse yourself in the Florence Cathedral, from Bandinelli’s marble choir to Uccello's clock, as your guide reveals the captivating stories of its creation.
  • See the huge technicolor stained-glass occhi windows and Vasari's iconic Last Judgement frescoes up close as you climb Brunelleschi’s Dome.
  • Get early access to an English-guided tour by upgrading your ticket and enjoy an Italian breakfast: Coffee, cappuccino, and pastries.
  • Enjoy unparalleled views of the city and gaze down into the interior of the Cathedral from its Secret Terrace, a 140-meter-long balcony.

Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
  • Guided tour of the Secret Terrace with entry
  • Entry to Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Expert local guide
  • Early entry English-guided tour (optional).

Exclusions

  • Entry to Giotto's Bell Tower
  • Entry to Opera del Duomo Museum
  • Entry to San Giovanni Baptistery
  • Tip: Make sure your camera is fully charged for this one! You'll experience some of the best panoramic views in Florence.
  • There's no elevator up to the top, so be prepared to climb those 463 steps to get to the dome!
  • Children aged 0-6 are not allowed for the early entry English-guided tour.
  • Strict Dress Code: Clothing that covers the knees and shoulders. Sandals, headgear, and sunglasses are also not allowed.
  • Suffer from heart problems, vertigo, claustrophobia, or reduced mobility? Maybe Dome access isn't for you. Why not check out an Express Guided Tour of Florence Cathedral without Dome access instead?
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Accademia Gallery, Florence Cathedral & Uffizi Gallery Skip-the-Line Tour

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  • Understand Florence's artistic gems as you visit 3 iconic sites with expert guides, enjoying skip-the-line access to the heart of the Renaissance.
  • At Accademia Gallery, see the exquisitely chiseled David by Michelangelo, and a treasury of musical instruments. Learn about the invention of the piano!
  • With exclusive guided entry to the Florence Cathedral, marvel at the world's largest masonry dome, and tread on a stunning multicolored marble floor.
  • Admire the many different forms and renditions of Venus at Uffizi Gallery, from ancient sculptures by Daedalsas to paintings by Sandro Boticelli.

Inclusions

  • 1.5-hour guided tour of Uffizi Gallery with skip-the-line entry
  • 1-hour guided tour of Accademia Gallery with skip-the-line entry
  • 30-minute guided tour of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral with skip-the-line entry
  • Expert English-speaking guides
  • Tip: Why not refresh with a traditional sweet treat after or during your tour? Ask your guides to point out the best gelaterias nearby.
  • Strict Dress Code: Clothing that covers the knees and shoulders is required inside the cathedral. Sandals, headgear and sunglasses are also not allowed.
  • Please note that the order of the visits may be subject to change.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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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 City Centre & Cathedral Walking Tour

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  • Stand out from the crowd on a small-group tour, and unravel the secrets of Florence’s historic center with an expert guide.
  • Toss a coin into the gorgeous Fountain of Neptune! Marvel at the massive interiors of Florence Cathedral and the Brunelleschi dome.
  • After your tour, you're free to explore. With tickets to the Museum of Misericordia, see parcels of the past, from manuscripts to craft artifacts and coats of arms.
  • A close-knit group ensures a personal experience, allowing you to connect with fellow travelers as you tune into Florence's past.
  • Opt for English or Spanish guides and listen to legendary tales of the Medici family as you stroll around Giotto's Belltower and cathedral.

Inclusions

  • Walking tour of the Florence Historic Center
  • Expert English and Spanish-speaking local guide (as per option selected)
  • Guided tour of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
  • Entry to the cathedral

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  • Entry to Giotto's Bell Tower
  • Entry to Baptistery
  • Entry to the Secret Terrace
  • Medici District
  • Orsanmichele Church
  • Straw Market
  • Ponte Vecchio Bridge
  • Piazza Signoria
  • Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
  • Tip: Want to view the impressive street art of Florence? Consider visiting the Sottopasso delle Cure underpass.
  • 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 Piazza del Duomo, Florence?

Piazza del Duomo, in the heart of Florence, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to iconic landmarks like Florence Cathedral, Brunelleschi's Cupola, Giotto's Campanile, Florence Baptistery and Loggia del Bigallo, of the city. This historic square represents Florence's rich history, cultural heritage, and artistic flair through the centuries.

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Piazza del Duomo, Florence

Why visit Piazza del Duomo, Florence?

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  • Cultural gem: Soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the Piazza del Duomo, a historical hub in Florence that bustles with street performers and vendors, and is within walking distance of major attractions like the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery.
  • Complex highlights: Explore the magnificent complex encompassing Church of Santa Maria del Fiore, Bell Tower, Baptistery, and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
  • Architectural epitome: Admire Italian Gothic brilliance at Florence Cathedral. Climb Giotto's Campanile for panoramic views.
  • Art and heritage: Discover unique exhibits at Museo della Misericordia and Museo Torrini. Explore Palazzo Naldini, featuring Donatello's workshops.

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Things to do in Piazza del Duomo, Florence

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Enjoy street performances

Kick back and enjoy the lively street performances in Florence's buzzing square – a spontaneous, open-air show with solo musicians, bands, classical performers, and living statues. Magicians, jugglers, and artists with easels add to the vibrant atmosphere. Don't miss the chance to take home a unique souvenir, like a caricature or portrait!

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Bag unique souvenirs

Hunt for souvenirs – from locally crafted art to hand-painted ceramics. Find a special keepsake, like a stylish scarf with a story. Don't miss out on Chianti wine or Carta Fiorentina's high-quality paper reflecting Renaissance craftsmanship. For unique scents, stroll to Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, one of the world's oldest pharmacies, offering handmade perfumes, soaps, and lotions with centuries-old recipes.

Experience the magical evenings

Experience the magical evenings

As the sun sets, the whole square transforms. It's like being in a movie where the iconic buildings, including the Florence Cathedral and Giotto's Campanile, are lit up, casting a warm glow over the square. Take a leisurely stroll and bask in the beauty – it's like Florence is putting on a private light show just for you.

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Visit the museums

Feel like a time traveler exploring Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, one of the famed museums in the Duomo square, featuring masterpieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, and more. You'll find relics and stories that bring Florence's past to life.

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Attend cultural events

Look out for major cultural events around the square, like Scoppio del Carro, Florentine New Year, and the Feast of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore. They can make ordinary visits into an extraordinary, authentic Florence experience.

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Attend the mass

If you're around on a Sunday, attending mass at the Duomo in a historical setting can be surprisingly moving. The harmonious chants and awe-inspiring architecture create a truly reflective atmosphere, offering a soulful perspective of Duomo Square.

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History of Piazza del Duomo, Florence

Beyond the iconic monuments it encompasses, Piazza del Duomo has its fair share of fascinating history! Originally, the square started as a cemetery that had developed around the Baptistery. Toward the end of the 13th century, it began to transform into the recognizable form we see today. Back then, Florence, or Florenza as it was called, was growing and becoming more important, leading to the building of city walls and new churches.

Fast forward to the 19th century, and the square got even bigger! They had to knock down parts of Palazzo Arcivescovile and Canonica del Duomo for this expansion. And guess what? A piece of it is known as Piazza San Giovanni. So, from a cemetery to a bustling square, Piazza del Duomo's history is quite a journey!

Frequently asked questions about Piazza del Duomo, Florence

What is Piazza del Duomo in Florence famous for?

Piazza del Duomo in Florence is famous for being the heart of the historic center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It houses iconic landmarks, including Florence Cathedral complex. The square represents Florence's rich history, cultural heritage, and artistic achievements.

What are the must-visit landmarks in Piazza del Duomo, Florence?

When in Piazza del Duomo, don't miss the must-visit landmarks:
1. Florence Cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore): Marvel at the stunning cathedral, an Italian Gothic masterpiece with Brunelleschi's Dome.
2. Brunelleschi's Dome: Ascend to witness the largest masonry dome ever built, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.
3. Giotto's Bell Tower: Admire this Florentine Gothic bell tower adorned with sculptures, standing next to the cathedral.
4. Florence Baptistery: Explore the octagonal Baptistery of St. John, one of Florence's oldest buildings in Romanesque style.
5. Loggia del Bigallo: Discover this historic building showcasing beautiful architecture and serving various purposes over the centuries.
6. Opera del Duomo Museum: Visit this museum seeped in the great ancient art and rich history, featuring works by Michelangelo, Donatello, and others.
7. Arcivescovile and Canonici's Palace: Experience the cultural and historical significance of these palaces within the square.

Are there entry fees for the monuments in Piazza del Duomo?

Yes, to explore the monuments in Piazza del Duomo, except for the Cathedral (which is free), you need tickets for climbing Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Duomo Museum. You can opt for a cathedral square audio guide tour for a self-guided, insightful exploration.

How to book tickets for Piazza del Duomo?

You can book tickets for Piazza del Duomo landmarks online or at the venue. Online booking lets you choose tickets for your preferred landmarks on a specific date and time, avoiding lines at the ticket counter and offering potential discounts. This method allows you to skip queues at the ticket office. Some online tickets also provide combined access to multiple attractions like the cathedral, tower, and dome for a more comprehensive experience.

What kind of tickets are available for Piazza del Duomo, Florence?

Various tickets and tour options are available for Piazza del Duomo, Florence, including guided tours with optional dome climbs, combo tickets, Cathedral express tours, VIP experiences, city walking tours, and audio guides, each offering different durations, features, and prices.

What are the opening hours of the monuments in Piazza del Duomo?

The opening hours of the monuments in Piazza del Duomo vary:
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore: 10:15 am - 3:45 pm
Brunelleschi's Dome: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Baptistery of San Giovanni: 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Giotto's Bell Tower: 8:15 am - 6:45 pm
Opera del Duomo Museum: 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Ancient Basilica of Santa Reparata: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

When is the best time to visit Piazza del Duomo?

The best time to visit Piazza del Duomo is during the early morning or late afternoon to avoid large crowds. Weekdays are generally less busy than weekends. Additionally, consider the time of year; spring and fall typically offer pleasant weather and fewer tourists compared to the peak summer months.

Where is Piazza del Duomo located?

Piazza del Duomo, translated as "Cathedral Square," is located in the heart of Florence, Italy. This iconic square is recognized as one of the most visited locations in Europe and Florence's central area, featuring landmarks such as Florence Cathedral with the Cupola del Brunelleschi and more.

How to reach Piazza del Duomo, Florence?

To reach Florence's Piazza del Duomo, located in the heart of the capital of Tuscany, consider the following transportation options:
By bus: The C4 bus line is a convenient option, with stops in Via Panzani and Santa Caterina, both very close to Piazza del Duomo.
By tram: Take the T2 tramway line, and it stops at Unitá, which is located next to Piazza del Duomo.
By train: If arriving by train, the Santa Maria Novella station is just an 8-10 minute walk away from Piazza del Duomo.

Is Piazza del Duomo Florence wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Piazza del Duomo in Florence is generally wheelchair accessible. However, accessibility may vary for specific attractions within the square, so it's advisable to check with each monument individually for detailed information on wheelchair accessibility.

Are there any specific dress code requirements for visitors?

While there is no strict dress code for Piazza del Duomo itself, some monuments within the square may have specific requirements. It's recommended to dress modestly when visiting religious sites, such as the Florence Cathedral, covering shoulders and knees. Additionally, comfortable walking shoes are advisable, as exploring the square involves walking on cobblestone streets.

Can I attend mass at the Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo?

Yes, you can attend mass at the Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore holds regular masses, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to experience a spiritual moment in the historic setting of the square.

What are some recommended things to do at Piazza del Duomo?

Step into the heart of Florence's history, culture, and art at Piazza del Duomo. Admire the Florence Cathedral, climb Brunelleschi's Dome for stunning views, explore the Giotto's Bell Tower, and marvel at the Baptistery of San Giovanni. Visit museums like the Opera del Duomo and the Torrini Museum. Enjoy street performances, cultural events, and dine at charming Italian cafes for a truly memorable experience in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Can visitors climb the Florence Cathedral dome?

Yes, visitors can climb the Florence Cathedral dome, known as Brunelleschi's Dome. It offers a challenging yet rewarding ascent with breathtaking panoramic views of Florence. Be prepared for a steep climb, but the stunning vistas make it well worth the effort.

How old is the Piazza del Duomo Florence?

The Piazza del Duomo, as it stands today, is the result of a long process dating back to the Middle Ages. It began in 1064 with the foundation of the new Cathedral and was completed in the 14th century, forming a genuine square. Therefore, the Piazza del Duomo is over 900 years old, tracing its origins to the 11th century.

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