Duomo Florence Tours

5/5

A Duomo Florence Tour will teach you all you need to know about the city’s history. A qualified guide will lead you around the cupula and to the summit to appreciate the magnificent city views from the Duomo Florence.

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€54

Brunelleschi's Dome: Tour

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Access to Brunelleschi's Dome and Live tour guide

4.6/5
€70

Florence Cathedral and The Opera del Duomo Museum: Tour with Brunelleschi's Dome

Brunelleschi's Dome, Duomo Museum, Giotto's Bell Tower, Crypt of Santa Reparata

4.6/5
€45

Florence: Entry Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome

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Reserved tickets to enter the Dome

4.3/5

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Types of Florence Duomo Tours

Take a look at the features of each type of tour before choosing your tour, and then make an informed decision. Here’s a list of the best Duomo Florence tours and their main highlights.

  • Guided Tour

The crown jewel of the Florence Cathedral, the Duomo, is a historically rich and magnificent site to be explored with an expert historian who’ll provide intriguing insights on the structure and how it was built. On this tour, you’ll get to get a close look at the iconic Cathedral that dominates the Florentine skyline and soak in knowledge about its history. This Duomo Florence tour is perfect for those who enjoy small travel groups and are on a budget.

  • Skip the Line Duomo Florence Tour

Want to head right to the Duomo? Buy the skip-the-line Duomo Florence tour tickets. Grab a two-in-one deal with this tour option, as you not only skip long lines and the hassle of waiting, but you also get an expert guide taking you down memory lane, touring you around the massive cathedral. As soon as you’re done with your guided tour, you get to spend as much time as you like inside the cathedral and museum.

  • Combo Tour

Make the most of your trip to Florence by opting for a combination of different attractions, after all, who doesn’t like a bundle of joy? On this Duomo Florence tour, you get to stroll around and experience the two most important attractions of the city – the Duomo and Uffizi Gallery. This tour includes a guide who speaks various languages, tells you amazing stories of the cathedral’s historical art, and makes your time worthwhile with his knowledgeable anecdotes. Additionally, the combination tour also comes with a skip-the-line feature, so you can head right into both places. 

  • Climb up the Dome Tour

Let the magnificent architecture of the Duomo cathedral beguile you with its fantastic bird-eye views from Duomo terraces. Climb up to the dome on this Duomo Florence tour, there’s a hidden terrace hiding the gems of historical art from those who haven’t visited it yet. Choose between Brunelleschi’s Dome, the Duomo Terraces, or Giotto’s Bell Tower. This tour is especially for those who’d want to explore the attraction even further. An expert guide will accompany you along. 

  • Half-Day Tour

Taking the half-day tour is highly recommended if you are visiting Florence for the first time. This Duomo tour includes a visit to the most iconic attraction in the city – the Duomo, Brunelleschi’s dome, Vasari’s frescoes, the Accademia Gallery, and the Uffizi Gallery. All these places combine to put on display an array of grand paintings by legendary Italian artists. All the wandering around while having the best time, of course with the company of an entertaining tour guide.

Duomo Florence Tour Price 2022

  • Adults and teenagers (above 12 years): General Admission tickets from €25.
  • Priority Entrance Tour of the Florence Dome: €39.
  • Infants (0 – 5 years): Free entrance.
  • Children (6 – 11 years): General Admission tickets from €10.

Duomo Florence Opening Hours 2022

The opening hours of Duomo Florence are as follows:

  • The Cathedral: Opens at 10:15 a.m. and closes at 04:15 p.m. on weekdays.
  • Brunelleschi’s Dome: Opens at 12:45 p.m. and closes at 06:45 p.m. on weekdays.

Note: Saturday, Sunday, public holidays, January 1st, Epiphany, Easter, and Christmas Day are all days when the Duomo cathedral is closed.

Prepare Your Visit

  • Bring your personal passport or ID card, as well as your children’s passports or ID cards.
  • The ascent to the top of the Dome consists of 463 steps, some of which are particularly steep and tight.
  • Shorts, skirts, short dresses, and sleeveless shirts are prohibited.
  • Bring a water bottle since climbing the Duomo’s stairs to the summit can be exhausting.
  • Pets, baggage, and big suitcases are not permitted.
  • It is a mandate for everyone to undergo a security checkpoint just like at the airport.

The Brunelleschi Dome Highlights

  • Climb the 463 steps to the pinnacle of Brunelleschi’s cupola and take in the panoramic view of Florence.
  • Take a stroll around the Piazza Del Duomo, taking in Giotto’s Bell Tower, San Giovanni Battista’s Baptistery, and Santa Maria del Fiore’s Basilica as you go.
  • The Duomo clock, which is situated above the cathedral’s main entrance, is a sight to behold. In actuality, the clock has just one hand and runs on the Italica ora (Italian time).
  • Ascend Giotto’s bell tower to the summit. View the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and the red-tiled roofs from a new angle.
  • Experience Palazzo Vecchio and its ancient furniture collection, which includes carved wooden inscriptions, magnificent murals, and gorgeous frescoes.
  • Look up at the murals on the mosaic ceiling of the Florence Baptistery. There are several biblical scenes depicted in these beautiful gold mosaics.

How To Reach Dome

Train

Florence’s Duomo is easily accessible by train and tram. To save time during travel, it is recommended to book tickets online or well in advance. The nearest tram stop, Valfonda, is a 10-minute walk from the cathedral.

Car

If you’re traveling from Milan, search for ‘Firenze Nord,’ and if you’re traveling from Rome, look for ‘Firenze Sud.’ Following your arrival, seek paid parking places near the Duomo for quick access.

Bus

Florence’s municipal buses make getting about the city the most convenient. To get to the cathedral, you can acquire a day pass or buy tickets from kiosks, railway stations, or coffee shops across the city. To go to the cathedral, take the bus to Condotta.

Information for Visitors on Covid-19

Safety measures

  • All spots and corners of the cathedral are cleaned on a regular basis.
  • To avoid overcrowding, the number of visitors is limited.

Traveler requirements

  • FFP2 masks must be brought and worn by all participants. Surgical masks of the color blue will not be allowed.
  • All competitors above the age of 12 must provide confirmation of complete immunization.
  • It is mandatory that you carry and wear a mask.

FAQ's

1. Why is Florence's Duomo famous?

There are several reasons why the Duomo in Florence is famous, but I’ll limit myself to three. 1) Take a look at it; it’s stunning. 2) Its vastness; despite the fact that it was built over seven centuries ago, it is still one of the world’s top ten largest churches. 3) Its Dome, which was completed in 1436 and was the world’s biggest free-standing dome for centuries, was an architectural masterpiece.

2. How many stairs does it take to reach the top of the Duomo?

Wear comfortable shoes because the Duomo ascent is 463 steps along tiny winding hallways and some quite steep staircases. This activity is not recommended if you have limited movement, have a heart issue, or suffer from claustrophobia or vertigo.

3. Who painted Florence's Duomo?

Giorgio Vasari created the artwork on the inside of the Dome, and the work began in 1572. Vasari died before it could be completed, but Federico Zuccari completed it.

4. Is there a dress code when visiting the Duomo Cathedral?

Yes. Because it is still a functioning consecrated Cathedral, a rigorous dress rule applies: chest and shoulders must be covered, and slacks or skirts must extend below the knees. We suggest you stick to the dress code for entry.

5. Where can you dine and drink near the Duomo?

Here are some of the most popular dining alternatives around the Duomo complex:

  • Coquinarius €€ – Traditional food in the heart of Florence. There’s also a sizable wine list!
  • La Ménagère €€ — Coffee, breakfast, and lunch are available. Trattoria Dall’Oste Chianineria €€ – For the greatest Bistecca Fiorentina (Florentine Steak), go to Trattoria Dall’Oste Chianineria!
  • Trattoria Mario € – A simple, local lunch and supper restaurant.

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