Complete Tour Description
Your tour starts near the majestic Cathedral in Piazza di San Giovanni, in front of the entrance to the ticket office. Ignore the astonishingly long lines snaking into the building and take in the beautiful colored marbles and the mesmerizing geometric patterns which have become the symbol of the city. You will be met by your English-speaking guide who has privileged access to the Duomo. They will bring you straight into the third largest Cathedral in the world for your tour to begin.
Inside, the Duomo is even more impressive, with elaborate marble floors mirroring its exterior and beautiful frescos lining the dome. Your guide will point out the fascinating features within the church such as Vasari’s frescoes of the Last Judgement, its 44 stained glass windows and its unique one-handed clock. Before your group goes up to the terraces your guide will explain how the dome required a whole new process for its construction.
On the Duomo terraces, we have an exclusive timeslot booked only for your group. From this peaceful and impressive view, you’ll be able to appreciate one of the most famous architectural masterpieces in the world from close up: the magnificent Brunelleschi Dome. From the terraces, you’ll also be able to see Vasari's frescoes in a better light. You’ll then be able to climb inside this space to reach the very top of the Dome, which crowns the Cathedral and boasts incredible views over the red-tiled rooftops of Florence!
Once you are back down on the ground you will be rewarded with an amazing sense of achievement. You can also be sure that you have seen the dome as the original builders would have.
As an added bonus, this tour ticket also allows you to access the Duomo Museum, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistry. So, make sure you take full advantage of this and visit the other architectural masterpieces of Florence during your stay.