Florence Cathedral: A Little Peek on Florence

A guided tour to discover the greatest pieces of art within the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence Cathedral: A Little Peek on Florence
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Stunning art and an exclusive vantage point!

Technical organization Opera di S. M. del Fiore di Firenze
Provided by Opera di S. M. del Fiore di Firenze

Overview

Discover the greatest works of art within the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore such as the clock by Paolo Uccello, the magnificent fresco by Zuccari and Vasari and the marble choir created by Baccio Bandinelli. The tour will also take you for a climb up to the panoramic terrace on the north side of the Cathedral, where you'll enjoy an extraordinary view over the roofs of Florence and Brunelleschi's Dome.

Your ticket provides access to the entire monumental complex, and is personal and non transferable.

 

Available:

  • from January to March: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • from April to December: from Monday to Saturday

Time: 10:30am

Duration: 1 hour

Language: English

Meeting Point: 15 minutes before confirmed time at Centro Arte e Cultura, Piazza San Giovanni 7.

Please note: 463 stairs, no elevator

 

IMPORTANT WARNING! ACCESS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to those who present themselves without the CONFIRMATION VOUCHER sent by us one business day after the request. The copy of your order and confirmation of payment from the bank ARE NOT VALID for ticket pick-up.

 

IMPORTANT: CODE OF CONDUCT

The monumental complex of Santa Maria del Fiore is above all a place for prayer and worship. Visitors are therefore asked to respect some simple behavior rules in respect of the place and the persons.Your pre-purchased tickets DOES NOT GUARANTEE access or permission to stay inside the monuments if the behavior rules are not respected, especially the dress code.

  • Please dress appropriately - bare legs and shoulders are not permitted (no shorts nor miniskirts), access will be denied
  • Please be quiet
  • Please turn your mobile phones off
  • Do not eat nor drink
  • Pets are not allowed
  • Works of art must not be touched
  • No smoking
  • Please don't use flash photography or tripod, please silence your photographic equipment

 

PLEASE NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum or attraction will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be anytime during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Tickets cannot be refunded unless the monument remains closed for unforeseen reasons during the whole period of validity of the ticket.

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Details

Discover the greatest works of art within the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - such as the clock by Paolo Uccello, the fresco by Zuccari and Vasari and the marble choir created by Baccio Bandinelli. The tour will also take you for a climb up to the panoramic terrace on the north side of the Cathedral, where you'll enjoy an extraordinary view over the roofs of Florence and Brunelleschi's Dome.

After an exciting climb, you'll reach the panoramic terraces of the Cathedral that tower over thirty meters high above ground (almost 100 feet!), just below the roof of Santa Maria del Fiore. See the beautiful surroundings of Florence from an exclusive vantage point, as well as all the monuments of the city. Above all, enjoy the close presence of the cupola. The walk around the Cathedral offers you the opportunity to appreciate the marble decorations, virtually untouched by time.

Formed by two interconnected domes, the octagonal cupola of the Cathedral of Florence was built between 1418 and 1434 based on the proposal Filippo Brunelleschi presented at the 1418 competition. Dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore (Saint Mary of the Flower), the temple consecrated on March 25, 1436 is still the largest dome ever built with bricks.

The Duomo is a wonder of the world of architecture, and its execution is in many regards still a mystery. With its octagonal dome higher and wider than any that had ever been built, with no external buttresses to keep it from spreading and falling under its own weight, the technical difficulties were some of the greatest ever faced – and overcome – in the history of architecture.

During your visit, you have the opportunity to see the details of this work created by the genius Filippo Brunelleschi. Take the walkways, corridors, and the spiral staircases that lead to the top of the panoramic terrace (92 meters/301 feet), and travel back in time.

The cupola is 45.5 meters (1,492 feet) in diameter, equalling the entire Baptistery. Brunelleschi’s astonishing innovation was that of vaulting the cupola without a skeleton by using a double vault separated by an air space. The bricks of the internal vault (2 meters/6 feet thick), laid in a herringbone pattern, are self-supporting, while the external vault is only a covering.



At the top of the cupola rises the lantern with its cone-shaped covering after a design by Brunelleschi, realized after the artist’s death (1446). Verrocchio's gilded copper ball with cross containing holy relics sits atop it since 1466. 


The fresco decoration covering over three thousand square meters of the inside of Brunelleschi’s cupola was realized between 1572 and 1579 by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari. With depictions of the Last Judgment, it shares the iconographic theme with the Baptistery. The frescoes in the cupola were completely restored between 1978 and 1994.

 

Prices

Only Full Price Tickets can be pre-purchased online.

Reduced price tickets are available for the following categories, ONLY AT THE TICKET OFFICE:

  • FAI members
  • Children from 6 to 11 years of age

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