Pick up: Audio Guide Desk Duomo di Firenze (Piazza Duomo) in the following hours:
- from middle March to middle November: 10:00 - 16:00
- from middle November to middle March: only holidays and long weekends
- On Sunday only in the afternoon
Closure without previous notice for masses, concerts and extraordinary events.
Available in 8 languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and Chinese.
Duration: 35 minuttes.
Audio Guide Cathedral of Florence
Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral of Florence, was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio; construction for the building was begun in 1296. Santa Maria del Fiore is the world’s third largest church (after Saint Peter’s in Rome and Saint Paul’s in London), and a UNESCO world heritage site (together with the Saint John's Baptistery and Giotto's bell tower).
The third and last cathedral of Florence, it was dedicated in 1412 to Santa Maria del Fiore, with a clear allusion to the lily, symbol of the city. It rose over the second cathedral that early Christian Florence had dedicated to Santa Reparata. The considerable diversities of style found in its parts testify to the varying tastes over the long period of time between its founding and completion.
The dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi concluded the building structurally in 1436. Until the development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world, and it still remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.
Take the 35 minute audio tour, and you will be sure to see the most important aspects of this magnificent church!