A Little Peek on Florence Tour Tickets

A guided tour to discover the greatest works of art of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, its terraces, and the secrets of Brunelleschi’s dome.

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 guarantees access to the entire monumental complex. The validity begins at the time of the tour, and the ticket remains valid to visit the monuments of the complex not yet visited, within 72 hours. Important details of the ticket conditions are given in the DETAILS section under the headline BEFORE YOU BOOK. Attention: The tour includes access to the Brunelleschi dome so it is not necessary to book the access time separately.

 

Available:

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

Start Time: 10:30 am

Duration: 1 hour

Language: English

Participants: Maximum 20

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.

A Little Peek on Florence

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.

Restrictions and Rules of Conduct

Visitors are asked to respect some simple rules. Your pre-purchased ticket DOES NOT guarantee access or the possibility to stay inside the monument. You may be asked to leave if you choose not to respect the following:

  • Appropriate clothing is required – no bare arms/shoulders or bare legs. Please note that access to the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Crypt will be denied without appropriate clothing.
  • Please respect the silence
  • Please turn your mobile phones and other electronic devices off
  • Do not eat nor drink
  • Pets are not allowed
  • Works of art must not be touched
  • No smoking
  • No flash photography or tripod
  • Access not allowed with large suitcases
  • Wardrobe not present

Please note that the various places of worship may always be subject to closure without notice for masses, concerts, and extraordinary events.

BEFORE YOU BOOK

> After you have successfully completed a booking, you will receive two emails: The copy of your order (immediately after placing it) and the confirmation email (one business day after placing your order). In order to receive these two emails, please make sure to enter your email address correctly and check that your spam or antivirus filters do not block the mails from our address [email protected] Special attention is kindly requested from users of AOL, Comcast and Sbcglobal.net.

> Your vouchers to participate in the tour will also be available, one business day after order is placed, on your account.

> The tour reservation includes the ticket that grants access to the entire monumental complex of Great Museum of the Cathedral of Florence [Cathedral Museum, Brunelleschi's dome (access time must be booked*), Giotto's campanile, Baptistery, archaeological site Santa Reparata]. This ticket will be provided by your guide at the time of the tour. Its validity begins at the time of the tour, and the ticket remains valid to visit the monuments of the complex not yet visited, within 72 hours.

* Attention: The Tour "A Little Peek on Florence" includes the entrance to Brunelleschi’s dome - it is therefore not necessary to book the access time separately.

 

Important information about the ticket to the sites of the Great Museum of the Cathedral of Florence:

> Pre-purchased ticket allows one entry to each site of the Great Museum of the Cathedral of Florence. Ticket does not allow two entries to the same monument.

> Pre-purchase does not allow priority admission to any monument.

> The ticket remains valid to visit the monuments of the Great Museum of the Cathedral of Florence not yet visited during the tour, within 72 hours of the tour.

> Ticket contains a barcode readable by the turnstiles at the entrances of the various sites. We recommend you print out your ticket, as use of mobile ticketing (mobile phones or tablets) is not advised because of reading difficulties of the barcode at the entrance.

> Customers with ticket must go directly to the entrance line of each monument, without going through the cashier/ticketing line.

> Your ticket is personal and non transferable; all tickets bought at the same time will be under the name of the group leader.

> IMPORTANT: Any errors made by the client on the selection of the date of visit will not be refunded.

> Tickets CANNOT be cancelled or changed and are NOT refundable. Weekend a Firenze will only refund the entire cost of your ticket(s) including the service fee if the monuments remain closed during the entire period of validity of the ticket(s).

Please note: Access to the cathedral itself is free and cannot be booked; it is not part of the ticket.

CANCELLATION POLICY

> Tickets CANNOT be cancelled or changed and are NOT refundable. Weekend a Firenze will only refund the entire cost of your ticket(s) including the service fee if the monuments remain closed during the entire period of validity of the ticket(s).

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