The Duomo, Florence (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiori)

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The Duomo Florence (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori)

Visit independently or by tour: Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiori - the Duomo

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The Duomo - an overview

Even for the most travelled of visitors who think they have seen everything, walking into the Piaza di San Giovanni or Piazza del Duomo and being confronted with the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiori) and the adjacent Campanile and Baptistry is an uplifting experience.


And yes, you will be walking as you visit the Duomo, as the vicinity around the Duomo is pedestrianised.


As soon as you arrive in Florence the red dome of the Duomo and the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio are prominent landmarks reaching high above the rooftops of the city.


At the heart of the historic centre you'll catch glimpses of the red dome as you walk along the winding maze of narrow lanes and alleys. It will save you a lot of time and stress if you get yourself a basic street map. Plenty are available.


The 13th century Sienese architect Arnolfo di Cambio was responsible for building many landmarks in Florence but this is his showstopper. The beautiful ribbed dome was creatively added by Brunelleschi in the 1420s.


The building took 170 years to complete, and the facade was remodelled to reflect Cambio’s design in the 19th century.

 

Inside the Duomo, your eyes are inevitably drawn upwards to that soaring painted dome and lovely stained-glass windows by such masters as Donatello.


Visit the crypt, where Brunelleschi's tomb lies, or to the top of the enormous dome itself for stupendous views over Florence.


The Duomo practical information

A visit to the Duomo is made of several components, not just the Cathedral. There is a single admission ticket giving you access to Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry of San Giovanni, the Crypt of Santa Reparata and the Opera Museum. Entrance into the Cathedral itself is free.


The Cathedral is closed Sunday mornings and key religious days like Easter Sunday.

 

Dress code

As a religious site you are required to wear appropriate, respectful clothing. Shorts and skirts need to be to the knee and no hats, sunglasses or sleeveless tops are allowed.


Opening times for different areas of Duomo

The Duomo Interior Florence (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori)

Free entry: Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiori interior

Entry to the Dome is from 8.30am and is closed all day Sundays.


Entry to the Bell Tower is from 8.30am also and visitors are required to climb 414 steps (no lifts).

 

Entry to the Crypt is from 10am and is closed all day Sundays and can close at any time for religious events.


The Baptistry is directly opposite the front of the Cathedral and opens most days at 11.15am


The Opera Museum opens 9am all day, but closed Sunday afternoons.


Duomo entrance tickets

Entry to the Cathedral is free though the other attractions listed above require a ticket for which there is a charge.

You can buy tickets at ticket offices around the Duomo.

Details of guided tours that visit the Duomo are on the links below.


Florence Uffizi Gallery Tickets

Popular Tours In Florence & Day Tours From Florence

City Of Florence Highlights Tours

Florence Hop On, Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Tour    from €23.00

24 hr, 48 hr and 72 hr tickets

Best of Florence Full Day Walking Tour    €99.00

Includes Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery and Florence Duomo

Full Day Highlights Tour Of Florence    €119.00

Coach orientation plus visit to Douro + Accademia + Uffizi Galleries

Morning or Afternoon Half Day Best of Florence Full Day Walking Tour    €55.00

3 Hour small group walking tour inc Accademia Gallery admission

Accademia Gallery Guided Tour    €39.00

Home to the original statue of David by Renaissance genius Michelangelo

Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour    €49.00

Experience the world-famous gallery’s Renaissance highlights and architecture.

Accademia + Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour  €99.00

Small group guided tour of the two major galleries in Florence

Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery Guided Tour  €44.00

Small group guided tour of the Pritti Palace

The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces Tour   €55.00

Small group guided tour of Florence cathedral including hidden areas

Florence Fast Track Entrance Tickets

Accademia Gallery Fast Track Entrance Tickets

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Uffizi Gallery Fast Track Entrance Tickets

1,500 pieces of art including Michelangelo

Pitti Palace Fast Track Entrance Tickets

Renaissance masterpieces, including Raphael, Titian and Rubens.

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Includes Siena, Chianti vineyards, San Gimignano, Pisa

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All entrance fees included

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Return coach travel, walking tour, with or without entry to leaning tower

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Fully inclusive day of hiking inc lunch

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