The Duomo Florence (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori)

A First Time Visitors Briefing - Independent Or By Tour

The Duomo Florence (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori)
Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori - The Duemo

The Duomo Florence - Official Web Site

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

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

As soon as you arrive in Florence the red dome of the Duemo and the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio are prominent landmarks reaching up above the rooftops of the rest 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.

Independent Visits To The Duemo - Practical Information

A visit to the Dueomo 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 Duomo Interior Florence (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori)
Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori Interior

Entry to the Cathedral is free and most days from 10 a.m. The Cathedral is closed Sunday mornings and key religious days like Easter Sunday.

Your entrance tickets covers:

Entry to the Dome is from 8:30 a.m and is closed all day Sundays.

Entry to the Bell Tower is from 8:30 a.m also and visitors are required to climb 414 steps, (no lifts).

Entry to the Crypt is from 10:00 a.m 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 11:15 a.m.

The Opera Museum opens 9:00 a.m. all day, but closed Sunday afternoons.

Ticketing & In Depth Information On What You Will See

You can buy tickets at ticket offices around the Duemo or you can purchase on-line in advance from the official web-site, link at top of page. You will also be able to update yourself on precise opening times or temporary closures on the day you want to visit.

The same website has extensive information about what you will see, well worth getting yourself up to speed on what you will witness and its history..

Details of guided tours that visit the Duemo are at the link below.

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