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

Briefing for first-time visitors, independent or by tour

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

The Duomo - an overview

Even for the most travelled of visitors who think they have seen everything, walking into the Piazza di San Giovanni or Piazza del Duomo and being confronted with the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiori) and the adjacent Campanile and Baptistery 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 remodeled 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 tickets and practical information

Admission and tickets

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 Baptistery of San Giovanni, the Crypt of Santa Reparata and the Opera Museum.

You can buy tickets at ticket offices around the Duomo.

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

Entrance into the Cathedral itself is free.

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.

Florence Duomo


Florence Duomo
Guided tour of the iconic Duomo

• Climb to very top of Dome  • Access to secret rooms & terraces not open to public

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 Baptistery 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.

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


Popular Tours in & around Florence

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The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces Tour

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Florence Fast Track Entrance Tickets

Accademia Gallery Fast Track Entrance Tickets

Home to the original statue of David by Renaissance genius Michelangelo. View ticket option


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Day Tours to Tuscany & beyond from Florence

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