Wonderful time in florence! We visited almost all the museums and galleries. Having tickets in advance will help to save time in front of the dome.
This was an awesome tour! Nice way to explore the city. The guide was informative and friendly. Definitely recommend!
Wow, Uffizi gallery, We bought this ticket but later decide to upgrade to tour and it was amazing. the tour guide was wonderful and good knowledge of the history.
I had a good time in florence, It's not that busy now so it's easy to visit and take pictures. Overall experience was great!
I couldn't believe how knowledgable my guide was during my visit to the Duomo. Taking a tour was definitely worth it.
Whenever you hear about Florence, the mention of its dome is not far behind. Indeed, its residents couldn’t be more proud of the structure. But what is the Duomo in Florence and why is it so unique? Indeed, Duomo Florence is by far the city's most archetypal landmark. Part of the Florence cathedral complex, the dome dominates the city’s skyline. The cathedral is an impressive monument boasting a white, green, and pink marble facade and elegant bell tower. However, it's the Brunelleschi’s red-tiled dome that sits atop the mighty cathedral devoted to Santa Maria del Fiore which makes it one of the most visited attractions in Florence. In fact, Duomo Florence tickets sales are through the roof regardless of the time of year!
The dome fascinates people all over the world. It does so not just for its apparent grandeur but also for the genius of engineering creativity that went into its construction. The committee in charge insisted that the crowning element of the cathedral be the largest dome in the world. The church was to demonstrate the power, beauty, and honor of Florence. However, by that time, the cathedral’s construction had already started to take on its sizeable octagonal shape.
This proved to be very tricky for Tuscan architects. They were only familiar with building cupolas on top of circular foundations like the Roman Pantheon. So, the polygonal base of the cathedral stood without a roof for an impressive 120 years. In fact, it left the altar at mercy of nature's elements. Finally, in 1418, the Opera del Duomo committee announced a public contest for a new cupola design. Luckily for us, the project was ultimately awarded to Filippo Brunelleschi.
He came up with an outrageous plan to construct two domes, one inside the other and all without using expensive copper scaffolding. His dome comprises two concentric shells; the internal one is only visible from within the cathedral as you climb up and the taller one forms the external red-tiled dome. Pope Eugene IV consecrated the completed cathedral in March 1436.
Today, climbing up to the top of the roof remains one of the most popular choices for visitors. This is mainly because the view from Duomo Florence is breathtaking. However, to be able to go up, you need a skip the line Duomo Florence tickets with reservation or book a Florence Duomo tour with the reservation included. What time does the Duomo in Florence open? Explore the page for more information as well as tickets, tours and special offers regarding the Florence’s Duomo and cathedral complex.
Because of long queues we always recommend booking Florence duomo skip the line tickets on the web. However, you can also visit the Duomo’s two ticket office. Ticket office 1 is located at Salla delle Colonne, Piazza del Duomo, 14/a. Ticket office 2 is located at Palazzo Reale - Piazza del Duomo, 12 at the Grande Museo del Duomo. You can also buy climb the Duomo tickets from self-service ticket machines on site.
The Duomo is located in the old part of town and is not directly accessible by car. Parking is available in the nearby Piazza Fontana, 400 meters from the Piazza Duomo. Drivers should be aware that the area surrounding the Cathedral is a limited traffic zone subject to Area C restrictions in place Monday to Friday from 7.30 am - 7.30 pm.
By train, the Duomo can be reached via the M3 (yellow underground line) from Central Station. The stop is Duomo. The Duomo stop can also be reached via the M1 (red line) from Cadorna Station. If traveling from Garibaldi Station take the M2 (green line) and change to the M1 at Cardrona.
Florence also boasts a bike sharing service BikeMi, and there are a number of docking stations surrounding the Cathedral.
The Duomo is one of Italy’s most popular attractions and pulls a big crowd, especially in the summer months. To avoid the biggest crowds visit the Duomo early in the morning or later in the afternoon or visit outside of the peak tourist months.
The Duomo is arguably the birthplace of the Renaissance. The Cathedral’s octagonal dome is a masterpiece of innovative architecture that has withstood the test of time. Inside, the Giorgio Vasari’s frescoes of the Last Judgement adorns the dome’s ceiling and is a spectacular sight.
Entrance to the Duomo is free, but there are often long lines. It is worth looking online and booking Duomo Florence skip the line tickets that allow you to skip the entrance. For access to the Crypt of St. Charles (inside the Cathedral) Florence cathedral tickets cost 2 - 3 €, this also gains you admission to the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo in Corte Church. To enjoy the view of Florence from the terrace, climb the dome. there is a fee of 4.50 - 9 € (admission by foot) or 7 - 13 € (admission by lift).
While a guide is not strictly necessary, we always recommend one. Guides have a wealth of knowledge that allows you to better appreciate the art and history of the site you are visiting. We always recommend booking Florence duomo guided tours on the web.