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Standing tall amid the iconic city skyline is the majestic Florence Cathedral (officially known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) and its red-tiled cupola. A symbol of this glorious city and marked by its Gothic beauty, no trip to Florence is complete without entering its hallowed bronze doors.

A hundred and fifty years in the making, it was Arnolfo di Cambio who first started working on it in 1296. Its lofty dome was added much later in 1436 by Filippo Brunelleschi. His revolutionary design, which incorporates a second inner dome and interlocking brickwork to reduce the structure's enormous weight, was celebrated as a feat of engineering. Brunelleschi’s dome remains the largest ever constructed in brick.

In the 19th century the cathedral received its now familiar elaborate Gothic facade in pink, white and green polychrome marble. Designed by architect Emilio de Fabris, it replaced the incomplete original, which was torn down in the 16th century. In constrast the cathedral’s interior is surprisingly stark, as most of its art works have been moved to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. That said you can still admire impressive frescoes, up to 44 stained-glass windows and the excavated remains of the basilica of Santa Reparata that lie beneath the cathedral.

The cathedral complex is completed by the Baptistry of San Giovanni, with its striking golden door (the aptly named Gates of Paradise) and shimmering ceiling mosaic, along with Giotto’s graceful campanile. Climb the latter for sweeping panoramic views from its terrace. You can also admire masterpieces by Michelangelo, Arnolfo, Ghiberti, Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Antonio Pollaiolo, and Verrocchio at the nearby Museo dell’Opera.

Opening hours

Cathedral 10am-4.30pm

Dome 8.30am-7.00pm

Baptistry 8.15am-10.15am & 11.15am-7.30pm

Bell Tower 8.15am-7.20pm

Crypt 10.00am-5pm

Museum 9.00am-7.00pm

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Tickets for the Florence Cathedral Complex and Brunelleschi's Dome
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Tickets for the Florence Cathedral Complex and Brunelleschi's Dome

Visit all the monuments in Florence's Piazza del Duomo with your ticket: the Cathedral, Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery.

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Florence Cathedral flash tour
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Florence Cathedral flash tour

Buy the Florence Duomo flash tour. Enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Cathedral of Florence!

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Brunelleschi's Dome guided tour
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Brunelleschi's Dome guided tour

Join this guided tour of Brunelleschi's Dome. Climb the 463 steps to the top and enjoy impressive views of Florence!

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Florence walking tour pass with 1 guided and 7 self-guided routes
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Florence walking tour pass with 1 guided and 7 self-guided routes

Experience the perfect mix of guided tours and autonomous sightseeing while visiting Florence thanks to this hop-on hop-off walking tour service!

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Florence semi-private tour with Uffizi and Accademia
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Florence semi-private tour with Uffizi and Accademia

Spend the day discovering the Duomo and Florence's historic center. Dive into the Renaissanceby visiting the Uffizi and the Accademia Gallery.

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Express guided tour of Florence Duomo with Skip-the-Line Access
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Express guided tour of Florence Duomo with Skip-the-Line Access

Book your Florence Duomo express guided tour with Musement. The iconic Florence Duomo minus the crowds with our no wait access and visit the spectacular Duomo, an architectural masterpiece

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Private shore excursion to Florence and Pisa from Livorno
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Private shore excursion to Florence and Pisa from Livorno

Book your private transfer from the cruise terminal of Livorno to Florence and Pisa. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Florence and explore Pisa at your own pace.

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Walking tour of Florence with optional Cathedral visit
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Walking tour of Florence with optional Cathedral visit

Discover the most important sites and monuments of Florence with an engaging local guide and book your priority access to the Cathedral online!

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Half-day Florence highlights walking tour and Accademia skip-the-line tickets
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Half-day Florence highlights walking tour and Accademia skip-the-line tickets

Make the most of your time in Florence with this small-group tour! With your skip-the-line ticket, visit the Accademia and admire Michelangelo's David.

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Florence Duomo guided tour for small groups
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Florence Duomo guided tour for small groups

Save time with your skip-the-line ticket to the Cathedral of Florence and visit its interior with a professional local guide.

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Brunelleschi's Dome and Duomo complex guided tour
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Brunelleschi's Dome and Duomo complex guided tour

Visit the monuments of the Florence Cathedral complex with a guide. See superb works of art in the Opera Museum and enjoy the view from the top of the Dome.

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Florence Cathedral small-group tour with skip-the-line tickets
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Florence Cathedral small-group tour with skip-the-line tickets

Discover the Cathedral of Florence with skip-the-line tickets and a professional, local guide at your disposal. Book now for an exclusive experience for small groups!

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