Florence: 1-Hour Cupola Entry and Guided Tour
- Duration: 1 hour
Enjoy skip-the-ticket-line admission to the Duomo complex in the heart of historic Florence. Your licensed guide will take you on a tour of the Duomo, the Baptistery, and the Opera Museum. You'll also see the exterior of Giotto’s Bell Tower. Admire the important works of art that reside in the Opera Museum including The Pietà by Michelangelo, and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise. You can also visit the remnants of the ancient church of Santa Reparata, on top of which the Duomo was constructed.
The exterior view of the Cupola is a showstopper, but the only way to see the inside of the dome up close and enjoy the extraordinary view of Florence is to climb its 463 steps. Discover how the Cupola was designed and built by Brunelleschi in 1418. Find out why the corridors are so narrow, and admire Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9) on your way up. Look down and on the base, just above the drum, see the balcony started, but never finished, in 1507. Hear about the fascinating story of the balcony and the unfinished eighth side from your guide. Once you climb to the top of the Cupola, you will be enchanted by the panoramic view of the Florence city in front of your eyes. Your guide will talk about the history and art of this Duomo Square and answer any of your questions regarding Duomo.
We really enjoyed this tour. We had a large group (16), so they divided us into two groups. Both guides spoke flawless English and were engaging and friendly. It was definitely a highlight of the day!
Enjoy skip-the-line admission to the Duomo complex (Cathedral and Museum) in the heart of historic Florence. Your licensed guide will take you on a tour of the Duomo, the Baptistery, and the Opera Museum. You'll also see the exterior of Giotto’s Bell Tower. On this guided tour you’ll be able to hear your guide’s commentary perfectly with the audio system that’s included. If you like you can climb to the top of the bell tower. The tour includes visits to the Cathedral, Baptistry, and the Opera Museum. Admire the important works of art that reside in the Opera Museum including The Pietà by Michelangelo that he himself mutilated and left unfinished at his death and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise.
The booking included the basillika, but it was closed. We was very disappointed that the company Get Your Guide did not know that. We order this only one day before Afterall the guide Maddalene gave us A very god experience
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We were the only ones booked and received a private tour with our guide. He was very informative about the construction of the duomo and about florence in general. He was easy to locate at the start of the tour (this was a major problem on a GYG tour booked in Milan earlier in the week). Much more enjoyable experience overall!
Our tour guide, Giacomo, was fantastic. Both knowledgeable and courteous. He is an architect himself so he explained many elements of the church and the dome in great detail. Spoke loud enough for all of us to hear clearly which is usually an issue on crowded tours. Would recommend to anyone visiting Florence.
Pleasant explanation and guide (Giulia) very sweet and very prepared, really kind and helpful
Leonardo was our guide, nice kid, knew his stuff. Smoothe checkin, cut the line
Guide (Silvia) explanations were excellent and the view is awesome!