Florence Duomo Complex – Guided Walking Tour In Florence, 3hrs
The “must do” tour of Florence. People will think you’re mad if you haven’t been to the Duomo. This tour covers the most predominant monument of Florence in the heart of the city and its complementing buildings in a very detailed way.
All the streets of Florence seem to lead to the Duomo – the heart and raison d’etre of this beautiful Italian city. This magnificent white, pink and green marble cathedral complex with its famous dome is dedicated to the Santa Maria del Fiore and is one of several must-see attractions in Florence.
Avoid the long lines queuing to enter this architectural masterpiece by joining our small group guided tour with a professional local guide. It’s a wonderful way to learn the salient facts about this magnificent Renaissance city as you stroll around plazas, museums and paved streets checking out the grandiose buildings that date back to the 13th century.
The trio of buildings within the pleasant historic centre of Florence date back to 1296 and are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The complex includes the Baptistery, Giotto’s Campanile (bell tower) and the Duomo itself along with the Duomo Museum. The basilica remains one of the largest churches in Italy and the building and maintaining of it is fascinating to hear. You’ll learn what the word “Duomo” means (it doesn’t mean dome, as everyone assumes!) and learn more surprising facts about these grand buildings as you enjoy your walking tour of Florence.
Not everyone can say they have climbed the Campanile (bell tower), entered the Cathedral and seen Brunelleschi’s breathtaking dome up-close, but we make sure that our tours include every single important highlight. Learn how the 150-foot wide dome was constructed 180-feet above the ground without scaffolding, and see the wonderful paintings of the Judgment by Vasari and Zuccaro. They are still among the largest paintings in the world!
Following your knowledgeable local guide, you’ll get priority admission to the octagonal Baptistery, best known for its gleaming bronze doors known as the Gates of Paradise. As you join other tourists in gazing at the relief work on the detailed panels, you will no doubt be surprised to hear that these are not actually the original bronze doors – the authentic East Doors are actually on display in the Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo!
Of course, our guide will whisk you through the turnstiles and into this Catholic Works Museum which was originally the workshops for the building of the Duomo. You could spend hours wandering through the displays, but your guide will cut to the highlights such as Michelangelo’s Pieta. You will hear why Michelangelo tried to destroy it and see tell-tale signs of the repaired damage to this world famous sculpture.
Marble choir lofts, 15th century artworks, stained glass and chunks of the original cathedral façade are woven into your 3-hour tour of the Florence Duomo Complex, bringing the city’s unique history vividly to life.
Visiting Florence is a once-in-a-lifetime highlight for most visitors, so you won’t want to miss a thing. Our guide will make your visit memorable and interesting, combining local history, facts and snippets with the unforgettable views of the city from your privileged access to the bell tower and cathedral dome. All the entrance tickets and more are included in this outstanding Florence Duomo Walking Tour.
Join our all included Duomo tour for easy access to the Cathedral and its dome.
You can choose to go private or join a small group of max 8 so the experience is always intimate.