Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

See frescoes and stained-glass windows galore, plus top views of Florence from the Duomo’s cupola.

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore Tickets with Dome Climb

1. Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore Tickets with Dome Climb

Discover the beauty of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral during an exclusive adventure. Admire the 13th-century gothic church, a pearl of Florentine architecture and which now is considered the 4th biggest church in Europe. Enjoy unforgettable views and incredible stories of the 2nd largest Duomo in Italy. Walk up the historic 463 steps and marvel at the beautiful city of Florence from an entirely different perspective. See famous frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari. Walk around the Santa Reparata Crypt and learn about the cathedral's history in the Museum of the Duomo. Climb at your own pace to the very top of the largest dome in the world built by Brunelleschi. Rest at the top, and take in one of the most amazing views of Florence. In the interior, marvel at the 16th-century frescos painted by Vasari and Zuccari.

From Florence: Duomo, and Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

2. From Florence: Duomo, and Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

See 3 of the most important attractions in Florence on a guided tour of the Florence Cathedral, the Giotto bell-tower, and Brunelleschi's Dome. Skip the ticket line and marvel at the panoramic views of the city. Meet your guide and save precious time as you walk past the long line to enter the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Discover the golden age of Florence as you explore the city's most important landmark and the fourth-largest church in the world. Explore the Crypt of Santa Reparata, the remains of the old cathedral located beneath Santa Maria del Fiore. Then, learn about the work of some of the most remarkable gothic and renaissance masters that helped create the Florence Cathedral. Learn about the oldest and most venerated building in Florence, the Baptistery of St. John. Marvel at the stunning golden mosaics covering the internal dome and apses of the Baptistery. Finally, take the opportunity to climb to the highest point in Florence, walking up the 463 steps that lead to the very top of Brunelleschi's Dome. Pass between the double dome while admiring the finest architectural masterpiece built in the 15th century. Your effort will be rewarded when you reach the lantern of the dome, where you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the city of Florence.

Florence Cathedral: Priority Entrance Tour

3. Florence Cathedral: Priority Entrance Tour

Skip the long ticket lines and enter the Cathedral quickly and painlessly. Cross the threshold and be greeted by the 3 naves of the church, as well as its stunning interior. Marvel at the light pouring through the stained glass windows, colorfully illuminating the cathedral's interior. Take a journey back in time as your local guide details the history of the Duomo. Learn about its progression from a small 7th-century church to the third-largest cathedral in the world. The dome remains the largest brick dome ever constructed and the cathedral complex itself was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear how Brunelleschi developed innovative techniques in order to build the iconic Duomo, and be amazed at Zuccari and Vasari's massive fresco depicting the Last Judgement. Once your guided tour is over, you can stay inside the Cathedral for as long as you like.

Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour

4. Florence: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour

Learn about Florence's history while exploring the Duomo. Meet your knowledgeable guide on this guided tour of one of Florence's most iconic sites. Explore the beautiful and historic Duomo, while hearing fascinating stories of Florence and the Cathedral from your licensed guide. Headsets are provided so you can admire the works at your own pace while enjoying your guides commentary. Go back in time to when Florence was ruled by the Medici Family, one of the most powerful and wealthiest in Italy's history. Enter the Cathedral, see the indoor decoration, and find out how the Cupola was created by Filippo Brunelleschi. Admire the incredible fresco by Giorgio Vasari, The Last Judgment. Experience the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, considered one of the most important in the world. See why the Duomo complex is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

5. Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Located in the heart of Florence, this stunning Cathedral is one of the most visited places in Europe and definitely a must-see during your stay in Florence. When you walk to the square, you'll find this monumental square with Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, and others, including the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. With this tour, you'll have the chance to enjoy a guided tour inside the cathedral. As you explore the inside of the cathedral, your guide will show the main artworks conserved within. The construction of the Cathedral began in the 13th Century thanks to Arnolfo di Cambio and was finished later with the magnificent Dome created by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 1420s. It's a huge and massive construction. With this tour, you'll have the chance to enjoy a 1h guided tour of the Cathedral where our guide will show the main artworks still conserved inside.

Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

6. Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Explore Florence's Cathedral with an entry pass to this iconic landmark. Visit the top of the Dome, and the Baptistry, Crypt, Bell Tower, and the Opera del Duomo Museum. Collect your entry ticket at the agency near the Ponte Vecchio or ask to receive a digitalized entry ticket and the audioguide on your phone. Enjoy your self-guided tour of the Cupola and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Once you've arrived at the top feel as if you are taking a skywalk above the city. Marvel at the stunning views of the Tuscan countryside and Florence city center including Fiesole, the Chianti area, the central market, Santa Croce Church, the Synagogue, San Lorenzo Church, Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, and more. You can also discover the fascinating interiors of the Cathedral, including the Baptistry and Crypt. Learn more about these treasured historic features of the Cathedral with your audio guide.

Florence: Entry Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome

7. Florence: Entry Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome

Enjoy reserved entrance to Brunelleschi's Dome, part of Florence's Cathedral, with this ticket. Meet the local assistant at the meeting point, present your voucher, and receive your tickets to begin your experience. First, enter the Dome and climb 463 steps to reach the top. Please note that the way is narrow, there is no elevator, and the climb is not recommended for people suffering from heart problems, vertigo, or claustrophobia. Marvel at the egg-shaped architecture of the Dome, which was the largest such structure in the world in its time. On your visit to the Dome’s interior, you’ll have the opportunity to see the many frescoes and stained-glass windows. Admire Zuccari and Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment, and enjoy a beautiful panorama over Florence and its surroundings from the summit.

Florence: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

8. Florence: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

Explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence’s Duomo, considered one of the most important and gorgeous buildings in the world, on this guided tour. Start the tour by learning the fascinating stories of Florence and the cathedral from your licensed guide. Go inside and explore the interior decoration, learn how the Cupola was created, and admire the incredible fresco of Giorgio Vasari, the Last Judgment. After this, go inside the Baptistery, the holy place, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, where Dante Alighieri, the Medici Family, and other nobles and famous people were baptized. Following the guided tour, be led to the Cupola entrance, where you’ll be able to climb to the top at your own pace and admire The Last Judgment, the famous fresco by Giorgio Vasari. Once at the top, discover the breathtaking 360-degree panorama, from where you can see all of Florence.

Florence: Cathedral Guided Tour & Tickets to 4 Attractions

9. Florence: Cathedral Guided Tour & Tickets to 4 Attractions

Learn the secrets of the Cathedral of Florence on a guided tour. Admire the fantastic architecture of Brunelleschi's Dome. Get tickets to explore Giotto's Clock Tower, the Baptistery, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, and the St. Reparata Church. Meet your guide in Cathedral Square at the heart of Florence's Old Town and begin your guided walking tour of the Cathedral. Hear anecdotes and stories behind the construction of the Cathedral. View the stunning masterpieces preserved inside the Cathedral. Get access to the magnificent Dome created by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 1420s. Have the option to climb up the 463 steps and reach the top of this architectural masterpiece. At the top of the dome, gaze out at spectacular views of the Florentine skyline. Venture to see other attractions from your combined ticket on your own. Take in the 14th-century Gothic architecture in Giotto’s Clocktower and the fascinating octagonal shape of the Baptistery. Go beneath the city as you visit the crypt which holds the former cathedral at the St. Reparata Church. Marvel at works by Renaissance masters at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. See pieces like Michelangelo's 'Florentine Pieta' and Donatello's 'Penitent Magdalene'.

Florence Cathedral: Priority Entry and Express Guided Tour

10. Florence Cathedral: Priority Entry and Express Guided Tour

Skip the long lines to one of the most popular attractions in Florence and save precious time on an express guided tour of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Once inside the amazing monument - also known as the Florence Duomo - marvel at the vaulted ceilings, intricate stained-glass windows and beautiful frescos. Hear the fascinating story of the building's creation from a dedicated guide, from its origins as a 7th-century church to the impressive 89,000 square foot cathedral that stands in its place today. Learn about the new engineering technique created by Filippo Brunelleschi to build the dome. See a stunning fresco of The Last Judgement by Vasari in the cupola. Then, get the option to stay and explore at leisure or continue out to Piazza del Duomo to admire the marbled exterior.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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based on 11,427 reviews

Beautiful! Exhausting climb but great experience! Much harder than climbing St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. You can’t go in until your assigned time. The person handing you your tickets wears a bright yellow vest and is seated at the back of the church, where you enter to climb the dome. Was a little hard to find her at first but once we found her it was easy to get out tickets from her. Tickets are valid for multiple days and cover multiple attractions. If you decide to do everything in the tickets, it should take you at least half the day.

Eduardo did a wonderful job on explaining thr history of the Duomo and surrounding sights. I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about the history of Florence!

This was an amazing tour! Just be prepared to walk 100’s of steep, narrow steps to the top. It’s worth it though. This was the highlight of my trip to Florence.

Great hour long tour of the Duomo in Florence. Highly recommend as one experience to do in a day leaving you plenty of time to explore the rest of the city.

Absolutely GREAT! Tour guide was funny and interesting!