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Florence Duomo Tickets and Tours: how to buy, prices and schedules

Its colors, its size and the square that houses it will leave you speechless, but you should also visit the Cathedral inside. I tell you how

Vicky Del Moral

Vicky Del Moral

6 min read

Florence Duomo Tickets and Tours: how to buy, prices and schedules

The Duomo illuminated at night | ©Naval S

If there is one thing not to be missed on a trip to Florence, it is a visit to the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore. Known locally as the Duomo, it is one of the largest Christian temples in the world. There are different options to visit the Florence Cathedral, so I will summarize the best ones for you to choose the one that suits your trip and your budget:

The best option

Skip-the-Line Duomo Dome Tour

Take a guided tour of the Duomo of Florence and climb the Dome at the best price

The best option para conocer a fondo la Catedral de Florencia, recorrerla por dentro y comprender sus obras de arte y además subir a la Cúpula. Te saltarás las largas filas de acceso con estas entradas.

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

When you approach the imposing cathedral and see the lines that form at the door, you will be infinitely glad you took this guided tour in English with entrance to the dome in advance. With this option, you will skip the long lines to climb the dome of the Florence Cathedral and to enter it.

In addition, entrance to the Baptistery and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo is also included, making it a great option for the most complete visit to all the interesting elements of the square.

What is included in this tour

  • English-speaking guide to tour the dome for 1 hour and the Cathedral for the remaining time.
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Cathedral and the dome
  • Admission to the Baptistery and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (not without queues)

The most complete option

Skip the line Florence Tour: Accademia, Duomo Climb and Cathedral

The essentials of Florence, the Duomo and |a Galería de la Accademia, en una visita guiada

If you do not want to leave Florence without visiting two of its most emblematic places, this option will allow you to visit them with an expert guide. You will skip the long lines at both places.

Duration: 2 to 3 hours

If you want to complete your visit to Florence visiting two of its most emblematic points, there is this option that will allow you to enjoy a guided tour in Spanish of the Duomo and the Accademia Gallery. This option seems very interesting to me if you are considering doing these two visits and do not want to give up understanding the history and the details they hide.

The artistic and cultural content of the city is such that I think it would be a shame not to take a guided tour, at least, of its most relevant points. This will help you to know how they were built, when and why, and above all, it will put into context the works of art that you will see during your trip. In addition, doing it in a small group will create a more intimate and pleasant atmosphere in this experience.

What is included in this tour

  • Fast track admission and 1 hour guided tour of the Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo's fundamental 'David' and second most visited museum in Florence after the Uffizi Gallery.
  • Fast-track access and 1-hour guided tour of the dome of the Duomo of Florence
  • Free access to the other buildings annexed to the cathedral on your own for 72 hours: the Baptistery and the majestic Giotto's Bell Tower
  • English-speaking guide for small groups of 12 travelers max.

The most premium option

VIP Private Tour Florence Cathedral Dome & Monuments

Take a private guided tour of the Duomo, its dome and the monuments of Piazza del Duomo.

Florence's Duomo is spectacular, but so are the Battisterio, the Campanile and Brunelleschi's Dome. Visit them all on a private guided tour.

Duration: 3 hours

For an even more personalized and exclusive treatment (although at a higher price), you can take a private guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Cathedral and its dome. In addition, this tour will also take you to the other monuments in Piazza del Duomo.

What is included in this tour

  • Private professional guide just for you and your group
  • Fast track entrance and guided tour of the Duomo of Florence
  • Fast-track entrance and guided tour of the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
  • Fast track admission and guided visit to the Battistero di San Giovanni
  • Fast track admission to the Brunelleschi Dome
  • Fast-track entrance to the Campanile di Giotto, which you can climb on your own within 72 hours of your tour

Cathedral Timetable

Duomo façade| ©Anokhi De Silva
Duomo façade| ©Anokhi De Silva

The Duomo of Florence is open every day of the week, but with different opening hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.00 to 17.00.
  • Thursday from 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 10.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.
  • Sundays and holidays from 13.30 to 16.45.

How to get to the Florence Cathedral

Dome of the Duomo of Florence| ©Ilya Orehov
Dome of the Duomo of Florence| ©Ilya Orehov

Located in the historic center of Florence, in Piazza del Duomo, you can reach the Florence Cathedral on foot if your hotel is in the center. Otherwise, you can always reach it by bus (Lines 6, 11, 14, 23, C1 and C2) and streetcar (Alamanni, T1).

Vicky's Traveller Tip

Please note that it is not allowed to enter the Florence Cathedral wearing shorts or with your shoulders in the air.

What to do and what to see in Piazza del Duomo

Doors of the Baptistery| ©Revol Web
Doors of the Baptistery| ©Revol Web

Walk around the Piazza del Duomo

A focal point of any trip to Florence, Piazza del Duomo is a feast for the eyes, gathering in one place some of the most outstanding historical buildings of the city.

Climb the Dome of the Florence Cathedral

This marvel of architecture, 114 meters high and 45 meters in diameter, was the greatest work by the great architect Filippo Brunelleschi, who built it for 14 years and almost a century after the completion of the Florence Cathedral.

Its construction was first skepticism and a mystery for centuries for architecture given the great weight and size of its structure. If you want to appreciate its height and the breathtaking frescoes that decorate it, such as Vasari's 'The Last Judgment', you will have to overcome a steep climb of 463 steps. However, if only for the panoramic views of the city of Florence that its top offers, the effort is worth it.

Discover the Baptistery of St. John the Baptist

The Battistero of San Giovanni, in commemoration of the Saint, is the second element that makes up the architectural complex of the Duomo and is located next to it. It is the oldest building in the Piazza del Duomo, begun in the eleventh century, which can be seen in the spectacular golden Byzantine mosaics of its dome.

Its facade stands out for its three access doors, among which stands out "The Gate of Paradise" by Ghiberti and composed of 10 bronze panels, replica of the originals exhibited in the Museum of the Duomo, with reliefs depicting parts of the Old Testament. Inside you can also see the tomb of John XXIII, whose tomb was designed by Donatello.

Climb the Giotto's Bell Tower

Considered the most beautiful bell tower in Italy for its delicate decorations in colorful marble and the harmony of its proportions, the Campanile of the Cathedral of Florence completes the Duomo. The bell tower serves as a spectacular viewpoint, with views similar to those offered by the dome of the Duomo, and climbing the 414 steps leading to its terrace 84 meters high.

It was built by the master Giotto and completed after his death by Andrea Pisano in 1359. To see its original statues visit the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.

Enter the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

If you have more time, a visit to the Museo del Duomo is worthwhile to see the original sculptures that decorated the Piazza del Duomo, with the reliefs of Ghiberti's "The Gate of Paradise" and the authentic statues of the Campanile, as well as objects, such as original tools and sketches, used for the construction of the Florence Cathedral.

Other interesting visits in Florence

Michelangelo's David, Accademia Gallery| ©Brian Dooley
Michelangelo's David, Accademia Gallery| ©Brian Dooley

If you liked this article on how to visit the Duomo of Florence, don't miss my other tips for traveling to Florence in the following guides: Florence Hop on Hop off Bus Tours, Uffizi Gallery Tickets and Tours in Florence: how to buy, prices and schedules and Accademia Gallery Tickets and Tours in Florence: how to buy, prices and discounts.

If what you are interested in is touring the city in depth or even going on an excursion around Florence, I leave you here the guides I have prepared on the subject: Tours and Daytrips from Florence, Cinque Terre Day Trips from Florence, Siena Day Trips from Florence and Pisa Day Trips from Florence.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why should I go up to the Duomo Complex?

    From inside the Duomo you can admire Vasari's impressive frescoes and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Florence. But you'd better be prepared: to get there you will have to climb more than four hundred steps and, of course, there is no elevator.

  • How long does it take to visit the Cathedral complex?

    Visiting all the relevant sites of the cathedral can take up to two days. However, most tours last about an hour, and will show you the highlights of the complex such as the baptistery, Giotto's bell tower, Santa Maria del Fiore, the Opera del Duomo and you will even have the opportunity to go up to the panoramic terrace of the Museum.

  • What else can I see in the Duomo complex?

    If you feel like seeing more of the Duomo's wonders, you can visit Brunelleschi's Dome, the crypt of Santa Reparata or Piazza San Giovanni. In addition, you can tour the rooftops and secret terraces of the Duomo, which are not open to the general public.