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Florence ''Opera del Duomo Museum’’ Guided Visit

Visit Florence's Opera del Duomo Museum for a guided 1.5-hour tour and discover one of the world’s most treasured collections of medieval and Florentine renaissance sculptures.

A visit to Florence would not be complete without visiting the “Opera del Duomo’’ Museum, home to an immense collection of 750 sublime works of art created over the centuries to decorate both the inside and outside of the Cathedral, Baptistery and Bell Tower.

Meet your guide at the Opera del Duomo Museum entrance where you will skip the line with priority access and begin your 1.5-hour guided tour. First, explore the great exhibition halls of a former theatre, home to the Sala dell’Antica Facciata.

The installation here is a reproduction of Piazza del Duomo as it was in the 1300s, with the ancient life-sized façade of Santa Maria del Fiore on one side and, on the other, the three original gates of the Baptistery dominated by groups of sculptures, with the legendary glittering golden gates by Lorenzo Ghiberti, which Michelangelo called the "Gates of Paradise", in the middle. From here, follow your guide to the halls that host two of the Museum's most important masterpieces: Michelangelo’s Pietà del Duomo and Donatello’s Penitent Magdalene.

The tour continues on the first floor along a lovely illuminated gallery where a surprising series of high-reliefs and 16 statues from the Giotto’s Bell Tower are located, including the famous prophets Jeremy and Abacuc by Donatello. Next visit the amazing Sala della Cupola, where you will see wooden models of the dome dating to the 1400s and the Lanterna by Filippo Brunelleschi. Your guided tour ends with a visit to the Gallery of the Silver Altar, home to the Altar of St. John and the Cross, which contains a fragment of the Christ Cross.

Those who desire to do so may go up to the panoramic terrace to get a close-up look at the magnificent Brunelleschi’s Dome, keeping the unforgettable memory of an exceptional emotional experience in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world! After the tour has ended, feel free to remain in the museum and a few steps from the Cathedral square, you will be offered a delicious taste of Chianti wine and tidbits of cheese with balsamic vinegar.

PLEASE NOTE: Your ticket also gives you access to the monuments of the Great Museum of the Cathedral Complex: the Cathedral, the Baptistery, Santa Reparata Crypt and the Giotto’s Bell Tower to enjoy amazing views of the city. Must be used within 72 hours from the issue

Experience Includes

  • 1.5 hour guded tour of the Opera del Duomo Museum, (except the Brunelleschi’s Dome).
  • Your ticket also gives you access to the monuments of the Great Museum of the Cathedral Complex: the Cathedral, the Baptistery, Santa Reparata Crypt and the Giotto’s Bell Tower to enjoy amazing views of the city. Must be used within 72 hours from the issue.
  • Discover original masterpieces by some of the greatest artists of all time including Michelangelo and Donatello
  • Includes a tasting of Chianti wine, Tuscan cheese and balsamic vinegar
  • A fantastic insight into medieval and Renaissance Italian art
  • See the beautiful dome from up close

Experience Excludes

  • Brunelleschi’s Dome

Departs

Monday to Friday (Not available the first Tuesday of the month).

Departure location

Meet at Opera del Duomo Museum, in front of the entrance (9, Piazza del Duomo)

Start times

5.00pm

Duration

1 hour and 30 minutes

Terms & Conditions

  • This tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. In the unlikely event of such a cancellation, a refund will be provided or an alternative will be offered.
  • Children aged 0 to 5 years old are free of charge. Proof of age may be requested.
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.
  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Access to places of worship is allowed only if equipped with suitable clothing: it is forbidden entry with shorts, bare shoulders, sandals, hats and sunglasses. Access to the Dome, the Campanile and the Museum is not allowed with bulky bags and backpacks.
  • Cancellation Policy: There will be no penalty for cancellations of tour or service communicated in writing to Caf Tour & Travel up to 48 hours before departure time of the tour or service. Less than 48 hours before departure time of tour or service 100% of the total price will be due and no reimbursement will be granted. No reimbursement will be granted to any client who is not at the place of departure at the time established; similarly, no reimbursement will be granted to clients who lose contact with the guide or who do not complete the tour.