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Florence Opera del Duomo Museum Guided Visit

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Firenze, Italy

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Feast your eyes on one of the world’s most treasured collections of medieval and Renaissance sculpture with this guided visit to the Opera del Duomo Museum in Florence. After skipping the entrance line, learn the backstories behind masterpieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, and other Italian greats, and gain insight into the construction of Brunelleschi’s famous dome. Finish with a tasting of Chianti wine paired with cheese and balsamic vinegar. Your tour includes admission to the cathedral, crypt, and campanile, to use within 72 hours after your tour.
  • Guided visit to Florence's Opera del Duomo Museum
  • See collection highlights and learn the history behind the art with the help of an experienced guide
  • Admire original works by Italian Masters including Michelangelo and Donatello
  • See the sculptures that once adorned Giotto's Bell Tower and the Florence Cathedral
  • Great way to gain insight into medieval and Renaissance Italian art
  • Includes a tasting of Chianti wine, Tuscan cheese, and balsamic vinegar
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Professional English speaking Guide
Duomo Complex Monuments entrance Ticket valid 72-hours (except Brunelleschi Dome)

Departure Point

Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, Piazza del Duomo, 9, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Departure Time

5:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the Opera del Duomo Museum entrance in central Florence, where you'll meet your guide and skip the line with priority access. Begin your tour of the extensive collection in a former theater that now houses a reproduction of the Piazza del Duomo based on its appearance in the 14th century. Admire the view that medieval Florentines once saw, including a Gothic façade with 40 full-scale sculptures by Donatello, Arnolfo di Cambio, and Nanni di Banco.

From here, follow your guide to two evocative collection highlights — Michelangelo’s Pietà del Duomo and Donatello’s Penitent Magdalene. You’ll also see more than a dozen original statues and reliefs that once adorned Giotto’s Bell Tower, plus more work by Donatello and Luca della Robbia in the Galleria delle Cantorie.

Get a visual history of the Florence Cathedral’s famous dome, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, in the Sala della Cupola, featuring authentic wooden models of the architectural wonder that date back to the 15th century. If you like, you can later ascend to the museum terrace for a fantastic perspective of the neighboring dome itself.

In the Gallery of the Silver Altar, see the venerated Altar of St. John and the Cross, believed by some to contain a piece of the Christ cross. The guided tour concludes here, but feel free to stay in the museum to continue exploring on your own if you wish. Once you've had your fill of spectacular sculpture, walk to a nearby location for a taste of Tuscan specialties including Chianti wine, local cheese, and balsamic vinegar.

This tour also includes admission vouchers for admission to the
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fior, the Campanile di Giotto, and the Crypt of Santa Reparata, which can be used at your convenience within 72 hours of the tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
Enjoy a comprehensive Guided Tour of the Opera del Duomo Museum and discover the immense collection of 750 sublime works of art created over the centuries. Your tour will begin in the great exhibition hall of a former theater. The installation here is a reproduction of the Piazza del Duomo as it was in the 1300s. Then visit the amazing Sala della Cupola, home to wooden models of the dome dating back to the 1400s and the Lanterna by Filippo Brunelleschi. Explore Galleria delle Cantorie to see amazing sculptures by Donatello and Luca della Robbia. The last stop will be at the Gallery of the Silver Altar, home to the Altar of St. John and the Cross, which contains a fragment of the Christ Cross.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piazza del Duomo
Enjoy a delicious taste of Chianti Wine and tidbits of cheese with balsamic vinegar!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
Your ticket includes also the entrance to Florence Cathedral to visit at your own pace within 72-hours
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Campanile di Giotto
Your ticket includes also the entrance to Giotto's Bell Tower to visit at your own pace within 72-hours
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Crypt of Santa Reparata
Your ticket includes also the entrance to Crypt of Santa Reparata to visit at your own pace within 72-hours
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The Tour is English only
  • Museum entrance ticket valid for 72 hours to access to all the Cathedral Complex Monuments
  • A maximum of 20 people per tour
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Sandals, hats, and sunglasses are also not allowed. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Access to the monuments is not allowed with bulky bags and backpacks
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY CAF Tour and Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Florence Opera del Duomo Museum Guided Visit?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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miketa2018
, Sep 2018
Was compently and completely presented by Stefania with an impressive breadth of knowledge and clear explanations. We enjoyed her patient explanations.
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