Florence’s cathedral, la Cathedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. A masterpiece built over several centuries, supporting the largest brick dome in the world. Commonly referred to as the Duomo, it is impossible to miss its gleaming white structure — made from the best marble Italy had to offer — simply due to its enormity and convenient location in the center of the city.
If you’re interested in learning more about Florence, then the Duomo is the right place to start. The religious and socio-political heart of Florence, it offers visitors an invaluable window into Florence’s complex history.
Discover the story that is Florence.
Discover its soul.
What better way to start your visit in Florence, then, with a tour of the Duomo. Beginning with a broad explanation of Florence’s history to put the cathedral’s context into perspective, the tour then dives into the Duomo’s intricate relation to the city. This, in turn, is followed by an in-depth explanation of its embellished façade as well as that of the Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery (including the Gates of Paradise). Afterward, enter the breathtaking cathedral with priority entrance, skipping the otherwise often long lines, and be swept on a journey through its humbling interior, meant to inspire contemplation and self-reflection.
La Cathedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, a place for repentance, but also resurgence.
Come out the wiser from our tour.
Come out the better.
Reminders: the tour does not climb up the dome or the Bell Tower and does not go into the Baptistery.
Dress code: no bare shoulders or knees.