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Florence Cathedral - Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore 

The Duomo of Florence, dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore, dominates the city with its impressive dome built to symbolize superiorità over surrounding area. Even today no other building is higher than Brunelleschi’s masterpiece. Construction began in 1296 on a project by Arnolfo di Cambio and was later continued between 1349 and 1370 by Francesco Talenti. After many stoppages the work was finally completed in 1436, the year of its consecration by Pope Eugene IV. The Baptistery with its octagonal design is famous for its bronze doors and the mosaics on the vault depicting Biblical scenes. The Bell Tower, designed by Giotto in 1334, is 85 metres high but lower than the dome.

The imposing interior of the basilica is a harmonious combination of Gothic elements. At the time of its construction, Santa Maria del Fiore was the largest Church in Europe: 153 metres long, 90 metres wide, diameter of the dome 45,5 metres, 90 metres from the floor to the lantern. It was built with public funds, and in the lateral naves are civic monuments to the personages whio influenced the life of the city. 
Some examples are the painting of Dante, the relief portraits of Giotto and Brunelleschi, the fresco of Niccolò da Tolentino by Andrea del Castagno and that of the captain of fortune, John Hawkwood, nicknamed Giovanni Acuto by Paolo Uccello

Book a guided tour of the Duomo Complex including the Opera del Duomo Museum.


Close-up Florence: the Itinerary

Ever wonder why Florence became the birthplace of the Renaissance? Discover facts and secrets of over 2,000 years of Florentine history, from the city’s Roman origins to a 15-century Palace, from the Ponte Vecchio, through the famous Uffizi courtyard, on to the marvel of architecture of Brunelleschi’s Dome of the Cathedral watched by the golden “Gates of Paradise” of the Baptistery. Have a close encounter with this fascinating city, understanding and appreciating the background and context of its place in history.

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Regular daily tours

Do you want to visit Florence and its museums with an expert guide?
The price is only a little over the single entrance ticket. The tour is run from 1 participant onwards.


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Italy Travels Guides

Italy Travels tour guides staff is represented by licensed guides of great experience and high level of professionalism, competence and excellence on their job. All Italy Travels guides are authorized by the provincial administration of Florence and most of them are art historians and teachers in art subjects.

All regular tours organized by Italy Travels always include pre-reserved museum tickets when museum tours are included in the tour itinerary. In this way visitors avoid waisting time waiting in line in front of museums ticket offices.

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