Florence Duomo tour with crypt, baptistery and oper del Duomo Museum

Florence Cathedral, a masterpiece of faith and architecture with Brunelleschi's Dome, symbol of the Renaissance

The Duomo (or Cathedral) of Florence takes your breath away for its grandeur and its elegance given by the architecture with the purest lines in the Florentine Gothic style surmounted by the prodigy of the Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, It is one of the largest cathedrals in the world and certainly one of the most amazing for the richness of the marbles of various colors. The dome is an absolute masterpiece of art that has enchanted the world since its creation: it is the symbol of Florence, the Renaissance and Western humanism.

The unmissable complex of buildings of the Opera del Duomo

It is absolutely essential to include in your visit everything concerning the Duomo of Florence and the complex to which it has been part since its construction or rather

  • the Crypt of Santa Reparata
  • the Baptistery
  • Giotto’s Bell Tower
  • the Museum of the Opera del Duomo


These monuments together form a unique complex in the world and represent the spiritual identity of Florence and the religious center of the city since the Middle Ages.

The Crypt of Santa Reparata

Inside the Cathedral, take a staircase that leads to the visit to the archaeological remains of the ancient basilica of Santa Reparata, which were brought to light during a major excavation campaign conducted between 1965 and 1973.

In this place the visitor experiences a journey back in time, through the different construction phases of one of the first Christian temples in the history of Florence.

The Baptistery

The Baptistery of San Giovanni rises in front of the Cathedral and is the ancient religious and civil center of the city, as well as a masterpiece of Italian Romanesque. A splendid mosaic decoration, created between the 13th and 14th centuries, completely covers the vault, the scarsella, some parts of the women’s galleries, their parapets and other places on the walls. These mosaics were begun by masters of the Byzantine school and were then carried out and completed by great Tuscan masters of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, including Cimabue, Coppo di Marcovaldo, Meliore and others.

Giotto's Bell Tower

Giotto’s bell tower is the majestic bell tower of the Cathedral and one of the masterpieces of Italian Gothic; it has a square base of about 15 meters on each side with corner reinforcements that rise up to the horizontal cantilevered crown placed at a height of 84.7 meters. The summit terracing can be reached by climbing a staircase of 414 steps, which passes through three overlapping loggias, opening onto elegant pairs of mullioned windows and large mullioned windows, from which one can enjoy splendid panoramic views.

The Opera del Duomo Museum

The Museum is conceived as an educational itinerary to discover the places and artists who gave life to the monumental complex of the Opera, cradle of the Renaissance and is today one of the most important museums in the world. Here are preserved the original masterpieces of art that have decorated its monuments over the course of seven centuries: from Michelangelo to Donatello, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and countless others.

Dettagli del Tour

What you will see

  •  The interior of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
  • The Crypt of the Cathedral with the excavations of the ancient church of Santa Reparata
  • The Baptistery of San Giovanni
  • Giotto’s Bell Tower
  • The Opera del Duomo Museum

Experienced and professional guide

History, art and architecture tour