The unique opportunity to discover the fascinating workshop in which the "stone masons" still work and where Michelangelo sculpted the famous David
This tour will lead you to one of the most intimate and fascinating locations making part of the Duomo Complex, where time seems to have stopped centuries ago.
Leading by an expert "Opera del Duomo" Guide (the only guide allowed) you will discover the workshop where some of the greatest Renaissance artists have worked and where the famous David has been carved by Michelangelo. A place where professional stonemasons work with passion to restore authentic masterpieces, still using the original tools and techniques used in the past. A Renaissance workshop live, in front of you!
Before the guided tour you will also have the possibility to watch, inside an ancient rectory next to the Cathedral, a fascinating video showing, through exclusive images and reconstructions, how the whole Duomo complex has grown during the centuries, together with the rest of the city, known today as the "Cradle of the Renaissance".
The tour includes as well, the guided visit of the Baptistery and Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, where you will learn about the wonderful works of art kept there, many of whose restored in the stonemasons workshop.
At the end of your visit, a few steps from the Cathedral square, you will be offered a delicious taste of Chianti wine and tidbits of cheese with balsamic vinegar.
Your ticket is valid 24 hours and allows you to visit on your own other monuments at the Duomo complex (Dome by Brunelleschi, Crypt of St. Reparata, Giotto's bell tower).
You may also add an option to this tour:
Florence Duomo Complex Restoration Complex Tour with Chianti Wine Tasting and Lunch
End your wonderful experience in the best way with a Tuscan lunch with drinks in an historic restaurant in the heart of the characteristic Medicean district, near the Cathedral square.
Baptistery and Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
Wine, cheese, and balsamic vinegar tasting
24-hour entrance ticket to the Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's bell tower, and the Crypt of Santa Reparata (Until 31 October 2016)
48-hour entrnace ticket to the Duomo Complex Monuments (Starting 01 November 2016)
Meals and drinks unless specified
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Children 5 years old and below are free of charge (lunch not included).
This tour takes approximately 2 hours.
Earphones are provided for groups over 15 participants.
48-hour ticket to the Duomo Complex (until February 2018)
72-hour ticket to the Duomo Complex (from March 2018)
Well organized,great guide,well worth the money.The Baptistry and the Duomo were extremely well covered in a very informative 2 hour tour.
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Meet Your Guide at Piazza San Giovanni 19
Start of Tour
Visit the Baptistery and the Gates of Paradise
With your expert guide, start the tour by visiting the Baptistery of San Giovanni, one of the oldest buildings in the city as it was constructed between 1059 and 1128, with its three magnificent doors including the famous Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
Explore the Interiors of the Duomo
Admire the elegant Giotto's Bell Tower and visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture dominated by the majestic dome, the largest in the world built in masonry with magnificent frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and his workshop.
“Opera del Duomo” Museum
See a life-sized reconstruction of the Cathedral as it was in the times of Dante Alighieri, sculptures of Arnolfo di Cambio, Donatello and Nanni di Banco. See the original doors of the Baptistery and the Pietà del Duomo sculpted by Michelangelo and the Penitent Magdalene by Donatello and more!
A few steps from the Cathedral square, you will be offered a delicious taste of Chianti wine and tidbits of cheese with balsamic vinegar. (Opening hours 9:30- 19:30)
After the tour you can climb up the Giotto's Bell Tower for the best views of Florence and the entire Duomo complex, as well as access the Santa Reparata Crypt and the famous Dome.
End of Tour
Price & Options
Printed VELTRA voucher
Clothing that covers from the shoulder to knee
Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.
Your ticket to the monuments of the Duomo is also valid for access to Santa Reparata Crypt and the Giotto Bell Tower. To be used within 48 or 72 hours from the issue.
You must have a printed copy of your VELTRA voucher to present upon check-in. You will not be able to participate in this activity if you only have a digital copy on your mobile device.
Frequently Asked Questions
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the show was great and the sunset right off the beach was incredible. the food was delicious and we all had a wonderful time.
Well organised with a passionat and very knowledgable tour guide. Had a great time.
The tour is very informative and we get access to places that could not be accessible with normal tickets. We also avoid the long ...queues with the 2 tour guides that CAF Travel has arranged for us!
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Fantastic tour. Maria, our official tour guide was so well informed and passionate about the architecture, history and culture. We... learnt so much that we would never have discovered without doing the tour.
The symbolism, a secret well and what it means to be a Florentine.
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The check in was a bit scarry, in terms of how recognise the guide. But it all worked out fine. We were lucky and had 2 guides for... our family of 4.
They were enthousiastic and knowledgeable.
It was was great to skip the queue for the duomo enterence, as we used the back door.
Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 12:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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