Meet your guide outside the Opera del Duomo Museum to begin your Duomo Complex tour. After admiring the richly decorated façade and snapping photos of the Florence icon, head inside the museum to ponder the spectacular exhibition of art and sculpture. Follow your guide through the vast exhibition space, where more than 750 medieval and Renaissance sculptures are displayed – the world’s largest collection of Florentine sculpture.
Next, take a peek inside the ancient Baptistery of San Giovanni, an architectural wonder of green and white marble, adorned with exquisite mosaics. Continue to the Duomo itself and hear how the magnificent cathedral was once the largest in Europe as you stroll through the mighty nave and admire stunning frescoes like Giorgio Vasari's ‘Last Judgment’.
Climb the 463 steps into the Cathedral Dome and marvel at the Renaissance masterpiece of Filippo Brunelleschi up close. Then, pay a visit to Giotto’s famous Bell Tower and gaze out over the city from the top of the 278-foot (84.7-meters) tall monument. Finally, peek into the Restoration Workshop for a glimpse at the pain-staking preservation and restoration works carried out to maintain Florence’s most captivating landmark.
After a comprehensive introduction to the dazzling Duomo, end your tour outside the cathedral or opt to continue your visit of the main cathedral areas independently.