THE GREAT MUSEUMS – The Great Cathedral Museum

DURATION: ½ DAY
TICKET: ENTRANCE TICKET REQUIRED
Grande Museo del Duomo
Grande Museo del Duomo
Grande Museo del Duomo
MAIN ITEMS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
Duomo di Firenze

Santa Maria del Fiore

Campanile di Giotto

Battistero

Museo Opera del Duomo

Brunelleschi

The most important building is the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, or seat (cathedra) of the bishop of the Florentine Diocese. It was given Gothic lines by Arnolfo di Cambio as from 1296 and completed  in 1434, with a marvellous renaissance dome by Filippo Brunelleschi. It is completely covered in marble of various colours. A visit of the Cathedral includes visiting the Crypt of Santa Reparata, which was re-discovered about a century ago and where one can discover the remains of three earlier basilicas. The famous Giotto Belfry stands to the right of the façade of the Duomo or Cathedral and bears the name of the artist who designed it in 1334, although its foundations had already been laid in 1298. Opposite the façade of the Duomo, stands the Baptistery of St. John the Baptist, a magnificent example of Romanesque architecture, with the inner vault of its dome covered with mosaics that were finished in the 13th century.

The completely renovated Museum of the Cathedral Works contains paintings, decorations, sculpture, gold and silver artefacts and illuminated manuscripts from the above-mentioned buildings. Among the most remarkable masterworks are Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Doors of Paradise, Luca della Robbia and Donatello’s choir lofts and Michelangelo’s Pietà or Deposition, with the artist’s self-portrait. A whole sector is dedicated to the construction of the dome.

Agt Firenze proposes solutions targeted at various types of tourist, that require specific care, both as regards planning the contents of the itineraries, such as, for instance, school excursions, as well as regards disabled visitors. If you require this kind of itinerary, we suggest you contact us directly so as to let us know exactly what kind of provisions you require, so that we can jointly plan your Florentine experience in the most advantageous manner.

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