While being in Florence you may ask yourself what are the best things to do. Many are the must-see locations, and you should schedule your visits depending on the duration of your holidays and your personal preferences. Alongside Piazzale Michelangelo and Ponte Vecchio (The old bridge), the Florence cathedral, also known as Santa Maria del Fiore, stands out amongst the top 3 things to see.
When we speak about the Florence Duomo we usually refer to a complex, a group of monuments. The Florence Cathedral with the Brunelleschi dome at the top, the Baptistery and the bell tower Giotto designed. Being there is surely something you can’t miss. But even if you will love watching, again and again, this stunning area from the outside, many are the secrets you’ll discover with a proper guided tour of the interiors.
Duomo Florence Tickets: what you need to know
Approaching your trip to Tuscany you will soon realize that having a guided tour is highly appreciated. Many are things to understand if you don’t have any previous knowledge. And only if you know the details, if you have a clear background about Florence during the late Middle Ages and Reinassance, you can relax and get the best from your visits. This is especially true if we speak about the Florence Dome. That is why we strongly recommend you to book your Duomo Florence tickets in advance. The visit includes the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral with the interior of the Brunelleschi Dome, the Baptistery with the Gates of Paradise – designed by Ghiberti, and the Opera del Duomo Museum. Duomo Florence tickets are included, as well as the earphones, so you do not need to worry about anything. We have chosen this guided visit offered by My Tour in Italy after reading the good reviews left by people who booked it.
The true meaning of the Duomo complex
There is a reason why historians call Florence the Reinassance cradle. That reason is hidden here in the Duomo area. Renaissance means rebirth and what happened here is that man has found a new equilibrium between the ground beneath his feet and the sky above his head. This square is the Renaissance birthplace. The architecture, the colors and the light speak to us about a new kind of humanism. A humanism where man stands at the center of everything, combining the power of knowledge coming from science, art, politics, and architecture.
Florence Cathedral – known as the Duomo, is immense and amazing. It is the 3rd biggest church in the Christian world. It took about 150 years – from 1296 to 1436 to build it. It was originally designed as a Gothic cathedral by Arnolfo di Cambio, but something changed in the mind of its economic backers during the project. They wanted it to better represent the most contemporary style. So the Medici family opened up a new competition to design the facade. The result is a beautiful and intricate facade. It is made with green, pink and white marbles. Decorations are everywhere and above the rose window there are busts of great Florentine artists.
This is also an important year. People from around the world are coming to Florence to celebrate the six hundredth anniversary of the Brunelleschi dome. The dome is the most stunning architecture you’ve ever seen. It is 376 feet tall and the lantern on top is 66 feet high. A young Leonardo da Vinci was among the apprentices that helped Brunelleschi in this adventure.