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Duomo: Tickets and Tours

The Duomo Cathedral is one of Florence's most important structures. The building is the result of centuries of meticulous construction by various architectural geniuses. Designed in true Renaissance style, it would undoubtedly stand out anywhere in the world.

The cathedral, alongside other monuments in the Piazza del Duomo, represents Florence's art and religious heritage. It is also a prominent feature of the Florence skyline. The Duomo cathedral is worth visiting on your next trip to Florence.

To fully appreciate the Duomo complex, you'll need to do more than visit the church. You can purchase Duomo tickets that give you access to all of the attractions, or you can join guided tours that take you back in time to the creation of this complex. However you choose to explore the grounds, you can't go wrong!

You will find below everything you need to know about Duomo, one of most breathtaking attractions in Florence.

How much do Duomo tickets cost?

The cathedral is free to enter, but you must purchase a single admission ticket to see other parts of the complex. All Duomo tickets are valid for three calendar days.

Brunelleschi Pass: includes admission to all Duomo attractions

  • Adult: €30
  • Reduced price (7-14 years old): €12
  • Children (0-6 years old): Free

Ghiberti Pass: includes admission to the Opera del Duomo Museum, San Giovanni's Baptistery and the Basilica of Santa Reparata

  • Adult: €15
  • Reduced price (7-14 years old): €5
  • Children (0-6 years old): Free

Giotto Pass: includes admission to Giotto's Bell Tower, the ancient basilica of Santa Reparata, the Opera del Duomo Museum and the Baptistery of St. John

  • Adult: €20
  • Reduced price (7-14 years old): €7
  • Children (0-6 years old): Free

What are the best Duomo tours?

Visiting the Duomo in a guided tour is one of the best ways to explore the complex fully. You have plenty of options to choose from when booking a tour. Some of the best tours include:

Florence Duomo Express Guided Tour

You can explore the Duomo cathedral and its beauty in a guided tour. You will learn about the history of the complex and how it became a monument. The tour lasts for approximately one hour and costs €22 per person.

Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome

This tour teaches you about the fascinating history of the Florence Duomo and gives you skip-the-line access to the complex. You will also make your way up more than 400 stairs to admire Brunelleschi's Dome. From there, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of Florence. This tour costs €94 per person.

Are there any combined tickets or tours including the Duomo and other attractions?

Combination tours provide excellent alternatives for those looking to visit multiple attractions in one day and save money. They provide the best value while ensuring you see all the attractions you want to visit. Florence boasts no shortage of combined tours that include a trip to the Duomo.

  • David and Duomo Tour
    Enjoy your time in Florence on this group tour that takes you to three significant locations for €129 per person. Begin your day with a visit to the Accademia Gallery Museum, then admire the elegant Duomo Cathedral before watching the sunset over a panoramic view of Florence from the Duomo terrace.
  • Florence Cathedral Complex and Brunelleschi's Dome
    For €59 per person, you get three days of access to the Duomo cathedral and Brunelleschi's Dome. Your ticket allows you to visit five other monuments during its validity. This combination tour is a great option for those looking to explore some of Florence's most famous sites and attractions in a short period.

Is it possible to visit the Duomo for free?

The Duomo does not offer free entrance any day of the year unless you are going to worship at the cathedral.

Should you book Duomo tickets in advance?

Consider purchasing your Duomo tickets in advance. Doing so allows you to save time and avoid wasting time by waiting in long lines at the cathedral. Your ticket for the Duomo will allow you to skip the line at the box office and enter the cathedral without any hassle.

What will you see inside the Duomo?

A visit to the Duomo complex includes the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Brunelleschi's Dome, the Baptistery of St. John, the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Opera del Duomo) and Giotto's Bell Tower.

Before heading to the cathedral, you should take some time to walk around the Piazza del Duomo.

The cathedral sits at the heart of the square and is a sight to behold. It is considered an architectural masterpiece, and its interior walls are adorned with biblical paintings. Admission is free, although it is somewhat empty because most of the artifacts that occupied it have been relocated.

You can then climb the 463 steps to the top of Brunelleschi's Dome and learn about Filippo Brunelleschi, the amateur architect who won a design competition for the dome. From the top of the building, take in a panoramic view of Florence.

Another place to get a 360-degree view of Florence is the 414-step campanile (Giotto's Bell Tower), located near the cathedral. The campanile is designed with colored marbles and replicas of Andrea Pisano's reliefs.

The Baptistery, opposite the Duomo cathedral, is Florence's oldest structure. It is a must-see for its stunning octagonal structure designed in the style of Renaissance architecture, complete with famous bronze sculpted doors on the exterior and gold mosaic ceilings on the interior.

The Opera del Museum sits just behind the cathedral. There, you can learn about the history of the Florence Cathedral and see original historic sculptures, artwork and pieces of furniture.

How to get to the Duomo?

The Duomo is accessible by rideshare, car, train and bus. You can take the city bus lines 2, C2, 22 or 6, which all stop near the Piazza del Duomo. If you take the train, you can ride to Florence train station and walk to the Piazza del Duomo.

When is the best time to visit the Duomo?

The peak holiday season lasting from April to September is the best time to visit the Duomo. The weather in Florence is pleasant during this time of year, making your trip more enjoyable.

If you can visit during the week, that's even better. A weekday visit allows you to avoid the weekend crowds of the peak summer season. Please remember that the cathedral is closed to visitors on Sundays and during Christian holidays.

Which other attractions can be visited in Florence?

Travel tips

  • The stairs are narrow and potentially dangerous, particularly for children and older people.
  • Though there is no dress code at the cathedral, it is best to dress modestly and cover up your legs and shoulders.
  • Avoid carrying large bags because you may have to climb flights of stairs.