I did the tour of the Cupola today. Our group guide, Giacomo, was fabulous. He clearly loves this city and wants to help you get the absolute most out of your visit as well as being full of information about the Duomo and it's construction....More
This Duomo tour includes tickets to the Dome, Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the reservation for Climbing the Dome. In addition, the guide will give you a thorough overview while happily answering your questions. This guided tour takes part as you climb the Duomo and afterward you can explore the complex in a way and pace that fits your needs.
Florence’s Duomo Complex stands tall and proud, keeping the glory of Renaissance alive even today. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is the fourth largest church in the world while the complex, including the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile, is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Being a large and complex structure, it was not a work of one man. The cathedral construction began at the end of 13th century with the leadership of Arnolfo di Cambio. However, the Duomo part which overtakes most of the exterior was added in the 15th century by Filippo Brunelleschi. You can see the statues of both architects outside the cathedral on the right.