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Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero)

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Address: Piazza di San Giovanni, Florence, Italy
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A beautiful building best known for its elaborately sculpted doors by...

A beautiful building best known for its elaborately sculpted doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti.

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This is part of the Duomo complex. It's all Brry interesting and worth a visit with the inclusive ticket price.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is part of the Duomo complex. It's all Brry interesting and worth a visit with the inclusive ticket price.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this Baptistery is a must visit. if you can, have a professor of art history with you (i have a recommendation - you can contact me separately).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not really knowing what to expect when I pushed open the doors, my jaw dropped as soon as I looked inside. The entire ceiling is frescoed in a similar vein to the Duomo but in an earlier and much more golden style. The whole places shimmers with gold leaf, and the level of activity is awe-inspiring, from stories of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Baptistery is dwarfed by the next door cathedral and is (relatively) plain on the outside compared to its near neighbour, but don't let that put you off from going inside. There's a lot more to this building than the famous gold doors. Step inside and the only thing you can say is wow. The ornate ceiling is really something... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is part of the Duomo complex and you need tickets from the office on the north side of the Piazza. The Baptistry is well worth a visit as the interior is richly decorated in the Byzantine style, which you won't see else where in Renaissance central. There is always a crowd outside looking at the doors. Be sure to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An impressive structure, we wandered around this beautiful baptistery surprised at just how big it was. Hardly any crowds, only a couple of tour groups who whizzed in and out again like a whirlwind, but then there is so much more to see in Florence. Well worth the half hour, or so, we spent there and part of the combination... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was amazing to stand in this Baptistery and think about all the great people that were baptized there. No crowd when we were there. I just wanted to stay and soak it all in. I had also just read the book, Inferno, which had scenes here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is easy to overlook the small building near the soaring Duomo. We went inside since it was included with out Duomo combo tickets and it was impressive. There is a lot of history in this small place- Dante and other well-known Florentine people were baptized here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An incredible building. Don't overlook it just because it is smaller than the Duomo. The tiled floor had so many different patterns. The ceiling is stunning. So much history and importance for a modest sized building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've never actually been inside, but as a lover of art history the main attraction for me were the north doors by Ghiberti (which marked the beginning of the Early Renaissance) and the south doors by Pisano, both of which are absolutely free to see. However, the originals are located around the corner in the museo dell'opera del duomo where... More 

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Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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