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Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero)

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Address: Piazza di San Giovanni, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 230 2885
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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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Gorgeous bronze doors.

In the heart of Florence, with the Campanile (Giotto's Tower) and the Duomo, you definitely want to take in all 3 of these marvels at once.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 April 2016
Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

In the heart of Florence, with the Campanile (Giotto's Tower) and the Duomo, you definitely want to take in all 3 of these marvels at once.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

Beautiful, take in the beauty of the ceiling, doors, and architecture. Amazing to view and incredible to think how it was built. Part of the Firenze card entrances and worth popping in to see.

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Summit, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

This Bapistry is one of the world's greats. Not only in it's incredible design and high quality materials, but the renovation of this room is incredible. You can see the grave of Donatello in the crypt below and if you walk across town to see Michelangelo's grave you can see the tombs of two of the four Ninja Turtles in... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

This is included in the ticket you buy to get into the duomo's archeological area/dome/etc, so you should go in because you'll have already paid for it, but it's not as breathtaking or palatial as the cathedral or as interesting as the museum. The best pamphlet available about the entire duomo complex is available in here only, so it's actually... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Just stand outside this structure and take in the beauty. Another must see in Florence! And another building worth a 100 pictures! Even the doors are amazing!

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

There are restorations in progress (april 2016) but a nice ceiling and a good thing for each person to do while the other one holds their place in line to climb the Duomo. Part of the combined ticket for the climb, the Baptistry and the museum. I agree with the reviewers that said do NOT buy a separate ticket for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

The east doors were dubbed by Michelangelo the "Gates of Paradise". The detail in the bronze relief of the doors is truly awe inspiring, and took Ghiberti 27 years to complete. (The original doors were substituted in 1990, to preserve the panels after five hundred years.) I did not visit the interior. Apparently the doors are the "stars" of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

Part of the Cuomo combined ticket, unfortunately there were restorations in progress when I visited, so not a lot to see, the interior of the dome is quite interesting though.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

The Baptistery is part of the combined ticket price (15 euro pp) for the Duomo so we went in but I wouldn't buy a ticket specially to see this. There was work going on inside and so half of the single room was blocked off anyway and a lot of banging as work was being done so not very peaceful.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

This is a fantastic place to take one of those globe panoramic pictures that you've always wanted to take but never had the chance to because it would be 90% blue sky. Beautifully painted ceiling!

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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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