Hi, will be visiting Florence next week with elderly parent who wants to go into duomo, but doesn't want to do any climbing. I know it's free to get in, but can you buy a ticket to skip the ques?
There's an ticket/information office right near the baptistry. Ask them about ways to skip the line. I walked up to the front door with my 86 year old mother and simply asked them if we could slip in. We were polite and had no trouble. In return, Would do it for someone else.
The interior of the Florence Cathedral has been almost entirely stripped of everything worth seeing. It's now really a dark, gloomy barn with a weird, rather nasty fresco by Uccello, and almost nothing else.
If you want to see the amazing works of art created for it over the course of 700-plus years, you have to go to the Museum of the Works of the Duomo, which is immediately east of the church. There, you will see some of the greatest masterpieces by Giotto, Donatello, Ghiberti, Lucca and Andrea della Robbia, and on and on, plus, of course, a Pieta by Michelangelo.
If it were me, I would tell your parents: Don't waste what energy you have on seeing the Duomo -- there are lots better places to go to.Edited: 13 May 2018, 08:52
Thank you, we will try!
Thank you, I will take that into consideration