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Early access guided tour of Florence Duomo, Baptispery and Dome
Discover on a guided tour the suggestive Florence Cathedral with its Brunelleschi's dome and the Baptistery still enveloped by the first light of dawn. Be the first to access the Duomo and the only one to visit it with your group and guide!
Small group guided tour at the opening of Florence Cahedral highlights:
- Meet the Chiavigero, keeper of the keys to the gates of the Cathedral and the Baptistery
- Visit the Cathedral with an expert guide in the silence of the early morning
- Observe the frescoes and the clock kept in the Cathedral illuminated by the first rays of the sun
- Walk through the Gates of Paradise and visit the Baptistery
- Climb Brunelleschi's famous dome and admire the architectural wonders of Florence from above
Small group guided tour at the opening of Florence Cahedral
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Take advantage of an unrepeatable opportunity: an early access visit to the iconic places of the Florentine capital accompanied by the story of an expert guide ready to answer all your questions in the quiet and colors of dawn. You will witness the awakening of the noble city, as Dante called it, the cradle of the Italian Renaissance.
The tour will start at the break of dawn when you will join your group and the official guide. At the gates of the Duomo you will meet the Chiavigero. A very precious role for an almost unknown character: he is the one who opens and closes the magnificent doors of the Cathedral and the Baptistery every morning. Once inside, you can admire the rarefied and unique atmosphere of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in the quiet of the morning. The Flower indicated is a lily, none other than the historical symbol of the city. Let yourself be charmed by the story of the creation of the splendid Paolo Uccello clock positioned on the counter-façade. A sum of the ingenuity and Florentine craftsmanship moved by an intricate system of weights and counterweights. You will then be amazed by the fact that the hands of this prodigious clock rotate counterclockwise. You will walk through the naves where you will observe the huge fresco created by Vasari and Zuccari. Look carefully at every detail portrayed: from the Last Judgment to the Apocalypse, to the angels and saints.
After this exciting first stop on the tour, it will be time for a moment of relaxation for a delicious and abundant Italian breakfast with coffee or cappuccino and brioche in one of the traditional cafes located in the historic center. Once refreshed, you will be ready to continue, together with your guide, who will lead us to the discovery of one of the oldest churches in Florence, the Baptistery of San Giovanni. The Chiavigero will now allow you to cross the majestic Gates of Paradise - as defined by the master Michelangelo - built between 1403 and 1424 by Lorenzo Ghiberti, sculptor, goldsmith and architect of admirable genius. The door depicts scenes from the Old Testament and is divided into ten rectangular panels made of gold and bronze with mercury gilding. Inside the Baptistery you will be enchanted by observing the octagonal plan of the structure in which sacredness, art and history merge. Entering the building, the first thing that will catch your attention will be the precious golden mosaic of the dome, one of the largest in the world, dedicated to the figure of Christ the judge and to the scenes of the Last Judgment taken from the Holy Scriptures. A contemplation that will fill your eyes and spirit.
One final masterwork awaits. The private tour continues with a visit to the memorable Brunelleschi's dome. Absolute masterpiece of technique that has enchanted the world for centuries, it is a symbol of Florence, the Renaissance and more generally of Humanism. Let yourself be enchanted by the story that the guide will tell: with a diameter of 45.5 meters and a height of 116, it is the largest masonry vault ever built in the world. Its beauty will leave you speechless. You will enter through a reserved entrance called Porta Canonici to the staircase that leads to the top of the dome from where you can observe Florence lying under your feet and admire the suggestive panorama. This small group guided tour of the Florence Cathedral and the Baptistery is much more than a simple tour of the points of interest that the city has to offer: it is a real journey through time, art and history.
More early access tours in Florence
If you wish to visit Florence with early access guided tours, check our guided tour of Uffizi Gallery and guided tour of Accademia Gallery with early access.
· Centre of Florence
· Exclusive early access tickets to the Dome of Florence with "Chiavigero"
· Guided small group tour of the Cathedral and the Baptistery
· Skip the line entrance tickets for Baptistery and the Dome
· Private English Speaking guide
· Italian breakfast (coffee, cappuccino and pastries)
· Climbing to the top of the Dome
· Tips (optional)
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
The tour requires climbing the stairs to the Dome and the Terraces, for a total number of 466 steps. For that reason, this tour is unfortunately not suitable for guests with wheelchairs and impaired mobility.
Dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking. You will receive a voucher. This is your ticket and proof of purchase.