- Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
- 3 hours with a PhD or MA-level historian
- Skip-the-line tickets into the Duomo
Next, we will visit the Baptistery, built in the 11th century (one of the oldest buildings in the city) on the foundations of what was thought to be a Roman temple. The sacred building is revered in Florence in no small part because poet Dante and many members of the Medici family were baptized here. The greatest architects of the day had a hand in the design, and the theories of Alberti, Talenti and Brunelleschi are put into practice in the octagonal plan.
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Is this tour appropriate for families?
Yes, kids will love learning about how the dome was built and going underground into the crypt. Our guides will adapt the tour to suit the ages and interests of the younger family members.
Yes, most of this tour takes place on the ground level and there are ramps and elevators in the Museum. If you have serious mobility issues, we do recommend booking a Private tour to make sure that your specific needs are met by our guide without impacting the group.
Monica completed her Ph.D in 2009 in history of art and architecture from the University of Virginia, specializing in the Italian Renaissance period. As a writer, she is interested in the literary culture of Florence as well as the city's art and architecture. Before coming to Florence, Monica lived in Rome, Venice, New York City, and Charlottesville, Virginia.
Patricia holds an Master's in Italian Renaissance history from Cornell University, and another in Italian Renaissance art history from Syracuse University. Both of her theses were on Florentine topics. She also writes about Florence, Tuscany, and Emilia-Romagna for a popular guide book, has led wine tours in Chianti, and has cooked in several Florentine trattorie. She lives in the Tuscan countryside with her husband and six dogs.
Born and raised under the shade of Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome in Florence, Siro belongs to an important Tuscan family of art nouveau artists. After a diploma in ceramic decoration obtained in 2000, he has worked in a traditional Florentine workshop. He received his BA at the University of Florence and in 2008 published his research about the Richard-Ginori porcelain production that was commissioned by the vice-king of Egypt for the celebrations of the opening of the Suez Canal. In order to share his passion and love for art, culture, and the Florentine lifestyle, Siro is professionally trained as a tour guide for his hometown.