Your Skip-The-Line Brunelleschi Tour of the Duomo takes place in the afternoon and begins when you meet your guide at Via dei Cimatori 9 Red, Florence. The office is between Piazza della Signoria and the house of Dante Alighieri. During this thrilling 2 ½ hour tour, an expert local English-speaking guide will lead you to the top of the Duomo, Florence’s magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Built between 1296 and 1436, the Duomo symbolized Florence's growing importance and it remains the largest cathedral in the world. Its imposing dome, larger than the dome of the Pantheon in Rome, still dominates the city.
To reach the top of the Duomo, the highest building in Florence, you will climb up the same staircase used by Filippo Brunelleschi, the revolutionary architect and engineer. As you ascend the 463 steps, you will feel as if you’ve gone back in time, sneaking through the narrow passages of this architectural masterpiece. Once on top of the “cupola” dome, you will enjoy an unforgettable view of Florence.
On the tour, you will discover the techniques used by Brunelleschi, such as inventing a new hoisting machine to raise the masonry needed for the dome. You will also have the opportunity to get close to the frescos decorating the dome. The fresco on the dome's interior, painted between 1572 and 1579 by Giorgio Vasari and Frederico Zuccari, depicts the Last Judgment.
In order to build the dome quickly, many new tools were invented. You’ll see these preserved in the Museo dell' Opera dell Duomo, a nearby museum dedicated to works of art from the cathedral. The extraordinary thing is that many of them are still used nowadays!
Your tour ends inside the museum. From here, you will be free to make your way back to your accommodation.