Museo dell'Opera del Duomo Tours

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Opened in 1891, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo houses works and artifacts from Florence’s Duomo Cathedral, including Lorenzo Ghiberti’s original doors for the Baptistery of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni), Donatello’s Penitent Magdalene statue, and the unfinished Florence Pietà—aka The Deposition—that Michelangelo intended to cover his own tomb.

The Basics
Themed tours—including food and wine, architecture, and Dan Brown tours—typically offer a museum admission ticket as a part of a Duomo Complex tour, which includes the Cathedral and Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni). Private tours of Florence offer a more intimate experience, allowing you to include the Duomo and Museo dell’Opera in the day’s customized itinerary, while private tours of the Duomo Complex alone offer more in-depth information about the history and architecture of the Cathedral, Baptistery, and Museo dell’Opera. Private Duomo Complex tours typically include skip-the-line access to the Bell Tower and Dome.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo is a must for history buffs, art aficionados, and Duomo Cathedral visitors.
  • Save time with a skip-the-line admission ticket, often included with small-group tours of the museum. 
  • Light snacks and drinks are available at the museum café, which overlooks the rear of the Duomo.
  • Bathrooms are located in the entrance.
  • Download the Firenze Turismo app to access maps, cultural event calendars, and tourist information.

How to Get There
The centrally located Museo dell’Opera del Duomo is in Piazza del Duomo, just steps from the Cathedral. If arriving by taxi, simply provide the Duomo as your destination. The museum is easily accessible using the city’s bus system: nearest stops are Santa Maria Maggiore on bus 22 and Vecchietti on bus 6.

When to Get There
Museo dell’Opera del Duomo is open from 9am to 7:30pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 1:30pm Sunday. The museum is busiest at midday, though the galleries rarely feel overly crowded—nevertheless, go in the morning for a quieter experience. Educational talks and cultural events are held often in both Italian and English; see the museum’s website for a full calendar.

Michelangelo’s Unfinished Business
Renowned Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo was 72 when he started the Florence Pietà, a depiction of three figures holding the body of Jesus Christ. After working on the sculpture for eight long years, Michelangelo attempted to destroy it in a fit of rage for reasons that art historians can only speculate. When observing the sculpture at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, look for signs of the artist’s self-inflicted damage.
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Address: Piazza del Duomo, 9, Florence, Tuscany 50122, Italy
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Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb

Travel to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, Florence’s most iconic attraction, with this 2.5-hour tour and skip-the-line entrance ticket. Follow your guide through the cathedral and up to the terraces for an exclusive close-up view of the dome. Explore passages closed to the public and get a magnificent look at the city skyline. A tour of the Baptistery and tickets to the museum are also included.
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Small-Group Florence Duomo Baptistery and Grande Museo del Duomo Tour

Take an in-depth tour of the Florence Duomo Complex for a complete experience of its sites, including the Baptistery, Cathedral and neighboring museum. With a knowledgeable guide, admire the Baptistery’s beautiful mosaics, and discover the different parts of Florence Cathedral, including Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Campanile. Then head to the Opera del Duomo Museum to see artwork by Michelangelo and others. With an included 24-hour ticket, you can climb the dome and bell tower, if you wish.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Duomo Complex Private Tour

Discover the secrets of the Duomo on a private tour with exclusive Bell Tower and Dome access. In addition to providing pick–up from the doorstep of your accommodation, your guide offers facts and stories often unheard by visitors. All admission tickets, entrance fees, and personal headsets are included for your convenience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Duomo Dome Skip the Line Tour

Get inside one of Florence's best-known buildings with this 1.5-hour skip-the-line guided tour of the Duomo, including its famous dome. Climb to the top of the Cupola to enjoy spectacular views over Florence and to see Vasari's beautiful frescoes up close.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Climb Florence Duomo: Dome and Cathedral Tour

Climb the dome of Florence Duomo, and enjoy access to its museum, baptistery, and bell tower, too. Also known as Brunelleschi's Dome, the orange-brick cupola of the cathedral is an iconic Florence sight, high above the rooftops of the city. Gaze out at the panoramas when you reach the dome, and listen to fun facts about the cathedral and the city from a local guide.
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Private tour Dan Brown Inferno Tour of Florence

Engross yourself in all things Dan Brown and Dante in this guided Inferno-themed tour of Florence. Follow the tracks of Dan Brown's famous protagonist, Robert Langton, to the secret passages and the Salone dei Cinquecento, where you'll marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo, among others. Visit the apartments of Cosimo, see Dante Alighieri's death mask, step inside the Palazzo Vecchio, get a look at Dante's former home, and more.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Florence Opera del Duomo Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

See perhaps the world’s greatest sculpture collection with a personal guide to do it justice on this private, 2-hour skip-the-line tour of Florence’s Opera del Duomo Museum. Once the Duomo’s workshop, this restored museum houses 750 masterpieces, including statues by Michelangelo and Donatello. Admire the original statues of Florence’s Duomo façade, view Michelangelo’s 'Pietà,' and more. An exterior Duomo tour, and post-museum access to the Duomo, Baptistery, and more also included.
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Florence Duomo Monumental Complex Guided Tour

Learn the history and legends behind Florence’s most famous architectural treasures on this 1.5-hour tour of the monuments of the Duomo complex  led by an art historian guide. Skip the long lines with reserved entry, and be dazzled by the mosaics, marble, and paintings that adorn St. John’s Baptistery and the Florence Cathedral — capped by Brunelleschi’s famous dome. See even more masterpieces of medieval and Renaissance art with included admission to the new Opera del Duomo museum, and finish with a tasting of Tuscan specialties at a nearby shop.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Florence Opera del Duomo Museum Guided Visit

Feast your eyes on one of the world’s most treasured collections of medieval and Renaissance sculpture with a 1.5-hour guided visit to the Opera del Duomo Museum in Florence. After skipping the entrance line, learn the backstories behind masterpieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, and other Italian greats, and gain insight into the construction of Brunelleschi’s famous dome. Stay to explore the museum as long as you like, and finish with a tasting of Chianti wine paired with cheese and balsamic vinegar.
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Duomo Monumental Tour

Discover the history and secrets behind some of Renaissance Italy's most important monuments on a guided, 2-hour tour of the famous Duomo complex in Florence. Enjoy St. John’s Baptistery, the Santa Maria del Fiori Cathedral, and the new Opera del Duomo Museum, home to many masterpieces of devotional art. If you wish, finish with a climb to the top of the iconic Duomo and Giotto’s Bell Tower for captivating city views.
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PRIVATE CLIMBING OF THE CUPOLA AND DISCOVER THE ENTIRE DUOMO COMPLEX

The tour starts with an introduction to the square and its religious buildings.Then you will visit the interior of the Baptistery where you will see the amazing golden mosaic that inspired Dante Alighieri for his Divine Comedy.Our local guide will tell you about the secrets behind the Baptistery and the Dome of Brunelleschi…
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Easy Entrance Opera del Duomo Museum with final Food and Wine Tasting

Learn about the most beautiful Museum in Florence from your expert English speaking guide Easy Entrance Tickets for the the Baptistery and Opera del Duomo Museum1 hour Wine Tasting lead by a professional SommelierTaste 3 different type of Tuscan Wine, 2 types of Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 3 Italian Cheese TastingEnjoy a delicius and traditional Tuscan fingers food tastingReceive a ticket valid 24 hours to visit on your own the other monuments at the Duomo ComplexSemi-Private Tour, max 12 people
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Renaissance Full Access: Museums, Duomo & Palaces Private Tour

Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour in Florence. With a guide in the lead, you'll have priority access and be able to skip the line at the local museums, which saves valuable vacation time. You can focus on the sights that interest you and your guide will tailor their commentary to your preferences. This tour includes access to a reserved spot at the top of the Duomo for panoramic views of Florence.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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