Baptistery (Battistero) Tours

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Situated just west of the Duomo Cathedral, the Baptistery of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni) is one of the oldest structures in Florence. Its iconic octagonal structure dates back to ancient Rome, while its 16th-century bronze doors—sculpted by Lorenzo Ghiberti—were dubbed the Gates of Paradise by Michelangelo himself.

The Basics
As two of Florence’s most popular destinations, the Baptistery and adjacent Duomo Cathedral are a stop on most city walking tours, which typically offer skip-the-line access, as do some Segway tours. Food, architecture, Dan Brown, Dante, and other themed tours often include a stop to observe the Baptistery’s marble exterior. If visiting independently, to avoid the hassle of purchasing separate tickets, a Duomo Complex pass includes an admission ticket to the Baptistery. The Baptistery is also featured on the Firenze Card, which grants 72-hour access to top Florence landmarks and museums including the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries, Pitti Palace, Dante’s House, and Belvedere Fort.

Segway and walking tours allow you to explore Florence’s top landmarks—including the Baptistery and Duomo as well as the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza Santa Croce—without the hassle of navigating on your own. While small-group walking tours offer a personal experience, private tours ensure your guide’s full attention and enable you to visit the Baptistery as part of your customized itinerary.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Baptistery is a must for all first-time visitors to Florence, especially history and architecture buffs.
  • Restrooms are located in the adjacent Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.
  • Download the Firenze Turismo app to access maps, cultural event calendars, and tourist information.

How to Get There
The centrally located Baptistery is in Piazza San Giovanni, just steps from the Duomo. If arriving by taxi, simply provide the Duomo as your destination. It’s 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
The Baptistery is open from 8:15am to 10:15am and 11:15am to 7:30pm on weekdays, and 8:30am to 1:30pm on weekends. Expect longer entrance lines on weekends and at midday on weekdays. For a quieter visit, go on a weekday morning. The annual folk tradition of Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart) takes place outside the Baptistery on Easter, when crowds flock to the square to watch an elaborate wooden cart light up with fireworks. On June 24 the city honors its patron saint, St. John the Baptist, with a cultural festival in Piazza San Giovanni.

The Gates of Paradise
It took Lorenzo Ghiberti 21 years to complete the Baptistery di San Giovanni’s detailed bronze and gold doors. After winning a fierce competition in 1401 against renowned sculptor Filippo Brunelleschi, Ghiberti sculpted the Baptistery’s North and East doors, which are now preserved and on display in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. The doors’ design and execution were met with such success that Michelangelo himself dubbed them the Gates of Paradise.
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Address: Piazza San Giovanni, Florence 50125, Italy
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Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

Check off the best bits of Italy’s Renaissance capital on this comprehensive 3-hour walking tour of Florence. Stroll around the historic monuments of Piazza della Republica and Piazza della Signoria, cross the landmark Ponte Vecchio bridge, then admire the opulent Pitti Palace and the legendary Duomo. After browsing the designer boutiques of Via Tornabuoni and the artist’s workshops of lively Oltrarno, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Accademia museum to view Michelangelo's world-famous David sculpture. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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Small-Group Skip the Line Best of Florence Walking Tour with David and the Duomo

Experience the Tuscan capital's top attractions on a small-group, 3-hour walking tour through Florence. Begin with skip-the-line access to view Michelangelo's 'David' in the Accademia Gallery, and learn how the House of Medici shaped Florence into a helm of arts and humanities. Then visit the Duomo, the city's iconic, Gothic-style cathedral, as well as the Baptistery to hear the fascinating origins of the Gates of Paradise. Afterward stroll the local streets, taking in landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio bridge.
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Small-Group Florence Day Tour with David, Duomo and Uffizi

Experience the very best of Florence in a single, memorable day. See Michelangelo’s iconic ‘David’ sculpture up-close at the Accademia Gallery, and learn the secrets of Brunelleschi’s magnificent Duomo. Explore the ‘living museum’ of the medieval city with a walking tour of its most important piazzas and outdoor monuments, and finish with a journey through the Renaissance at the world-famous Ufizzi Gallery. Save time with skip-the-line access to the most popular attractions, and enjoy a small-group atmosphere of no more than 15 people.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Private Renaissance Discovery Tour of Florence

Discover Florence’s artistic and architectural treasures with the help of a local expert on this private, 3-hour walking tour. Wander through a labyrinth of winding medieval streets as you learn the legends behind famous landmarks like the Palazzo Vecchio, Vasari Corridor, and the Duomo Cathedral. Set your own pace and take advantage of personalized attention from your guide for a fascinating introduction to the birthplace of the Renaissance.
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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: Highlights of Florence including Michelangelo's David

Discover the artistic and architectural treasures of Florence on a private, 3-hour tour led by local art historian guide. Learn the fascinating history behind the birthplace of the Renaissance as you explore highlights like the Duomo complex, Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio, and see one of the world's most famous works of art up close with a viewing of Michelangelo's ‘David’ at the Academia Gallery. Price is per group, based on a maximum of 15 adults. Admission fees not included.
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Private Florence Highlights Walking Tour from Duomo to Santa Croce

See the best of Florence with a private walking tour focused on the Renaissance. Join a knowledgeable guide for a tour of Florence's highlights, exploring its charming streets and pretty piazzas as you learn about monuments along the way.
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Florence Baptistery and Duomo Tour with Wine and Cheese

Team a visit to Florence Baptistery (aka the Baptistery of St John) with wine and cheese during this 2-hour combo tour in Florence. The baptistery is the oldest part of Florence Duomo, and history is set in its stone. Explore its matroneum gallery, learn about its history, and then step inside the cathedral to see Renaissance art aplenty. Cap it all with Chianti, bread and cheese. Buon appetito!
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Private Tour: Highlights of Florence Including the Uffizi Gallery

Marvel over the Renaissance gems of Florence on this private 3-hour tour, and check off highlights such as Florence Duomo, Giotto's Bell tower, and Ponte Vecchio. To maximize your time in the city, combine your walking tour with skip-the-line access to the Uffizi Gallery (entrance not included), one of Italy’s most important art museums.
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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.
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Private Tour: 2 Hours Florence Walking Tour

Discover the rich artistic legacy and hidden gems of Florence on a private, 2.5-hour walking tour. Feel transported back in time wandering through well-preserved medieval streets and charming piazzas, while an art historian guide shares tales from the city’s illustrious past and points out details many visitors miss. See highlights of the historic city center including the Duomo, St John’s Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and the artisan quarter of Oltrarno. 
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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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Inferno 3-Hour Private Tour

Bring Inferno to life with a tour of the Florence sites featured in Dan Brown’s best-selling novel. This private sightseeing tour takes you to Palazzo della Signoria, the Baptistery and Cathedral of Florence, and more, all while learning about Florence culture and history through the lens of literature.
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2-Hours Walking Tour in Florence

Choose your own course on this 2-hour guided walking tour of Florence. See the must-see sites, including the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio or opt to go somewhat off the beaten path by seeing Boboli Gardens and the Church of Santo Spirito, among many other spots. This is a great option for first timers and return visitors.
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Classic Florence Walking Tour

Get to know Florence on a private walking tour of the city with a knowledgeable guide. During this 2-hour exploration, discover the Renaissance city’s top sights as you cross bridges, walk along winding alleys, pass by medieval markets and see famous landmarks like Santa Maria del Fiore, aka the Duomo. This is a great way to get oriented with the city so you’ll know what sites you want to return to later.
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Private Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

With so much to see in Florence, it can be hard to know where to begin. On this private tour, take a break from your guidebook and make sure you hit all the most important Renaissance monuments, from Medici palaces and the famous Duomo to artsy Oltarno across the river and high-fashion avenues. Plus, fit in a visit to one of the most famous sculptures of all-time with skip-the-line access to the popular Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s ‘David.’
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Florence Segway Tour

Explore the heart of the Renaissance by Segway on this 3-hour tour of Florence. Led by a local guide, you’ll pass top attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo and Piazza Santa Croce. Cover more ground than a walking tour as you hear the history behind this famous city from your guide. Headphones will also be provided so that you can hear the commentary more clearly as you glide through the streets. After three hours of exploration, your tour will conclude at its original departure point.
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Renaissance Florence Walking Tour

Discover the history of the Renaissance city on this 2.5-hour walking tour of Florence. Led by a guide, tour the exterior of the Baptistery, Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, and check out the Palazzo Vecchio as you stroll through the bustling Piazza della Signoria. While your guide fills you in on the stories of the city and its characters, try a culinary sampling of some of the region’s top specialties before heading to the Oltrarno to explore a local market.
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Skip the Line: Small-Group Florence Renaissance Walking Tour with Accademia Gallery

Skip the crowds and see the best of Florence on a 3-hour walking tour with priority admission to the Accademia Gallery. Led by an expert guide, explore the architectural gems of the Renaissance city while learning about important Florentine figures, such as the poet Dante Alighieri and the Medici family. Afterward, skip the long lines at the Accademia and head straight inside to witness Michelangelo’s ‘David’, as well as other impressive works of art. This tour is limited to 14 people to keep the experience intimate.
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Private Walking Tour in Florence

Become more familiar with Florence on this private walking tour of the city. Your private guide knows the best and quickest ways to maneuver around the city to make the most of your time. Plus, you can customize your day's itinerary, so your interests, needs, and wants are all met.
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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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