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Go beyond the famous façade of the Florence Duomo with this in-depth experience that takes you behind the scenes of one of Italy’s top landmarks. With an insider guide, visit the Baptistery, the ancient Cathedral Restoration Workshop, the open-air terraces of the cathedral and the cathedral crypt. Learn about the creation and maintenance of the beautiful mosaics, and hear about the many artists who have worked here, like Michelangelo. A 24-hour ticket for the Duomo Complex is included so you can visit Giotto's Campanile and other sites.

Highlights

  • Florence Duomo and Baptistery tour
  • Admire the mosaic-covered beauty of the Baptistery, and visit the Cathedral Workshop, where Michelangelo carved his David
  • Learn about the restoration of the historical mosaics
  • Explore Florence Cathedral, from the underground crypt to the view-providing terraces
  • Includes a 24-hour ticket for the Duomo Complex so you can visit Giotto's bell tower

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What You Can Expect

Duomo Tour Secret Terraces Visit and Restoration Workshop

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Customer Reviews

Bonnie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

So glad we booked this tour. There were only 4 of us for the early part so we were able to learn a lot from a very knowledgeable Monica. The special access allowed us to see things many others didn and #39;t. The terrace access was breathtaking. Both Monica and Angela were excellent guides. Highly recommend.

michelle.croucher55

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I highly recommend anyone to take this tour it includes so much and you have the opportunity to see everything as the tickets are valid for 48 hours. So what you don and #39;t see with the guide you can go back on day 2 and confirm what you saw , or go the museum and bell tower. I and #39;d go again.

Donna D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was fabulous. My 18 year old daughter and I booked it as a splurge in an effort to get a more complete view of one of the key attractions of Florence on our first visit to the city. It exceeded our expectations in so many ways. It was structured as essentially two tours: the first 2 hours are spent with an OPA guide exploring the Baptistery and its restoration works, as well as visiting the OPA restoration workshop the second half of the tour after a break for lunch on our own was devoted to The Duomo proper, with a visit to the archeological site beneath it, a full tour of the cathedral proper, and then a very educational exploration of the dome. Both tour guides were passionate and devoted to their subjects we especially enjoyed our time spent with Christina in the Baptistery and the workshop. The workshop is one of the highlights of the entire day as we saw first hand the tools used in restoration of statues and mosaics, and gained a new appreciation for the art of restoration. After our best meal in Florence around the corner from the workshop during a quick hour's lunch on our own, we enjoyed a great afternoon in The Duomo with yet another passionate and very knowledgeable guide. She encouraged us to visit The Duomo Museum included in our ticket and we are so glad we did that as well. The entire tour felt like such a treat, and was probably the highlight of our entire nine days in Italy. Well worth the money for such insights -- and memories!

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