- Piazza del Duomo
- Santa Maria del Fiore
- The Baptistery
- Piazza della Signoria
- Palazzo Vecchio (interior)
- Ponte Vecchio
IN THE HEART OF FLORENCE
The Heart of Florence is a tour of the most famous architectures of Florence, universal symbols of its glorious history.
Piazza del Duomo (or Santa Maria del Fiore) will strike you with the majestic size of its noble buildings, but at the same time will fill your eyes with the joyful colors of its marbles.
White, green and red are fundamental colors of the facades, enriched with a profusion of statues, decorated windows, bronze doors.
On top, awesome and protective at the same time, stands the gigantic red brick dome devised by Brunelleschi, made more elegant by the lantern on top.
The whole complex was built during the course of many centuries and the phases (and delays) in its construction mirror the political, economical and social history of this powerful city.
There was a time in which the Baptistery (that is the oldest building, late 11th century) stood in the middle of a maze of narrow alleyways and tower houses, which were then little by little demolished to make room for the huge Duomo, started by Arnolfo di Cambio (he had formerly worked at the Duomo in Siena) in 1296, passing then under the direction of many other famous architects (such as Giotto, that also added his project for the Bell Tower), was in fact not finished until the end of the 19th century, when the façade was finally erected!
All in all, the construction of the Dome took ‘only’ 16 years (from 1420 t0 1436). The story of how Brunelleschi, possibly reenacting ancient Etruscan techniques, was able to raise it without building scaffoldings. He kept his mouth as shut as possible, revealing only what was indispensable to carry on the works, and technicians have been debating for centuries…This and other intriguing episodes, such as the story of the competition for the creation of the second door of the Baptistery, with Michelangelo’s comments, will be part of our tour.
- The tour lasts 3 hours. Cost: 255 euros up to 6 people
- For larger parties please enquire at email
- Palazzo Vecchio: 15 euros (closed on Thursdays)
- If you wish to include in this tour also The “Opera del Duomo museum” see description on this page consider a 4 hour tour. Cost: 340 euros up to 6 people.
- Admission: 11 euros
- No sleeveless garments and no shorts.
- Short sleeves and knee high are ok.