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Brunelleschi’s Dome – tickets, prices, discounts, timings, what to expect, FAQs

Filippo Brunelleschi designed and built the dome covering Florence’s Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower in Italy.

The Brunelleschi dome is an incredible work of art, captivating the world since its creation.

At the time of its construction, it was the largest dome in the world and is still the largest masonry vault in the world.

It is an embodiment of the rich cultural heritage of Florence, Renaissance values, and the essence of Western humanism.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets for the Brunelleschi Dome.

What to expect at Brunelleschi Dome

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Visit the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence, renowned for its awe-inspiring Brunelleschi’s dome.

This iconic cathedral dome stands as one of the city’s most celebrated attractions, a must-see for all visitors.

Explore this architectural marvel, a feat that took an impressive 16 years to complete, ranking among the world’s largest masonry domes.

Witness the breathtaking 16th-century Final Judgment frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari.

Many visitors opt to ascend the 463 steps to the summit, treating themselves to breathtaking panoramic vistas of the historic center.

Additionally, adjacent to the church lies the Opera del Duomo museum, boasting a captivating scale model of Brunelleschi’s dome and Lorenzo Ghiberti’s original bronze baptistry doors.

Booking the Florence Duomo tour ensures exclusive skip-the-line access to the Duomo, Giotto’s bell tower, and the baptistry, enhancing your exploration of these magnificent landmarks.

Ticket Price
Entry to Brunelleschi’s Dome and Cathedral Complex €45
Duomo Complex Tour with Giotto Tower Ticket €69
Accademia, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and Cathedral Tour €83
Cathedral, Dome and Terraces Guided Tour €105
Dome Climb, Museum and Baptistry Small-Group Tour €75
Baptistery, Duomo Museum, Cathedral, & Bell Tower €84

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Where to book tickets

Tickets for Brunelleschi’s Dome are available online in advance or at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, during peak days they may sell out. Booking online also helps avoid last-minute disappointment and delays.

How do online tickets work

Go to the Brunelleschi’s Dome booking page, select your preferred date, the number of tickets you wish to purchase, and the time slot, and buy the tickets right away.

Once you complete the bookings, the tickets will be emailed to you.

You don’t need to carry printouts. 

On the day of your visit, you can show the e-ticket on your smartphone and begin the tour.

Bring your official IDs.

For foreign guests, it is necessary to provide passport and visa information during check-in.

Brunelleschi’s Dome ticket price

Entry tickets for Florence Brunelleschi’s Dome and Cathedral Complex tour are priced at €45 for adults aged over 15 years.

Child tickets, suitable for ages seven to 14, are offered at a reduced rate of €25, while infants up to six years of age enjoy complimentary entry.

For the Florence Duomo Complex Tour with Giotto Tower, adult tickets are priced at €69 for visitors over 15 years old.

Youth tickets for ages seven to 14 can be purchased at €39, and infants up to six years old enter for free.

As for the Florence Cathedral, Dome, and Terraces Guided Tour, general admission tickets are priced at €105 for all visitors, irrespective of age.

Brunelleschi’s Dome and Cathedral Complex tickets

Duomo & Brunelleschi's Dome
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Experience the awe-inspiring vistas of Florence from the pinnacle of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with exclusive access to Brunelleschi’s Dome.

This ticket provides a 3-day pass for the Dome Complex, encompassing the Bell Tower, Museum of the Duomo, and Santa Reparata Crypt, starting from the reserved date.

Upon arrival at the designated meeting point, meet your local assistant, present your voucher, and collect your tickets to embark on this remarkable journey.

Ascend the 463 steps to reach the summit, beholding the remarkable egg-shaped architecture of the Dome, once hailed as the world’s largest structure.

Within the Dome’s interior, marvel at the captivating frescoes and intricate stained-glass windows, including the mesmerizing frescoes of the Last Judgment by Zuccari and Giorgio Vasari.

Conclude your adventure by savoring the breathtaking panoramic vistas of Florence and its environs from the summit.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (15+ years): €45
Child Ticket (7 to 14 years): €45
Infant Ticket (up to 6 years): Free

Florence Duomo Complex Tour with Giotto Tower Ticket

Giotto Tower Ticket
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Embark on a guided tour of Duomo Square in Florence, delving into the Giotto Bell Tower and enjoying access to the Baptistry and Museum at your leisure.

Meet your guide and optimize your exploration of Florence’s largest square, home to the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, a monumental treasure.

Uncover the city’s golden age as you discover the fourth-largest church globally, a paramount symbol of Florence. Delve into the stories of Gothic and Renaissance masters integral to the cathedral’s creation.

Experience the Baptistery of St. John, Florence’s oldest and most revered structure, adorned with breathtaking golden mosaics that grace its internal dome and apses.

Cap off your journey with panoramic vistas of the city from the summit of the Giotto Bell Tower.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (15+ years): €69
Youth Ticket (7 to 14 years): €39
Infant Ticket (up to 6 years): Free

Florence Accademia, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and Cathedral Tour

Brunelleschi's Dome Combo Tickets
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Take a guided tour of Florence’s famed landmarks — the Statue of David, Brunelleschi’s Cupola, and the Duomo Cathedral.

Choose between a small group or private tour, tailored to your preferences, with exclusive, pre-booked access and an expert guide.

Skip the lines at the Accademia Gallery and enter through a dedicated lane, then enter the Cathedral via a separate entrance for small groups to admire its art and architecture.

Learn about Michelangelo’s David and the Medici family’s legacy while marveling at this 17-foot-tall masterpiece.

Your expert guide will unveil the secrets of this historic landmark before climbing Brunelleschi’s Dome, accessing its 463 steps with priority entry.

At the summit, absorb stunning views of Tuscany and Florence, culminating in an unforgettable experience.

Complete your tour with visits to the Museum and the Baptistery using the Brunelleschi Pass.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (15+ years): €83
Youth Ticket (7 to 14 years): €79
Child Ticket (3 to 6 years): €74
Infant Ticket (up to 2 years): Free

Florence Cathedral, Dome and Terraces Guided Tour

Florence Cathedral
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Embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the Florence Duomo, marveling at breathtaking views of the “Cradle of Renaissance.”

Enjoy a 3-day full-access, skip-the-line pass to Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery, and the Opera del Duomo Museum.

Effortlessly skip long lines with your exclusive pass and guide, gaining entry to the ancient Cathedral of Florence.

Uncover the secrets of this marble monument by ascending to high terraces and the top of the dome for a closer look at Brunelleschi’s cupola.

Admire frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, Paolo Uccello’s colossal clock, and intricate marble floor patterns.

Explore the ruins, taking in the fine polychrome mosaic with its geometric decorations.

Climb the northern terrace of the Duomo’s rooftop and traverse narrow, open-air corridors closed to the public for centuries.

Conclude your tour with an exclusive visit to a circular room housing old statues once adorning the Duomo’s facade.

Witness craftsmen in action using spatulas and chisels to restore, with tools still bearing the scent of stucco.

Ticket Prices

General Admission: €105

Dome Climb, Museum and Baptistry Small-Group Tour

Baptistry Small-Group Tour
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Explore Florence at your pace without the fuss of large group tours.

Engage in a personalized guided tour tailored for discerning travelers, unveiling iconic landmarks like the Duomo and the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral complex alongside a knowledgeable local guide.

Delve into the captivating stories, legends, and secrets woven into these remarkable architectural marvels.

Cap off your exploration with stunning views atop one of the world’s largest Domes, ascending the renowned 463 steps to admire the Cathedral’s interior and its 16th-century frescoes.

In a small group of 12 to 15 people or fewer, our guides provide a personalized experience, ensuring you truly immerse yourself in Florence.

Receive radios and headsets to ensure you catch every detail shared by your tour guide.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (14 to 59 years): €75
Youth Ticket (9 to 13 years): €75
Child Ticket (6 to 8 years): €55
Senior Ticket (60+ years): €74
EU Student Ticket (18 to 25 years): €74
Infant Ticket (up to 5 years): Free

Baptistery, Duomo Museum, Cathedral, & Bell Tower

Duomo Museum
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Join a guided tour of Florence’s religious center, exploring the Baptistery, Cathedral (Duomo), and Opera del Duomo Museum.

After the tour, seize the chance to ascend Giotto’s Bell Tower independently, embracing the mesmerizing cityscape.

Explore the grandeur of Florence Cathedral’s interior, a monumental church whose construction spanned from 1296 to 1436, culminating in Filippo Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome.

Discover the ancient Baptistery, showcasing Florentine Romanesque architecture and revered as one of Florence’s oldest structures.

Visit the Opera del Duomo Museum, home to original masterpieces from the Duomo Complex, including Ghiberti’s famed Gates of Paradise and Michelangelo’s Pietà Bandini. The museum hosts one of the world’s largest collections of Donatello’s works.

Experience the opportunity to climb Giotto’s Bell Tower, boasting three stories and offering panoramic views of the city’s skyline. Please note specific climbing times at 12.45 pm for morning tour participants and 6 pm for afternoon tour participants.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (15+ years): €84
Youth Ticket (6 to 14 years): €48

Save time and money! Buy the Florence Pass, the key to exploring the city’s top attractions. Visit the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery and get skip-the-line access to Brunelleschi’s Dome. The pass also includes a downloadable audio guide app.

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How to reach Florence Cathedral

The Florence Cathedral is located outside the Palazzo dei Canonici, in the Piazza del Duomo.

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy. Get Directions

You can reach Brunelleschi’s Dome by public transport or car.

By Bus

Get down at the Oriuolo Duomo stop to reach Brunelleschi’s Dome.

Take the C2 bus.

By Tram

The closest tram station to the attraction is Unità, which is serviceable by the T2 tram.

By Car

If you want to drive to the attraction, turn on Google Maps and get started!

Choose between several parking options around the attraction.

Brunelleschi Dome timings

You can climb to Brunelleschi’s Dome between 8.15 am to 7.30 pm between Mondays to Fridays. 

On Saturdays, the dome can be toured from 8.15 am to 5.30 pm. 

Visiting hours on Sundays are limited due to the Cathedral being active and consecrated.

The tour is available from 12.45 pm to 5.30 pm, and the same timings apply to holidays.

How long does the tour take

The tour duration varies based on your chosen option.

Yet, ascending to the pinnacle of Brunelleschi’s dome typically spans between 45 minutes to an hour, covering a total of 463 steps.

Best time to visit Brunelleschi Dome

View of Brunelleschi's Dome
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We recommend scheduling your tour on a weekday for a more tranquil experience, as the Cathedral tends to be less crowded during this time.

Opting for mornings or late evenings also ensures a quieter visit, allowing you to explore in a more serene atmosphere.

Keep in mind that weekends and public holidays typically draw larger crowds to the attraction.

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FAQs about Brunelleschi’s Dome

Here are some questions visitors usually ask before visiting Brunelleschi’s Dome:

How many steps are there on Brunelleschi’s Dome climb?

It’s a steep and narrow climb with 463 steps to reach the top of the Dome.

Is there a security check when I visit Brunelleschi’s Dome?

All visitors are required to undergo airport-style security screening upon entry.

Can I bring a pet to Brunelleschi’s Dome?

Please note that pets and luggage bags are not permitted inside the premises.

What should I wear for a tour of Brunelleschi’s Dome?

Kindly take note that wearing shorts, short skirts, and sleeveless shirts is not allowed.

Are there any restrictions on what I can bring to Brunelleschi’s Dome?

Visitors are prohibited from bringing any sharp objects, lighters, alcohol, or knives to the Cathedral.

Should I carry an ID card when I visit Brunelleschi’s Dome?

It is required for every guest to present a form of identification upon arrival.

For foreign guests, it is necessary to provide passport and visa information during check-in.

Is the Brunelleschi’s Dome climb suitable for people with limited mobility?

The climb to Brunelleschi’s Dome may not be suitable for individuals who have mobility impairments or use a wheelchair.

Who painted the Duomo of Florence?

The painting inside the Dome was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1572, but Federico Zuccari completed it after Vasari’s death.

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