The Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral of Florence, is one of the largest churches in Italy and even the modern era was one of the largest in the world, surpassed in width by the Pantheon. It is one of the masterpieces of Italian Gothic and remains the largest masonry cathedral ever built.
The cathedral of Florence was started in 1296 in Gothic style, in a design by Arnolfo di Cambio and was completed (except the facade) in 1436, with the construction of the magnificent dome of Filippo Brunelleschi.
The exterior of the basilica is covered with polychrome marble panels in various shapes, green and pink with white borders. The cathedral complex includes Giotto's Baptistery and Bell Tower. The three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The construction of Santa Maria del Fiore ended in 1469 with the placement of the copper ball (Verrocchio's work) in the lantern. But the facade was still unfinished and remained until the 19th century.
Entry/Admission - Cupola del Brunelleschi
Entry/Admission - Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
Entry/Admission - Museo della Misericordia di Firenze
1 hour guided tour in small group (maximum 25 people)
Entrance tickets to the Museo della Misericordia in Florence
Priority access to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)
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Stop At: Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Via della Canonica, 1 Piazza del Duomo, 50122, Florence Italy
Inside, the cathedral is immense, but almost naked in its furniture. This sobriety corresponds to the spiritual ideal of medieval Florence and the beginning of the Renaissance, which suggests, in architectural terms, the spirituality of the great reformers of Florentine religious life. The subsequent enrichment of the cathedral, with sumptuous colored marble floors and "temple" niches, belongs to the second moment in the history of the cathedral, under the patronage of the Grand Dukes in the 16th century. The construction of Santa Maria del Fiore was a vast project that lasted about 170 years, one of the greatest architectural works, deeply affected by the political, economic and artistic events in Florence. The most important artists of the century participated in its realization.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Cupola del Brunelleschi, Piazza del Duomo Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, 50122, Florence Italy
The cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is the Duomo of Florence and overlooks Piazza del Duomo. It is the fifth largest church in Europe, after St. Peter's Basilica, St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Seville Cathedral and Milan Cathedral. In fact, it is 153 meters long, while the base of the dome has 92 arms Florentine wide, the equivalent of 54 meters. It has a peculiar plan, composed of a basilica body with three naves welded to an enormous triconca rotunda that supports the immense Brunelleschi Dome, the largest masonry dome ever built.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Museo della Misericordia di Firenze, Piazza del Duomo n. 20, 50122, Florence Italy
The Florence Mercy Museum offers visitors the chance to learn about the history of the charity in Florence from 1244 until today. From assisting prisoners to transporting the sick and wounded in city hospitals, from managing lazarets to allocating dowries to poor young women to marry or enter the convent. The museum's path, which covers about 600 square meters, displays testimonies of almost eight centuries of activity, commissioned works of art, legacies and donations, a tangible sign of the gratitude of the Florentine people towards the institution. It is possible to admire prestigious works by important authors such as Santi di Tito, Benedetto da Maiano, Sano di Pietro, Francesco Ubertini called Bacchiacca, Giovanni Antonio Sogliani, G. Battista Naldini, Giovanmaria Butteri, Owner Doni, Domenico Puligo, Carlo Dolci and also paintings dating from the Caravaggio period - such as "Christ among the eldest" by Dirck Van Baburen and "The return of the prodigal son" by Valentin De Boulogne - and the contemporary era with Piero Annigoni and Elisabeth Chaplin. All the works that the museum preserved with care and love, testifying to the respect for the memory of the benefactors.