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Florence Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni) Tours

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Florence Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni)
Situated just west of the Duomo Cathedral, the Florence 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.
Address: Piazza San Giovanni, Florence 50125, Italy
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Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

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Check off the best bits of Italy’s Renaissance capital on this comprehensive 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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VIP Private Tour Florence Cathedral Dome & Monuments

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Florence’s cathedral is the city’s crown jewel and most iconic monument, but its sprawling size and long lines can be discouraging. With this VIP tour, zip past the crowds at the entrance and enjoy an in-depth look at this vast complex. Visit the duomo from its soaring dome to its ancient crypt, admire the view from Giotto’s bell tower, marvel at the richly decorated baptistery, and tour the renovated museum.
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The Duomo Complex Private Tour

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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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Skip-the-Line to Uffizi & Accademia with Michelangelo's David - Small Group Tour

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Make the most of your time in Florence with this combination tour covering all of the city’s iconic sights in one half day. Skip the line at the Accademia Gallery to marvel at Michelangelo’s 'David'; gaze up in wonder at the great red dome of Florence's Duomo from the outside; and explore the streets of the historic city center with insights from an expert guide. Then, skip another line to end the day with a visit of the immense Uffizi Gallery.
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Group or Private Florence Skip the Line David & Accademia with Optional Duomo

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Experience the Tuscan capital's top attractions on a small-group 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 see the lovely exterior of 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 or Private Florence Day Tour with David, Duomo & Uffizi

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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 on 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 20 people.
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Private Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

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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 Oltrarno 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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Private Tour: Florence Walking Tour

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Stroll through the heart of the Renaissance on this private walking tour of Florence. Explore central squares like the Piazza della Signoria and Piazza del Duomo, and stroll with your guide over the iconic Ponte Vecchio while learning about the history and culture of the Florentines. Since your tour is private, it can be customized to your particular interests in architecture, art, sculpture and more.
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La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa

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See Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa while in port in La Spezia on this full-day, independent excursion. Head first to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, with a private driver and explore the Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace or other top attractions at your leisure. Afterward, travel to Pisa to see the Piazza dei Miracoli and snap some pictures with the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Upgrade your ticket to include guided tours in both cities, as well as skip-the-line tickets to the Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia in Florence.
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David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb

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Florence Duomo Monumental Complex Guided Tour

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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.
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Discover the best of Florence’s Renaissance architecture and artistic masterpieces all in one day on this private tour that’s perfect for first-time visitors. Learn the history behind the sculptures, fountains, and palaces of the city’s grand squares, step inside gleaming churches, stroll through the medieval streets where Dante once lived, and admire the spectacular monuments of the Duomo Complex. Then, get an up-close look at some of the world's most iconic paintings and sculptures with included entrance to the Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery.
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Florence is home to some of the world’s most important monuments and museums, but the entry queues can be long. Ideal for visitors short on time, this combo tour includes admission fees plus skip-the-line entry to Florence Cathedral and the Uffizi Gallery. Follow your guide on a walking tour, discover medieval artworks and priceless statues including David by Michelangelo, and see the best of Florence in one day.
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BE THE FIRST: Early Bird Florence Walking Tour & Accademia Gallery (David)

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Florence Wonders morning Walking Tour with Uffizi and Accademia skip-the-line

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In just half day you can admire the highlights of Florence’s old town along with the must-see art masterpieces of all time held in the greatest Museums of the city, Accademia and Uffizi Galleries.
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Private All-inclusive Heart of Florence Walking Tour with Accademia and Uffizi

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Dive deep into the historical highlights of Florence on a 4.5-hour private sightseeing tour. Expedited skip-the-line entrance to the Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery allows you to spend less time waiting around and more time with Michelangelo's "David" and Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus". Ask questions and listen to live commentary as your tour continues in the city center, with pauses at the Duomo Complex, Piazza della Signoria, and more.
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Skip-the-line Florence City Tour with Accademia & David - Private Tour

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Visit the most popular museum in Florence without waiting in line for a ticket. This 2.5-hour private walking tour includes admission to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's David statue and other works of art. Then stroll the city with your guide and learn more about its Italian Renaissance history. You’ll visit public squares and view landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio and Duomo.
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The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales

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This tour is the best walking tour that you can ever have in Florence. It is a great introduction to the city for both first-timers as well as returners. It covers the main attractions of the city and also the hidden gems that are well and truly "off the beaten track" and gives you facts you wouldn't know or notice walking around by yourself. While you'll be led through the city you will be even accompanied through three centuries full of thrilling stories about the Medici family who influenced Florence’s history; little by little the Renaissance will become alive in front of you. You will not be involved in a boring, neutral lecture, but in a pleasant stroll through the center of Florence, in a friendly and easy-going atmosphere. This tour, except the small commission for TripAdvisor, is based on donations. This means that if you like the tour you can leave a tip (some people give 10€, some people give 50€, you choose the price) to reward the guide.
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Brunelleschi’s Dome Climb: Direct access at fixed times

Brunelleschi’s Dome Climb: Direct access at fixed times

Enjoy a privileged access to the fascinating Opera del Duomo Museum, that hosts the largest concentration of Florentine monumental sculptures in the world: it includes medieval and Renaissance artworks by the leading artists of the era, over 750 works of art covering 720 years of history. You will get to admire the Michelangelo’s Pietà, and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise! Before parting ways with your guide, receive the tickets to admire the world-famous Brunelleschi’s Dome, the entrance is set at 11am! Start climbing the 463 steps to the top of the dome, at your own pace. On your way up, observe the magnificent “Last Judgement” fresco by Giorgio Vasari that decorates the walls of the Cupola very closely. Once on top remain speechless while admiring the incomparable panoramic views over Florence... Don’t miss this opportunity, only a limited number of people per day can climb to the Dome! Use your 72-hour valid ticket to explore the other parts of the wonderful Duomo monumental complex!
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Florence Dome and Dome Monuments: a full guided experience!

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Explore the crown jewel of Florence inside and out on this ultimate Duomo tour including a climb to the top of the cupola for magnificent views of the city and grand cathedral below. Learn the history of Brunelleschi's medieval feat of engineering, and admire the original baptistery "Doors of Paradise" and other Renaissance relics on a guided tour of the Opera del Duomo Museum.
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Florence City Tour, Skip-the-line David & Uffizi Gallery - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Florence City Tour, Skip-the-line David & Uffizi Gallery - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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See the best of Florence’s art and architecture in one day on this combo tour that includes tickets to both of the city’s top museums. See Michelangelo’s famous ‘David' statue and other masterworks at the Accademia Gallery, and skip the long lines to admire paintings by Botticelli, Titian, and others at the world-renowned Uffizi. You’ll also learn the remarkable history of landmarks like the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio bridge, all in a semi-private group limited to just seven people.
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Skip the line Florence Dome Baptistery and Museum private tour

Skip the line Florence Dome Baptistery and Museum private tour

Get a personalized introduction to Florence’s grandest monument on a private, skip-the-line tour of the Duomo complex. Avoid the long entrance line with a guaranteed ticket to climb Brunelleschi's famous dome that caps Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Learn about the dome’s remarkable construction and see original art by Michelangelo and others at the Museum of the Opera del Duomo next door. Later, you can also climb the bell tower on your own for more panoramic views across the city.
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  • 3 hours
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Welcome to Florence Guided Walking Tour

Welcome to Florence Guided Walking Tour

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Enjoy an introduction to Florence on a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. During this 90-minute stroll through the Renaissance city, learn about its famous art, architecture and history as you see sights like Ponte Vecchio and Florence Cathedral, aka the Duomo.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Heart of Florence Walking Tour

Heart of Florence Walking Tour

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Experience some of the most well-known spots in Florence on this walking tour. Explore Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and Palazzo Vecchio. On your way, see the replica statue of Michelangelo’s 'David,' religious sites such as the Baptistery of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni) and Orsanmichele, and beautiful architecture from buildings such as the Loggia del Bigallo and Loggia dei Lanzi.
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