Private Florence Museums Christmas Tour

Holiday & Seasonal Tours in Italy
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Tour description

A thrilling tour to admire stunning works of kept inside world famous museums (Opera del Duomo Museum, St. John's Baptistery and the exhibition “The Cinquecento in Florence” in Palazzo Strozzi), followed by a delicious Italian aperitif!

The “Opera del Duomo Museum” is home to an immense collection of 750 sublime works of art created over the centuries to decorate the monuments making part of the Cathedral complex.Your private tour begins in the great exhibition halls of a former theatre, home to the Sala dell’Antica Facciata, where to find a stunning reproduction of Piazza del Duomo as it was in the 1300s, with the ancient life-sized façade of Santa Maria del Fiore on one side and, on the other, the three original gates of the Baptistery, among which the one called the "Gates of Paradise". On the monumental Gothic façade are 40 magnificent sculptures, all set at their original medieval height!

You will then discover the sublime and deeply moving Pietà del Duomo by Michelangelo - in which the face of Nicodemo who holds Christ is thought to be a self-portrait of the artist - and the heart-rending Penitent Magdalene by Donatello.

You will reach then the amazing Sala della Cupola, home to wooden models of the dome dating to the 1400s and the Lanterna by Filippo Brunelleschi and then the Galleria delle Cantorie, amazing sculptures by Donatello and Luca della Robbia. 

The last stop of the visit is the Gallery of the Silver Altar, home to the Altar of St. John and the Cross, which contains a fragment of the Christ Cross.

The tour proceeds then with the visit to the Baptistery dedicated to St John, the Patron Saint of Florence. The Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in Florence (XI century) and home to the glittering golden mosaics that decorate the dome. The outer façade is enriched with the beautiful bronze doors, including a copy of the two known as Gates of Paradise.

Your visit experience will be further enriched with an unforgettable guided tour of the exhibition “The Cinquecento in Florence” inside Palazzo Strozzi, which celebrates the art of the 16th century in Florence. The exhibition showcases over seventy works of painting and sculpture, seventeen of which have been especially restored for the occasion. 

At the end of the tour, your private guide will be glad to escort you to an elegant bar where you can enjoy a delicious Italian aperitif.

Please note that the order of the visits may change

What's included

  • Private guide for 3 hours approx.
  • Aperitif in an elegant Florentine bar

What's not included

  • Entrance fee to Opera del Duomo Museum, Baptistery and Palazzo Strozzi (to be paid on the spot): Full price: € 14,00; From 6 to 11 years reduced price: € 6,00; Free entrance for children younger than 6.
  • Hotel drop-off not included
  • Aperitif not included for children younger than 12.