Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore

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Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore

Overview

IMPORTANT: WARNING! Access WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to those who present themselves without the CONFIRMATION VOUCHER sent by us one business day after the request. The copy of the order and confirmation of payment from the bank ARE NOT VALID for ticket pick-up.

Entrance tickets for the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore.

Attention: the entrance ticket can also be purchased as part of the combo packages: Museo dell'Opera + Giotto's Bell Tower + San Giovanni Baptistery + Crypt + Dome or Museo dell'Opera + Giotto's Bell Tower + San Giovanni Baptistery + Crypt, saving Euro 5.00 on the total of tickets, and a validity of 4 days.

Opening Hours:

9 am - 7:30 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 1,45 pm
Epiphany: 9 am - 1,45 pm
November 1: 9 am - 1,45 pm
December 8: 9 am - 1,45 pm
December 26: 9 am - 1,45 pm

Closure dates:
January 1st, Easter, September 8th, Christmas

Closure without previous notice for masses, concerts and extraordinary events.

First entry: 9:00, last access allowed: 18:00; accessible to disabled people.

Ticket is personal and non transferable.

To collect reserved tickets, client must show the confirmation voucher at the reservations cashier of the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Via della Canonica 1), 15 minutes before the confirmed time on the date of visit.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: After successfully completing a reservation, you will receive two e- mails: the copy of your order (immediately after submitting your order) and the confirmation mail (one working day after). In order to receive them, please make sure you insert your e-mail address correctly and check that your anti-spam filter or antivirus are not blocking mails from our address help@waf.it. Special attention for AOL, Comcast and Sbcglobal.net mailbox users.

PLEASE NOTICE: Confirmed time is not always the same time you requested; museum automatically confirms the closest available time (any time) on the same date if requested time is sold out.

Cancellation policy: refund is due only if the monument remains closed during the whole period of validity of the ticket.

IMPORTANT: BEHAVIOR RULES
The monumental complex of Santa Maria del Fiore is overall a place for the cult and the pray; visitors are asked to respect some simple behavior rules in respect of the place and the persons.The prepurchased tickets DOES NOT guarantee access or stay inside the monuments, if the behavior rules are not respected, especially the dressing code.

  • To use an adequate dressing: it's not allowed entrance with bare legs and shoulders
  • Please be quiet
  • Please turn your mobile phones off
  • Do not eat nor drink
  • Pets are not allowed
  • Works of art must not be touched
  • No smoking
  • Please don't use flash or tripod

Audioguides reservation:

Pick up: Audioguide Desk Duomo di Firenze (Piazza Duomo): from middle March to middle November: 10:00 - 16:00; from middle November to middle March: only holidays and long weekends; on Sunday only in the afternoon.

Closure without previous notice for masses, concerts and extraordinary events.

Available in 5 languages: English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.

Duration: around 2 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

Details

Inaugurated in 1891 on a project by Opera architect Luigi del Moro, renovated after the 1966 flood, and today with a layout dated December 1999, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo must be considered one of the most important church museums in Italy. The present palazzo was built over a previous construction purchased in 1400.

Since the end of the 1800s, there has been an uninterrupted flow to the Museum of all of the works of art which, for reasons of conservation, have been removed from their outdoor location at Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery and the Campanile.
The collection is therefore the most tangible testimony of a typically Florentine tradition of the plastic arts which formed in the various phases of the construction (building) of Santa Maria del Fiore and for centuries evolved.

A typical example is the affair of the first façade which remained in place until 1587 when the Grand Duke, advised by Bernardo Buontalenti as part of new town-planning program, had it demolished to replace it with a more modern project that was to reach its definitive version only in 1871. at her work sites.

This made it impossible to replace the original sculptures which are therefore still in the Museum. In the present ground floor layout, we thus find the originals of the statues by Arnolfo di Cambio for the first partial façade of the Cathedral, Ghiberti’s now restored original panels for the door of the Baptistery, the room with paintings with gold ground and the Relics Chapel, including the famous Reliquary of St. Paul’s Book. Climbing up the monumental staircase, we encounter the Museum’s jewel: the second of the three Pietas by Michelangelo.

On the second level, the Room of the Cantorias by Luca Della Robbia and Donatello, moved here from inside the Duomo, are among the most significant moments of Renaissance sculpture from both the architectural and sculptural points of view. Here too, we can admire the originals of the statues for the niches of the Campanile.

The adjoining room exhibits the hexagonal and lozenge-shaped panels of Giotto’s Campanile by Andrea Pisano, Alberto Arnoldi, Luca Della Robbia and others. Also part of the Museum collection are sixteenth and seventeenth-century sculptures of the Tuscan school, testimonies of the continuity of interest over the centuries for the realization of Santa Maria del Fiore. The new adjoining rooms exhibit the various wooden models of the cupola and the tools Filippo Brunelleschi used to build it.

Next to the room of the cantorias, we instead find the room of the Duomo’s treasury: liturgical furnishings including a series of reliquaries from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century, a processional cross, perhaps enameled by Luca Della Robbia, and several sixteenth-century hangings embroidered with gold. Donatello’s wooden Magdalene stands out in the middle of the room. The splendid Altar of San Giovanni, a masterpiece of Florentine goldsmithing (1366-1480), realized by artists like Michelozzo, Verrocchio, Antonio del Pollaiolo and Bernardo Cennini, and the Cross by Pollaiolo above it, were both created for the Baptistery.

Very important are the three Antiphonaries and a Gradual with sixteenth-century miniatures; they are four of the 58 codices that survived the 1966 flood. The upper floor is planned to host a learning center for the blind who will be able to follow a privileged route touching the statues; a learning area for children is planned for the future.

This new museum disposition, however, is temporary. A new Museum will indeed be born thanks to the recent acquisition of the adjoining building, the ex Teatro degli Intrepidi, also known to Florentines as the “Downtown Garage,” approximately two thousand square meters of exhibiting space that will serve to organize a more precise learning trail through these “living stones” of Florence.

Custodian and guarantor of these treasures, the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore attends to defending and maintaining the holy complex formed by the Duomo, Baptistery and Campanile, thanks to the work of the marble workers and stonemasons who work in its Bottega.

Prices

Only Full Price Tickets, no reductions available.