Meet your private guide in the heart of Florence city centre and get ready for a captivating immersion into stunning works of art and marvellous monuments, surrounded by the evocative Christmas atmosphere. The Opera del Duomo Museum is home to an immense collection of 750 sublime works of art created over the centuries to decorate both the inside and outside of the Cathedral, Baptistery and Bell Tower, all housed today in an enormous, brand new, breathtaking setting.
A thrilling experience awaits as you gaze upon the works of Michelangelo, Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Luca della Robbia, Andrea Pisano, Antonio Pollaiuolo, Andrea Verrocchio, Arnolfo di Cambio, Ghirlandaio and many others.
You will be completely astonished by the Sala dell’Antica Facciata, an impressive 1:1 scale reproduction of Piazza del Duomo as it was in the 1300s. You will discover then, two of the Museum's most important masterpieces: 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.
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 and the spectacular Matroneo (Women’s Gallery). The outer façade is covered in Carrara and Prato marble and is enriched with the beautiful bronze doors, including a copy of the two known as Gates of Paradise.
A short walking tour, through the heart of Florence city center, adorned with shining Christmas lights and decorations will lead you to the exhibition “The Cinquecento in Florence”, held inside Palazzo Strozzi and celebrating the art of the 16th century in Florence. The exhibition showcases over seventy works of painting and sculpture, seventeen of which have been restored for the occasion. At the end of the visit, your personal guide will escort you to an elegant bar where you can enjoy a delicious aperitif.