Duomo Florence Hours

From Monday to Saturday, Duomo Florence opens at 10.15 am and closes at 3.45 pm.

The Florence Cathedral is closed on Sundays. 

The opening hours of the other attractions in the Duomo complex vary from the Florence Duomo timings.

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Monday to Friday, Brunelleschi’s dome opens at 8.15 am and closes at 6.45 pm. On Saturdays, it closes early, at 4.30 pm. 

On Sundays, the dome is open from 12.45 pm to 4.30 pm.

The Gitto Bell Tower is open from 8.15 am to 6.45 pm daily. 

The St. John Baptistery (or Baptistery of San Giovanni) in the Florence Duomo complex is open from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm throughout the week. 

The Duomo Museum of Florence welcomes visitors daily from 8.30 am to 7 pm. 

The Museum is closed on the first Tuesday of every month. 

On weekdays, the Crypt of Santa Reparta is open from 10.15 am to 4 pm and on Sundays from 1.30 pm to 4 pm.

The opening hours of Duomo Florence and all the attractions in the Piazza are given below:

Duomo Florence10.15 am(Closed on Sun)3.45 pm 
Cathedral domeMon to Fri: 8.15 amSat: 8.15 am Sun: 12.45 pmMon to Fri: 6.45 pmSat: 4.30 pm Sun: 4.30 pm
Gitto’s bell tower8.15 am6.45 pm
Duomo Museum8.30 am7 pm
Baptistery8.30 am7.30 pm
Crypt of Santa Reparta10.15 am(Sun: 1.30 pm)4 pm

Tourists should also note that the Cathedral might be closed for tours during religious and national holidays. 

These days include: 

  • January 1
  • Epiphany 
  • Holy week
  • August 15 (Ferragosto) 
  • September 8 (Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary) 
  • November 1
  • Monday and Tuesday of the first week of Advent 
  • Christmas 
  • December 26
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How Long Does It Take to Tour Florence Cathedral

Tourists who want to visit only the Florence Cathedral spend 45 minutes touring the Duomo.  

A guided tour of the Florence Duomo takes 30 minutes. 

If you buy the dome climb ticket and plan to visit the dome, you need an additional 1 to 1.5 hours to climb the dome. 

You need 15 to 30 minutes to tour the Santa Reparta Crypt beneath the Cathedral. 

Other attractions in the Duomo complex each need 30 minutes to 1 hour to explore based on the crowd. 

If you wish to explore the cathedral in detail or take guided tours, we suggest you allot more time. 

Here is a list on time required to visit each attraction in the Duomo Complex

AttractionTime required
Duomo Cathedral 45 minutes
Dome climb1 to 1.5 hours
Santa Reparta Crypt 15 to 30 minutes
Baptistery 30 minutes to 1 hour
Gitto’s Bell Tower30 minutes to 1 hour
Duomo Museum30 minutes to 1 hour

How to Visit Florence Cathedral in One Day 

With the complete Duomo Florence access ticket, you can get entry to all the attractions in the Piazza.

After touring the Cathedral and the dome, the ticket holders have a 72 hours pass to visit the rest of the attractions. 

It might be tiring to tour all the Duomo attractions in one day. 

However, if you wish to tour the complex in one day, you need to plan your visit based on the opening hours of the attractions. 

Here is a one-day itinerary to tour Duomo Florence.

10 am: Arrive at the Duomo Florence Cathedral 15 minutes before the opening hours.

There will be a long queue before the entrance but do not worry. 

With the complete Duomo complex ticket, your guide will help you skip the lines and take you through the VIP queue. 

10.15 am: Climb the Duomo Cathedral dome first to escape the crowds.

As the cathedral opens at 10.15 am, it gets very crowded. 

However, the Dome is less crowded during the initial Florence Duomo opening hours and later gets crowded as the visitors move upstairs. 

With this ticket’s skip-the-line dome climb feature, you will be the first to enter the dome during this time slot. 

Enjoy the dome climb, the Lasy Judgement Frescos and a fantastic view of Florence from the rooftop. 

11.30 am: Tour the Cathedral interior.

After the dome climb, get down to tour the interior of the Florence Duomo Cathedral. 

By this time, the crowd moves to the dome and you can enjoy a less crowded tour. 

1 pm:  Visit Santa Reparta Crypt 

The Santa Reparta Crypt is right beneath the Florence Cathedral and is easy to access after touring the Cathedral.

1.30 pm: Take a break 

Take a small break or grab lunch at the restaurants near Duomo Florence. 

Refresh and beat the fatigue as you enjoy the beautiful views of the dome from the restaurants. 

2 pm: Tour the Duomo Museum

3 pm: Baptistery of San Giovanni

4 pm: Climb Gitto’s Bell Tower 

Climb the Cathedral bell tower and enjoy views of the Cathedral, Dome and the city during sunset. 

Best Time to Visit Duomo Florence

The best time to visit the Florence Cathedral during the day is at 10.15 am as soon as it opens. 

The lighting inside the Cathedral in the morning offers the best ambiance to witness its intricate details. 

However, if you are visiting during peak tourist season, the cathedral will be crowded at this time.

Ensure you have the Skip the Line guided tour tickets to bypass the crowd and enjoy the VIP entrance. 

Weekdays are the best time to plan your visit to Florence Cathedral.

Also, the Duomo and some of its parts have limited opening hours on the weekends. 

Visiting during the weekdays ensures a crowd-free tour of all parts of the Duomo

The best time of the year to visit Duomo Florence is from April to September. 

During these months, the weather is pleasant throughout the day. 

Pro tip: Plan your visit in early April or late September to escape the crowds of peak tourist season. 

Florence Duomo Mass Timings

The mass timings at Florence Duomo are: 

  • 7.30 am 
  • 9 am and 10.30 am (Gregorian Chants) 
  • 12 pm and 6 pm (with Organ) 

During Sundays and weekdays, the timings of mass are 7.30 am, 8.30 am, 9.30 am and 10.30 am.

The mass is conducted in the Baptistery at 11.30 am and 6 pm on Sundays and holidays.

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FAQs About Duomo Florence Hours

1. What is the Duomo Florence opening time?

The Florence Cathedral opens at 10.15 am and closes at 3.45 pm. 

The Cathedral is closed on Sundays.

2. When is Florence Cathedral closed?

The Cathedral closes at 3.45 pm daily and remains closed on Sundays. 

The dome is closed on Sunday mornings and the museum is closed on the first Tuesday of every month.

The Baptistery and the Bell Tower are open every day.

3. What is the Florence Duomo mass timing?

The mass timings at Florence Duomo are 7.30 am, 9 am and 10.30 am for Gregorian Chants and 12 pm and 6 pm with Organ.

During Sundays and weekdays, the timings of mass are 7.30 am, 8.30 am, 9.30 am and 10.30.

The mass is conducted in the Baptistery at 11.30 am and 6 pm on Sundays and holidays.

4. What time of the day is best to visit Duomo Florence?

The best time of the day to visit Duomo Florence is during the initial opening hours at 10.15 am. 

The morning lighting of the Cathedral gives the best environment to observe the artifacts and fine details.

5. How long is the wait to get into Duomo Florence?

The waiting time to get into Duomo Florence is 20 minutes during regular days and 2 hours during weekends, Sundays and peak summer/tourist days. 

To avoid waiting, you can book your skip-the-line guided tour online and enjoy uninterrupted access.

6. What is the best time to visit Duomo Florence to avoid crowds?

January to  April are the best months to visit Duomo Florence to avoid crowds.

If you visit during the tourist season (April to September), plan your visit during the weekdays.

7. How much time do you need to explore Duomo Florence?

You need two to three hours to explore the Duomo Florence, the dome and the Santa Reparta Crypt.

If you wish to tour other attractions in the complex, they need 30 to 45 minutes each.

8. How long does it take to climb to the top of Duomo Florence?

There are 463 steps to the top and it might take 30 to 45 minutes to climb based on your pace. 

It takes 1.5 hours to 2 hours to climb the dome, tour and get back to the Cathedral. 

9. Can I visit Duomo Florence at night?

The Duomo Florence closes at 3.45 pm. It is not open during the night. 

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