Explore one of the world's great museums from home, and discover extraordinary works by Michelangelo, Donatello and more!
duration 1.5 hours
Discover one of the most beautiful but under-appreciated museums in Florence on our virtual tour! Designed to provide a safe home for some of the most precious artworks commissioned for the Florence Duomo over the centuries, the recently renovated space covers over 64,000 square feet and boasts over 750 works of art, including sculptures by Michelangelo and Donatello. Amongst the highlights of the collection we’ll be examining is a full-scale reconstruction of the Duomo’s façade as it appeared to visitors in the 16th century. Looking at the old façade coming back to life is truly like taking a journey back in time! Here too are Lorenzo Ghiberti's original doors for Florence’s Baptistery, the so-called Gates of Paradise. We will be able to look at all the details of these amazing gilt bronze doors, key works in the evolution of Renaissance art in Florence. We’ll also be taking a close look at Donatello’s extraordinary Mary Magdalene, a 15th-century masterpiece of expression with few equals. No less spectacular is Michelangelo’s unique “Pietà Bandini” - one of master’s final works, and perhaps his most personal. Few museums in the world pack in as many masterpieces as the fascinating Museo del Opera del Duomo - discover it in the expert company of local guide Costanza today!
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Hello! My name is Costanza. I’m a native Florentine with a true passion for my hometown. I have a Master’s Degree in Art History and love to talk, becoming a tour guide was a natural consequence!! The best part of my job is when I hear a client say “If it wasn’t for you I would have never seen this detail /discovered this place” I treat my clients as my personal guests and try to customize each visit according to their personal interests and curiosities. I can’t wait to see you in Florence!
The world of travel might be on hold right now, but just because we're all staying at home to help the world overcome a common enemy doesn't mean we have to put our wanderlust on the back burner. Frustrated with not being able to get our travel fix, we decided to transform our award-winning tours into immersive virtual experiences, meaning you can still explore Italy’s spectacular archaeological sites and jaw-dropping museums from the comfort of your own home.
* Please note that the booking times are in US Eastern Standard Time and Rome, Italy CET is 6 hours ahead *
Fun and informative, our virtual tours take the form of online real-time presentations led by our expert guides. Combining videos, high-definition photos and more, our guides will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you on these interactive walkthroughs of Italy’s most fascinating sites. The live format of our virtual tours means you’ll be able to ask your guide anything you wish, just like on a normal tour. We really believe it's the next best thing to being here!
As a sign of our gratitude to those who are on the front line fighting the Coronavirus, we would be more than happy to invite all first responders, health workers and NHS workers to join our Virtual Tours for free. Please message our office staff directly!
Please note that the proceeds from our online tours go directly to our guides, providing them with a valuable lifeline in these tough times for the world of travel. Thank you for your support!
5.0 (4 reviews)
Costanza was a wonderful guide and helped me to understand the background of the museum as well as its prominent pieces. I highly recommend the tour.
This brilliantly conceived, elegantly constructed, and eloquently delivered virtual tour perfectly illuminates an extremely important museum that, despite recent renovations, continues to be overshadowed by its closest neighbors, Florence’s monumental cathedral, baptistery, and bell tower. This illumination matters because, as Costanza so convincingly explains, the duomo complex can only be seen clearly and understood fully in relationship with this museum’s history and architecture, and the stunning artifacts it contains—most memorably, the original restored baptistery doors, a haunting Mary Magdalene by Donatello, and an unfinished pieta by Michelangelo, which the perfectionist and dying artist tried to destroy. Without a hint of pedantry, but with unassuming mastery of Florence’s complex cultural history, and an engaging gift for storytelling, Costanza gracefully guides us through the neighborhood, the museum, and through close encounters with several unforgettable masterpieces. After overlooking this museum on my first visit to Florence, I spent an afternoon there in October 2019, humbled by the artworks and the building’s ambitious design. So, I knew something about what to expect on this virtual tour, which exceeded my expectations by taking me back for a closer and deeper look, and by encouraging me to spend more time in the Museo del Opera del Duomo when next in Florence. This museum is not to be missed. Neither is Costanza’s virtual tour.