The ticket is priced at 18 euros. It is good for 72 hours from the time you first use it and allows you to access anything within the complex except the dome (see below). Please keep in mind that THIS IS NOT A "SKIP THE LINE" TICKET! The line can be long, and there is no guarantee that if you skip it today then you'll get through tomorrow when they do sales or some such thing.
In general, the more expensive options are worth it for serious tourists who want to see all the best sights. There are also combo-tickets available which include other attractions like the Bargello or Palazzo Vecchio etc.
The price of the ticket includes entry into the cathedral, its museums, chapels, and libraries. However, visitors will need to purchase additional tickets to enter the dome itself. The price of a ticket depends on how far you wish to climb up inside the cathedral; the higher up you go, the fewer people are allowed in at any one time so there's less noise and pressure to hurry along.
The entrance fee is collected by an official guard of honor who wear black uniforms with white shirts and caps. They are located just inside the main door to the left as you enter.
There are two types of tickets: regular and fast track.
A ticket is required for the remaining attractions (Dome, Bell Tower, Crypt, Baptistery, and Museum).
The price includes a guided tour which lasts about an hour. There are also self-guided tours available for 5 euros per person. Children under 10 are free.
To get to the top of the dome, you need to take an elevator to the very top then walk up 292 steps. The view from the top is breathtaking!
You can also choose to climb the bell tower instead. This costs 3 euros extra and includes a 15-minute wait for your turn to go up the 332 steps. The view from the top is even better than that from the dome.
Finally, you can visit the crypt beneath the cathedral where some of the bones of Saint John the Baptist are kept. Entry is free but there is a charge for photos.
The price listed above does not include the entry fee for the cathedral or the crypt. These fees will be added to your bill separately.
There are several other ways to see all the sights inside the cathedral complex for less money including the combo-ticket mentioned below.
Each ticket is good for 90 minutes and costs EUR 1.50. A ticket for four rides costs EUR 4.70. If you don't have a ticket and don't have the means to obtain one ahead of time, you may sometimes buy one directly from the driver for EUR 2.50. (no change is given, so make sure to hand over the exact amount). Tickets can be purchased at tobacco shops, which will charge you more if you don't have a EU passport.
The best way to get around Florence for tourists is by bus or tram. The city's public transportation system has improved greatly in recent years, with new lines and buses running frequently. Buses are cheap and easy to use. They run regularly in all parts of the city and on all major streets.
Trams are also an affordable option and they offer unique views of the city. There are two main lines in central Florence: linea A and linea B. Both lines start from Piazza della Signoria in the heart of the city and end near the River Arno. However, only linea A passes through the old town center. You can reach this part of the city by boarding any of the tram cars that stop along its route. Linea B runs parallel to linea A but does not go into the old town center. It is useful for visitors who want to get between the train station and the bus terminal or vice versa.
The cathedral itself is free to enter, however there is usually a line, and in the summer, the wait can be hours long. Tickets are available at the entrance of each site or online before your visit.
The price of the combo-ticket depends on which attraction you want to see first. If you decide on the last one, it will cost you 14€. Children under 18 years old go for free.
There are several options to avoid waiting in line at the Duomo: check out our Duomo ticket confirmation page for information about guided tours and audio guides that can help you skip the lines at some sites. You can also book a spot on the "Ora di San Giovanni" prayer chain, which allows you to jump the queue at any time during its operation (from 6am to 9pm daily in high season).
If you plan to visit multiple churches in Milan, consider buying the "Città del Santuario" card. It gives you access to all churches included on the card group and is valid for 72 hours from the date of purchase. The card costs 140€ and can be bought at many tourist information points across Milan.