After a momentary pause to catch our breath after climbing the Duomo Dome we stood in line for the Cathedral – and this was some line! We climbed the Dome at 0830 and joined the line for the Cathedral at 0945 for opening at 1000. While in the line street sellers will try and peddle their wares. Things like sarongs and bracelets, the usual items you find in big cities but don’t be intimidated by these people, they weren’t threatening in the slightest.
The line moved pretty fast and within a matter of minutes we passed through the turnstile into the Cathedral – entry of course included on the multi-ticket for €15 (£13.81) easily available online at https://en.grandemuseodelduomo.waf.it/museo_dett.php?idtour=8484 to beat the queues and save you a lot of time. If you do wish to purchase the ticket while in Florence then you can do
from opposite the Duomo Dome entrance at the ticket office set behind the Hotel Duomo.
The cathedral, if i’m honest, wasn’t what I expected. Very plain inside the building itself in comparison to the Dome. On the underside of the Dome roof you will find the amazing ceiling artwork of Georgio Versari. The view from the Cathedral floor is actually better than on the balcony of the Dome as you don’t have to contend with the protective perspex screens.
For a small donation you can light a candle and set it upon a stand which seemed to be many people’s favourite thing to do with a small queue forming. Also there is a beautiful clock at the opposite end to the Dome with incredible mosaic floor underneath to admire. Just to the left of the clock is the entry to the crypt area which was included on our ticket.
The crypts really weren’t all that interesting and a little claustrophobic when busy. A small collection of Roman floors and artifacts dating back to the days of Christ were about as good as it got with tight little walkways over the crypts themselves getting heavily congested with the flow of tourists.
Overall as the Cathedral is included on your ticket you may as well go forth and check it out. Even just for that incredible ceiling or if you are of the Catholic faith you will get far more out of it as a religious experience. For me I can appreciate the beautiful artwork and the history of the place but after the insane detail on the Dome and in the Baptistery the Cathedral was slightly more tame.