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In the past few months, increased visitor security screening was initiated at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo, in Florence. As with most of the other museums in the city (Uffizi, Bargello, Museum of the Works of the Duomo and many others), visitors are security checked before entering sites.

The result of the increased security at the Duomo in Florence is frustratingly long lines. During a recent visit to the city, in mid-March, the line stretched from the facade entrance all the way along the northern side of the structure and around to the entrance of the Museum of the Works of the Duomo. This was easily a wait of well over an hour before entering.

Security is critical to the protection of historic sites; this is an article to assist visitors in avoiding long waits before visiting this incredible cathedral.

Best recommendation we can make is to go EARLY. If you can be in line at least fifteen minutes prior to the Duomo’s opening, see Hours listed below, you will not have to stand for extended periods of time before entering.

While you do not need a ticket to enter the Duomo, the new combined ticket offered by Il Grande Museo del Duomo includes your admission to the Baptistery, Museum of the Works of the Duomo, Giotto’s Campanile (Bell Tower), Brunelleschi’s Dome (NOTE: Visitors to the Dome MUST reserve a specific entrance time, or will not be admitted) and the Crypt of the Duomo.

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HOURS:

Cathedral 10:00-17:00 details
Dome 08:30-19:00 details
Baptistery 08:15-10:15 / 11:15-19:30 details
Bell Tower 08:15-19:00 details
Crypt 10:00-17:00 details
Museum 09:00-16:30 details

 

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Givovanni d"Ambrogio 15th Century Museum of the Works of the Duomo, Florence

Givovanni d’Ambrogio
15th Century
Museum of the Works of the Duomo, Florence

A recent incident with priceless art in Florence has me considering the easy access the world has to Florentine art.

While comparing his own hand to that of a 15th Century work by the Renaissance sculptor Giovanni d’Ambrogio, a visiting American surgeon broke one of the fingers off Ambrogio’s statue of the Virgin Mary. Tempers flared, threats made, waters calmed and the surgeon is, by this writing, on his way home or already home.

Hmmm . . .

What I have always shared with clients as we travel across Italy is that all of Italy is an open air museum. The temptation to touch a work of art is so strong, and the accessibility of those art works so open in museums, that such temptation proves too much for some.

In the Museum of the Works of the Duomo, only steps from where this American surgeon created such a stir, is Michelangelo’s Nicodemus Pieta, one of the last of the master’s works.

You can walk right up and, if you were so inclined, reach over a short railing and touch the master’s work.

This is not the first such incident with Florence’s art.

In August of 2005, a young Italian man under the substantial influence of alcohol accepted a bet from friends to climb the Fountain of Neptune (Amananti, 16th Century, called “biancone“) in the Piazza della Signoria. As he reached to pull himself up using Neptune’s left hand it came off. Video surveillance captured the incident and eventually the damage was paid for by the guilty party.

The Broken Finger

The Broken Finger

I feel badly for the surgeon that made this error, and at the same time am embarrassed about the incident.

Yes, there are many more important events occurring in our world these days. However, the attention that this incident has garnered underscores the commitment a civilized society places on its art.

Bottom line? When you are in museums anywhere, no less Florence, enjoy . . . but DON’T TOUCH!

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