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Giotto's Bell Tower (Campanile di Giotto)
Giotto's Bell Tower (Campanile di Giotto)

Giotto's Bell Tower (Campanile di Giotto)

Piazza del Duomo, Florence, 50125

The Basics

Giotto’s bell tower is part of Florence's Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore complex, which includes the cathedral, baptistery, dome, and crypt. Designed by Giotto in 1334, the Gothic tower is decorated in the same white, green, and pink marble that covers the adjacent Duomo. It’s divided into five distinct tiers decorated with arched windows, sculptural works from statues to bas-reliefs by della Robbia and Pisano, and geometric patterns of different colored stone.

Giotto’s bell tower is one of the most popular attractions in Florence, and booking a Duomo Complex tour that includes skip-the-line entrance to the tower, cathedral, and baptistery is essential to avoid long lines to enter. Many Florence sightseeing walking tours and shore excursions also visit highlights like the Uffizi, Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia), and Piazzale Michelangelo.

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Florence Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, Giotto's Belltower.
Florence Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, Giotto's Belltower.
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$78.44 per adult
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Insightful tour with an expert guide
Insightful tour of the main aspects of the Duomo complex. Our guide was a font of knowledge on the history, architecture and art. When we encountered a queue due to the late opening of the cathedral he provided extra commentary and then went over and above to give us a comprehensive museum experience even though we were out of time. Only slight irritation was that your ticket allows reentry to cathedral so you can see Santa Reparata in your own time, but the same is not true of the museum - you can only enter once. This means we left after the tour and ended up missing the detailed exhibition on the Cupola which we had planned to see in our own time. The Duomo staff in the museum weren't very helpful. You will get much more out of your visit with a guide and the skip the line entry was definitely worth it. The ceiling of the baptistry is absolutely amazing - especially when it's meaning is explained to you.
Daniel_P, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

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Enlightening and Inspiring
Jacob_M, Jun 2022
Top Giotto's Belltower and all museums of Florence Cathedral
An inspiring and informative tour with breathtaking views of Florence in which you will experience art and history as they collide to create one of a kind building.
star-5
Succinct and informative
Passenger21849368241, Jan 2020
Florence Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, Giotto's Belltower.
Excellent, highly knowledgable and personable guide. Excellent overview of essential Florentine historical sites
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Gary_C, Oct 2019
Florence Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, Giotto's Belltower.
Our guide was very proud of her city, she was very knowledgeable of the history and culture of Florence. I would recommend taking the earliest tours, Florence is a city packed with tourists and St Marks is very crowded as the day progresses. Also pay extra for the small group tours, more personal. Take a few extra minutes to see below the Duomo, fascinating.
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Well worth it
John_G, Aug 2019
Florence Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, Giotto's Belltower.
We loved Christian, the guide. Such a wealth of knowledge, so friendly. Obviously there is too much to see in full in a tour this length, but he gave a great selection.
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Edwin_R, Jul 2019
Florence Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, Giotto's Belltower.
Our tour guy was very knowledgeable. We got a lot of information and were able to skip the long lines. I would definitely recommend this tour. My 17 year old daughter really enjoyed it.
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A "Must Do" in Florence
Pescador599, Oct 2019
Florence Baptistery, Cathedral, Duomo Museum, Giotto's Belltower.
Visiting the Duomo and Baptistery is a "must do" in Florence. The small group tour is best because it gets crowded like all Italian attractions. Our tour guide was great and very informative. We were a little disappointed at the inside of the Duomo as it is very sparse compared to other Italian churches. This is understandable given it was a church for the common folks, but the beauty is clearly the outside architecture. The new museum is actually better than inside the Duomo itself. Note: take the stairs up the bell tower (campanile) for pictures of Florence and the Duomo dome. This makes a better picture than standing on the dome looking back at the bell tower. The tour ticket includes a preset reservation for walking up to the dome, which may not fit with your schedule. You have 72 hours to use your tour ticket to walk up the bell tower.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Giotto’s bell tower is a must for first-time visitors to Florence. Kids especially love the exhilarating climb and vertiginous view from the top of the tower.

  • There is a single skip-the-line ticket to enter all five parts of the Duomo complex—church, crypt, dome, bell tower, and baptistery—and the Museo dell'Opera. The ticket is good for 72 hours after the first use.

  • There is a lot of ground to cover in the Duomo complex, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes if taking a guided tour.

  • If you are also planning on visiting the church, choose clothing that covers your shoulders and legs.

  • There is no elevator to the top of the bell tower, so the climb is not recommended for those with heart problems, vertigo, or limited mobility.

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How to Get There

Giotto’s bell tower is in the Piazza del Duomo, just a 5-minute walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station in the historic center of Florence.

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When to Get There

The Duomo complex in Tuscany’s capital city of Florence is one of the most visited attractions in Italy and can be very crowded during the summer months. The best time to tour the bell tower and complex is from November to March, when the city sights are less overrun with tourists.

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The Duomo’s Second Eagle-Eye View

Florence’s Duomo complex offers two sweeping views over Florence: one from the top of Giotto’s bell tower and the second from Brunelleschi’s dome, which sits atop the Duomo itself. An important feat of engineering and architecture, the dome was completed in 1436 and is one of the most recognized symbols of the city today.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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