Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, Florence

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View some of Florence's most treasured sculptures at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore on the Piazza del Duomo. The extensive collection primarily contains pieces moved from the city's cathedral for restoration and protection. You can view Michelangelo's second "Pieta," a revision of his earlier work. You can also admire sculptures by Donatello and Ghiberti. Guided tours are available in English. Book ahead of time to ensure a spot. Take a look at our Florence tourist route planner to schedule your visit to Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The museum was amazing! I wish every cathedral had a museum of this caliber. It was modern, lots of places to sit and rest. The descriptions were complete and well translated. Don't miss the interacti...  more »
  • Nice big air-conditioned Cathedral really interesting interesting details a wonderful idea
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  • Take time to enter the Museum perfectly complements the visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the ascent to the impressive Brunelleschi Dome, enabling you to better understand the evolution of the construction of this masterpiece of engineering and art, from its earliest stages, with its primitive Gothic façade and all its subsequent amendments up to the present, as well as to closely observe the masterpieces of sculpture that have adorned it, as well as the original reliefs precious the Campanile of Giotto or the 'gates of paradise' of Ghiberti NeoGothic, which today are replaced by replicas to avoid their deterioration. Inside you can see also other essential parts such as the Miguel Ángel 'piety Bandini' or the 'Penitent Magdalene' by Donatello, giving a better idea of the versatility of both artists.
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  • Brunelleschi's death mask and Donatello's Zuccone (Donnie's fave) were the star attractions for us. Great to see the Gothic facade too. The path was a little winding but fun.
  • wonderful museum. you cannot miss it. Check the official website of the museum to buy the "skip the line" ticket to access the museum; the basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore-, Giotto Tower and Batisterium easily.
  • Amazing place to visit with wonderful treasures. Could spend several days examining everything. Staff are helpful, friendly and helm to answer any questions. Don't miss the view of the Duomo from the roof terrace!
  • A modern museum that's worth visiting to escape the summer heat of Florence. Otherwise, worth a 15 min visit with your Duomo all inclusive ticket
  • Another fabulous museum in Florence. Mary Magdalene by Donatello enthralled me as did Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise". Michelangelo and so much more ... a must see.

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