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Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero)

Piazza di San Giovanni, Florence, Italy
+39 055 230 2885
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A beautiful building best known for its elaborately sculpted doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
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Piazza di San Giovanni, Florence, Italy
+39 055 230 2885
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

very interesting inside. Go with tour guide to get full History of wall paintings and meanings. No flash photos.

Thank Carolyn M C
Reviewed 26 September 2016

The interior is much better than the Duomo. Very nice presentation. Take a guided tour and see this with the Duomo, the bell tower, crypt and Brunnelloeshi's dome. Cheep, great tours for about 45 euros and you skip all lines. Better than the inside of...More

Thank walter f
Reviewed 26 September 2016

The beautiful carved doors are amazing. It is common in Italy to have a separate building for baptisms apart from the main church. It is quite difficult to get decent pictures due to the large number of tourists so might be best going either early...More

Thank TriciaBishop
Reviewed 24 September 2016

This baptistery was supposed to convey the newly baptised straight across into the Duomo but is more famous for the doors that were designed by Michael Angelo which are extremely intricate and worth seeing.

Thank David T
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Everyone knows the Baptistery for the golden doors which are a world art treasure but, the inside is worth seeing too. The golden mosaic ceiling shows many biblical stories in beautiful detail.

Thank DCali2011
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Bring binoculars. The ceiling is spectacular and an incredible feat to have completed. You need tickets, but there was no line because everyone was in the long lines for climbing the Duomo dome and the Campanile.

Thank caroline p
Reviewed 23 September 2016

A singe ticket gets you into the Duomo, the Baptistery and the Museum of the Duomo. Since this is not such a popular destination, there is not a huge crowd here and you therefore get to see what the Duomo was based on. The original...More

Thank Prepaed
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

You gain access to the Baptistry when you purchase the combo ticket for the Duomo and Campanile. This is worth the price of the ticket alone. It is small, surprisingly quiet given its location and absolutely beautiful. Take time to admire the 13th century ceiling...More

Thank Evets54
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Arguably the 'hidden' gem and with much, much smaller queues then the Duomo, it's tempting to simply marvel at the Baptisterys legendary 'Gates of Paradise' but venture inside and you won't be sorry. This was the very church Dante was christened (you can see the...More

Thank Stacey K
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

I thought that the interior of the baptistery was equally beautiful to its exterior. The ceiling is a wonder. We found a place to sit to enjoy the artwork. It is a little crowded inside. It is a small space and people tend to linger...More

Thank Kim H
Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by
an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city.
The historic center is characterized by the immensity
of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the
brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does
not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni
Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is
enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city
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Sam P
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Response from LouisfromLondon | Reviewed this property |
Disabled access yes, no bathrooms for anyone
2 July 2016|
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Response from MissDawnAnn | Reviewed this property |
Going into the Church part of the Duomo is free (it's a church), but if you want to visit the museum/archeological dig below it, climb the steps, or any of the other sites, you need the ticket. It is worth the money!