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Cupola
 

A masterpiece by Brunelleschi and icon of Florence, the Cupola of S. Maria del Fiore was built from 1418 to 1434. The cupola is 45.5 meters of diameter, the same as that of the entire Baptistery. The Brunelleschi’s astonishing innovation was that of vaulting the cupola without a skeleton by means of using a double vault separated by an air space: the internal one, which was made of herring-bone quoins and also had a structural function, while the external one was only a covering. Over the Cupola rise the Lantern, designed by Brunelleschi but realized after the artist’s death, and the gilded copper ball with cross by Verrocchio.
The internal fresco decoration of Cupola was realized between 1572 and 1579 by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, and bears the same iconographic theme as the Baptistery: the Last Judgment
 
 
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Timetable
ACCESS NOT GUARANTEED. COMPULSORY RESERVATION

From Monday to Friday 8.30–20.00; Saturday 8.30-17.40; Sunday 13.00-16.00.
Closed Jan 1st, Jan 6th, Friday before Easter, Easter, , Aug 15th, Mon-Tue of the 1st week of Advent, Dec 25th.
463 stairs by foot only, no lift.463 stairs.

The last entry is forty minutes before closing time.

In order to make the Cupola reservation it is necessary to collect at first the Firenzecard; go to the Grande museo del Duomo ticket office (piazza S.Giovanni,7); collect the Grande museo del Duomo combined ticket and, at the same ticket office, make the Cupola reservation at the dedicated screen. Please note that, if you have not activated your card yet, the collect of this ticket entails the activation of your Firenzecard and that you have 72 hours from this moment to visit the museums.

The Grande museo del Duomo combined ticket lets you enter: Battistero,Campanile,Cripta di Santa Reparata,Cupola and Grande museo del Duomo.
It can be used within 30 days from its collection; it is valid for 72 hours, starting from the first access through the turnstiles (Cupola included).
 
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