Single Discounted Ticket to Santa Croce, Baptistery & Cathedral Museum

 

Detail of the facade of Santa Croce

A new cumulative ticket offering discounted overall admission to the complex of Santa Croce, the Florence Baptistery and the Cathedral Museum (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo) is now available to visitors beginning the second week of July, 2021.  The cumulative ticket, at a cost of €15 for all three landmarks, must be reserved online through the Duomo complex website or the Santa Croce website.

Guests now have the chance to pay less to enjoy the beauty and history of Santa Croce, a Franciscan basilica in the Gothic style.  The church contains intricate frescoes painted by Giotto in the 14th century, depicting scenes from the life of St. Francis, Renaissance architecture and decorations of the Pazzi Chapel in addition to the ornate tombs of Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo.

Ditto for the Baptistery: octagonal in shape and consecrated in 1059; its origins dates back to the time of the Romans, having been built on the remains of a pagan temple.  As seen from the entrance, the pavement is of inlaid marble, alternating colors in geometric shapes probably Islamic in inspiration that create a wave-like effect.  Striking are the different levels of Byzantine-style figurative ceiling mosaics.  The huge impassive haloed Christ, crucifixion holes in His hands and feet, is the centerpiece, bringing to mind the mosaic in San Miniato of the same period.  The wall mosaics on the subject of the Last Judgement may have inspired scenes in Dante’s “Divine Comedy.”

The Cathedral museum features a monumental stage set in the form of a four-story life size replica of the original Cathedral façade as it looked before it was torn down in 1586-87.  Forty of the marble statues from the 14th and 15th centuries sculpted for the façade by Arnolfo di Cambio, Donatello, Nanni di Banco and others have been placed in their original positions.  On the opposite side of the room, visitors come face to face with Ghiberti’s monumental bronze doors from the Baptistery. The museum itinerary continues on the ground floor where its works of greatest spiritual significance are located, including Donatello’s Penitent Mary Magdalene (1453-55).