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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 2 days ago

The Baptistery of San Giovanni is a lovely building. It is covered with marble which matches the duomo and the tower in the piazza. A ticket is required to enter the Baptistery and is worth the price.

Thank kathysellers
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well worth a visit. Lovely in side as well as the exterior. Check if you need a ticket before queueing.

Thank Wizardblue14
Reviewed 3 days ago

To think that such a structure would be built beyond the cathedral is quite interesting. The door is fascinating and a must see. You'll need your Bible to comprehend it all.

Thank Ron B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Go to the Museum del Opera first so that you get a good overview of what the Bapistry is all about and how it fits into the overall scheme of the complex.

Thank texasfoodie2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had time to visit the Duomo complex this time in Siena & the baptistery is beautifully decorated. A must see as is the other parts of the cathedral.

1  Thank paul a
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ghiberti's bronze doors are one of the wonders of the Renaissance, and an absolute MUST SEE when you visit Florence. The originals are in the nearby Bargello Museum, moved there for protection after the terrible flood in the 1960s. A sign of the times to...More

1  Thank Patricia G
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the oldest buildings in the city, built between 1059 and 1128 in Florentine Romanesque style. It is known for its three sets of bronze doors with relief sculptures and its magnificent mosaic ceiling.

1  Thank CostaMan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'd never stopped here on previous visits. My mistake. I watched a pbs show and put it on my list. It was just fantastic. Don't miss a visit. Loved the gold mosaics.

1  Thank sondra62
Reviewed 1 week ago

Get a ticket to enter, and enjoy the history and ceiling fresco's, like no other. Crowd was reasonable. and easy to walk around.

1  Thank David R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the oldest buildings in Florence originating from Roman times. The building is covered in beautiful designs and it is here you will find the wonderful bronze doors depicting old testament scenes.

1  Thank Frances L
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
6 June 2017|
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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!