Battistero di San Giovanni
Battistero di San Giovanni
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A beautiful building best known for its elaborately sculpted doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
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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 as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,204 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Baptistry - refurbishment ongoing
    Included in part of the passes you can attain, recommend the Brunelleschi Pass, this is an old baptistry, but with refurbishment ongoing and scaffolding in place it's just a 10 minute stop. Wasn't much to see or read about. Maybe better if visited with a guide. Otherwise, it's not a big site after one walk around the interior you're all set.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Ken T
    Glen Oaks, New York902 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just amazing
    You will have a wonderful time gazing at the golden ceilings and walls. Worth touring this building which is nice inside and out. There are lots of people in and around it. The doors are very famous with the Old Testament stories depicted on the panels.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 September 2023
  • E Curb N
    Monkey Mia, Australia109 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    All that glitters is not original
    Didn’t time-manage well enough in Firenze to get past the doors of the Battistero di San Giovanni, but what doors they are! Ghiberti's gold-drenched "Gates of Paradise". The immediate excitement of seeing them at point-blank was somewhat diminished by discovering they are not the originals (understandably you couldn’t have such priceless, high art originals in such an open access location to the public). Copies on the baptistery doors they may be but still a marvel to behold after checking out the nearby Duomo.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
  • Ali921
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,475 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Completes the visit to the Cathedral Piazza
    You cannot visit the Piazza del Duomo without also going into the Baptistry. So this visit completes the set. Make sure you go into the museum to see the original Baptistry doors up close - stunning beyond words
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 October 2023
  • Herbert C
    1,508 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step into the oldest building in Florence
    Completed in the 12th century, the Florence Baptistery is believed to be the oldest building in Florence. Centrally located in Piazza del Duomo across from the Florence Cathedral and Giotto's Campanile, you will not miss this imposing octagonal building built in Florentine Romanesque style and coated majestically in green and white marble. It forms part of the monumental complex of Santa Maria del Fiore, and purchase of any of the monument passes will allow access to the baptistery. Be sure to watch out for the following renowned features of the baptistery: (i) its 3 sets of bronze doors, the most important being the replica of the Gates of Paradise, which features 10 bas-relief panels depicting several Old Testament scenes; (ii) the dome's incredibly complex Byzantine mosaic dating back to the 13th century; and (iii) monumental tomb of Antipope John XXIII.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 February 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Battistero di San Giovaanni, better known at the Baptistry, is one of the most amazing structures in Florence. Apart from the retangular Dome and the mosaics, it is best known for the baptistry doors, which are a miracle of artistic metalwork. The original doors are held elswhere, but the replicas are equally specacular. The Baptistry is one of the highlights of early Renaisance Florence, when architecture was dedicated to the glory of God.
Written 23 February 2020
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Martin Carroll
Winchester, VA614 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
The Bapistry at the Florence Duomo has so much history, I would like to narrow my focus to the "East doors" of the Bapistry. The doors were made by Lorenzo Ghiberti who won a contest to make the doors. The doors were so beautiful that they were referred to as the "Gates of Paradise".

In 1990, the original gates were removed and placed in the Duomo Museum ( " Musso dell'Opera del Duomo.) A replica of the "East Doors" replaced the originals of the "East Doors".

Remember, try to get all needed tickets especially for museums on line to save waiting in the ticket line.
Written 22 May 2021
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,340 contributions
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Jan 2020
The octagonal Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery of St. John) is one of the oldest buildings in Florence. It is located opposite the Duomo Cathedral (full name Santa Maria del Fiore) and Giotto's bell tower. This fascinating structure, combining faith, history and art, delights us with its harmony in accordance with the Duomo and Giotto's tower. It was built between the 11th and 12th centuries, and it was there until the end of the 19th century that all Florentine Catholics were baptized, like Dante Alighieri, and many famous Renaissance figures, including members of the Medici family. According to the style of construction it belongs to Florentine Romanesque architecture. Of her beauties, we would single out three front doors that show a biblical theme - the south door was made by Andrea Pisano, north and east by Lorenzo Ghiberti. For the east door Michelangelo used the term "Gate of Paradise". There is a copy today, while the original is kept in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. The gates of Paradise consist of 10 fields, depicting the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, as Moses receives the 10 Commandments of God, until the fall of the city of Jericho and the battle with the Philistines. The interior of the Baptistery is richly decorated, the ceiling is decorated with a beautiful mosaic of gold, one part of which depicts the Last Judgment, which had a great influence on Dante when writing his Divine Comedy.
Written 3 July 2020
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jmichel01
Myrtle Beach, SC422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Just when you think you have seen it all in Florence, you reach the Battistero Just the doors (gates of paradise) are a must see. Golden doors with intricate art forms telling a story. So amazing that it's hard to push through the crowds to see it!
Written 15 February 2020
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,204 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Included in part of the passes you can attain, recommend the Brunelleschi Pass, this is an old baptistry, but with refurbishment ongoing and scaffolding in place it's just a 10 minute stop. Wasn't much to see or read about. Maybe better if visited with a guide. Otherwise, it's not a big site after one walk around the interior you're all set.
Written 11 September 2023
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad6,373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Solo
The architecture of this building is built as an honour to God. This batistry church has special doors for different class of people. It is located in the main and most beautiful square downtown Florence and sits next to Duomo cathedral. This Baptistry is a site to behold. Another wow factor in Florence. I was really impressed by the intricate design of it
It's not easily missed ..you see the Duomo and you see this Baptistry.
Written 15 June 2020
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Herbert C
1,508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Completed in the 12th century, the Florence Baptistery is believed to be the oldest building in Florence. Centrally located in Piazza del Duomo across from the Florence Cathedral and Giotto's Campanile, you will not miss this imposing octagonal building built in Florentine Romanesque style and coated majestically in green and white marble. It forms part of the monumental complex of Santa Maria del Fiore, and purchase of any of the monument passes will allow access to the baptistery. Be sure to watch out for the following renowned features of the baptistery:
(i) its 3 sets of bronze doors, the most important being the replica of the Gates of Paradise, which features 10 bas-relief panels depicting several Old Testament scenes;
(ii) the dome's incredibly complex Byzantine mosaic dating back to the 13th century; and
(iii) monumental tomb of Antipope John XXIII.
Written 22 February 2024
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,470 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Hard to judge this one for us. We got in here as part of our combination ticket (from the official website) to climb the Cupola del Brunelleschi and the Campanile di Giotto. The best part of this building is the ceiling and when we were there it was mostly covered by scaffolding and nets. Of course, we appreciate the fact that they are keeping these fantastic monuments restored. That doesn’t mean it’s not a little disappointing to be unable to see the best part. Other than the ceiling, this is pretty basic. I’m not sure if it’s a place to visit on its own by just buying a ticket here. Hopefully you’re pairing it with other parts of the package ticket options and making a quick stop.
Written 18 July 2023
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Jo_and_Tom
Anna, OH1,943 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This place is very special and interior I think is more beautful than Duomo. No worshipper could go into the Duomo without being baptised whether a child or an adult. This Duomo has (4 doors). The door used would be dependent on your Social and Economic status. The line to get in may take time for que. We were there March 7 & 8th and no crowds due to virus
Written 8 April 2020
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
You cannot visit the Piazza del Duomo without also going into the Baptistry. So this visit completes the set. Make sure you go into the museum to see the original Baptistry doors up close - stunning beyond words
Written 26 October 2023
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