This unique building is one of the oldest in Florence and is renowned for its unusual octagonal shape and carved bronze doors with sculptures above them. The facade is decorated with green and white marble mosaics, making it a great example of Florentine Romanesque architecture.
The origins of the baptistery are still unknown, but it was probably built on the site of a Roman temple dating back to the 4th century AD. Since then, it was enlarged, remodelled and finally consecrated as a baptistery around the 12th century. Numerous notable people were baptised here, including the Medici family.
The interior is decorated with mosaics made of marble and it features many works of art, as well as tombs of important individuals. The tomb of Baldassare Cossa (Antipope John XXIII) was created by Donatello and Michelozzo in the 15th century.
The ticket allows the holder to visit the Cathedral, Cathedral Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower, Baptistry, Crypt and the Opera Museum. It is valid for two days and each monument may be visited only once.
Last admission 30 min before closing.
The opening hours may vary due to extraordinary events, please check the official website prior to your visit.
Single ticket: €18
Reduced (children 6-11): €3
Children under 6: free
The ticket is cumulative and allows access to all the monuments within 48 hours of visiting the first one. The ticket is valid for the Cathedral, Cathedral Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower, Baptistry, Crypt and the Opera Museum.
Official website http://www.museumflorence.com/monuments/3-baptistry
Phone +39 055 230 28 85
Address Piazza di San Giovanni, 50129 Florence, Italy
Coordinates 43°46'23.333" N 11°15'18.15" E