The erstwhile cathedral of Florence, most famous for its dome and (if you don't have the time to go in) it's 10 panelled Doors to Paradise.

Know Before You Go

The two highlights are the ceiling dome and the 10 panels of the Doors to Paradise which are truly spectacular. It is worth taking some time to explore the intricately detailed exterior which is a sight to behold.
It gets busy so arrive early if you can to see the best of the Baptistery.
A combination ticket is available to purchase at the information centre in the square.
Older children with an interest in art history will enjoy the experience.

The Baptistery of San Giovanni is one of the most important religious buildings in Florence. It was dedicated to John the Baptist and every year they hold a celebration on 24th June. It was raised on the foundations of a Roman building, the structure is Tuscan Romanesque style. In the 11th century it also acted as the Cathedral for the city of Florence.Visitors from all over the world today come to see the famous 12th century mosaic dome and 10 panels of the Door of Paradise.


As this was one of the main religious structures in Florence, it is worth visiting to gain an insight into how important this Baptistery was at one time. The Baptistery contains the mosaic dome showing the Angel Hierarchies and scenes from Genesis and the Life of St. John the Baptist. The baptistery also contains the tomb of the Anti-Pope John XXIII who died in Florence in 1419.

Key Highlights

As this was one of the main religious structures in Florence, it is worth visiting to gain an insight into how important this Baptistery was at one time. The Baptistery contains the mosaic dome showing the Angel Hierarchies and scenes from Genesis and the Life of St. John the Baptist. The baptistery also contains the tomb of the Anti-Pope John XXIII who died in Florence in 1419.

Map : The Baptistery of St. John

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