"Baptistery - a little disappointing" Battistero San Giovanni- Baptistry Tip by Donna_in_India

  Door of the Baptistery of St. Giovanni
by Donna_in_India
  • Door of the Baptistery of St. Giovanni - Florence
      Door of the Baptistery of St. Giovanni
    by Donna_in_India
  • Baptistery of St. Giovanni - Florence
      Baptistery of St. Giovanni
    by Donna_in_India

After waiting days for the entrance lines to be of a reasonable length, we finally made it to the Baptistery of St. Giovanni. The Baptistery is believed to be the oldest building in the city, although there is some controversy about that.

Although the mosaics of the cupola (ceiling) were beautiful, the rest of the Baptistery was very small and plain ? and empty. The most beautiful part of the Baptistery are the three bronze doors on the outside, with the nicest being the Gate of Paradise on the east side of the Baptistey. Stories from the Old Testament including the Creation of Adam and Eve and the Sacrifice of Noah are each enclosed with a frame on the door.

This wouldn't be on my list of must-sees in Florence - especially since you can see the best part - the doors - without entering, but I guess it's one of those sites everyone (including me) will see anyway.

Get here as early as possible to avoid the tour groups and general crowds!

Admission charge.

Monday - Saturday 12:15 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Please note that all visitor information is correct as of this writing.

Address: Piazza del Duomo
Directions: Just to the west of the Duomo.
Phone: +39 055 230 2885
Website: http://www.operaduomo.firenze.it/english/luoghi/battistero.asp

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  • Updated Jul 5, 2009
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