On October 29, after more than two years of remodeling, the Opera del Duomo
museum reopened its doors. This beautiful museum covers three floors and a breathtaking scenic terrace.
Inside there are over 750 works, including marble, bronze and silver statues and reliefs, with masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo, Donatello, Arnolfo di Cambio, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Andrea Pisano, Antonio del Pollaiolo, Luca della Robbia, and Andrea del Verrocchio.
Engraved in white marble in the first hallway are the names of those that made Florence a city like no other, guiding visitors to discover their masterpieces.
The room where the magnificent great baptistery doors are displayed is quite impressive, and it’s not the only one — equally fascinating is that displaying the original statues for Giotto’s bell tower and Donatello’s incredible works.
Continuing through the museum, we come to Michelangelo’s pietà — a work of such beauty and majesty that no one can remain unmoved before it. This is the Pietà Bandini, which Michelangelo made when he was nearly 80 years old. It was Michelangelo’s reflection on death through a classic theme of religious iconography, which he envisioned as a funerary monument for his own grave.
The room for Brunelleschi’s Dome explains how it was built, with an informational video and many sketches and molds used for the masterpiece.
The museum will be open every day, continuously from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can buy an all-inclusive ticket (€15) to visit the museum, the baptistery, the Duomo and Giotto’s bell tower.