The Opera del Duomo Museum in Florence is part of the monumental complex of Piazza Duomo, a single large museum that includes the historic, artistic, cultural and religious heritage created for the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. The unmissable monumental complex of Piazza del Duomo consists of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry of San Giovanni, Santa Reparata and of course, the Opera del Duomo museum. The Opera del Duomo museum contains the highest concentration of Florentine monumental sculptures in the world: Mediaeval and Renaissance statues and bas-reliefs in marble, bronze and silver by the greatest artists of the period. It is an area of 6,000 square metres, divided into 28 rooms over three floors, containing over 750 works covering 720 years of history. The most important works contain the original reliefs of the Gates of Paradise by Ghiberti, the Deposition by Michelangelo and one of the world’s largest collections of works by Donatello.
Deaf people can enjoy the full Opera del Duomo museum experience, thanks to the free interactive “MuseoDuomo” app. After opening the application, clicking on “Access to Opera” will open 15 Italian sign language video guides to accompany visitors through the museum. The app contents have been calibrated to the needs of deaf people and deaf people, Italian sign language narrators and experts in the art world were involved throughout the whole design and creation process. A multi-sensory, inclusive logic was applied to the inclusion of visual, video content, graphic reconstruction and images, as well as to audio, with sounds and descriptions synchronised with subtitles and sign language narration.
A visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistry of San Giovanni, the Opera del Duomo museum, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Brunelleschi’s Dome, as well as Santa Reparata, is free of charge for people with disabilities and their carers. Tickets are only available for collection directly from the museum ticket office in Piazza del Duomo 9, after presentation of suitable document or certification as proof.
The Grand Museum of the Duomo has taken all possible steps to make its monuments and exhibition spaces accessible, adding ramps and – where possible – lifts, and offering dedicated, alternative and inclusive services. Wheelchairs are available at the entrance to the Cathedral and the Museum.
In particular, the Opera del Duomo museum is set out on 3 levels, which are all accessible to people with physical difficulties. Lifts are available. The rooms are fitted with benches, there are maps and layout plans available inside the Museum