A dress code for the Duomo – Florence!
If you are coming to Florence, don’t miss the chance to visit one of the jewels of the city: the Duomo! Duomo is the Italian word for “cathedral” and it’s the main church in the city! Well-known all over the world, the Duomo complex has always fascinated whoever passes in front of it, and the scenery from the top will take your breath away. It is absolutely worth including it in your to-do-list in Florence!
Be advised, that as a catholic church, you can’t enter the Duomo of Florence if your attire is inappropriate and that there’s a Dress Code that must be followed, so read on to get ready for this tour.
Being a symbol of Christianity, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore requires a dress code as a sign of respect and dignity for a holy place, just like in the Mosque where you have take off your shoes. To help you get ready for your visit to the Duomo of Florence here is a list of what is considered inappropriate:
- bare shoulder attire, no singlets, spaghetti straps, tank tops, tubes etc.
- bare back or plunging necklines attire
- Shorts or Short skirts that leave your legs naked from thight down
- Caps, men and women alike are required to remove their hats while in the church
- Sunglasses, please take them off when inside the cathedral
- Sandals, please refrain from using open sandals and flip flops
What’s appropriate? Go for: blouse with sleeves, collared shirt, t-shirt, polo shirt, knee-length dress, long gown dress with sleeves, knee-length skirts, leggings, jeans, slacked pants, which will let you enter easily and enjoy your visit. If you’re visiting during summer, don’t worry for the heat: you can use a shawl or sweater to cover your shoulders or legs just as long as you are inside the cathedral (you can take them off to climb the 463 steps to the top of the Cupola or the 414 steps of the belltower). When choosing the proper shoes, pick running sneakers or similar comfortable one, that will accompany you all the way to the top!
As of 2018, the Duomo included also security checks at each and every entrance of the Duomo complex (cathedral, baptistery, cupola, belltower, museum) so try to avoid carrying with you big bags, backpacks and objects that might be considered hazardous and that could prevent you from going inside.
Don’t get stopped by these restrictions, follow the dress code and get ready for one of the best experiences you will have in Florence. Our local English-speaking guide will tell you some stories about the history of Florence’s Duomo and lead you up to the top, so elude the often 2-hour-long waiting line with our Easy Entrance Brunelleschi’s Dome with Terrace and Baptistery Tour or kill two birds with one stone and see the best of the city through the Skip the Line Duomo Complex Tour plus Segway Tour.