Florence Free Concerts Duomo Museum

Free Concerts at The Duomo Museum

The Opera of Santa Maria del Fiore presents the fourth edition (until March 22nd, 2019) of Notes at the Museum. The concerts are held in the spectacular Sala del Paradiso in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Piazza Duomo.

The Board of the Opera del Duomo strives to present unique musical experiences that create a dialogue between works of art and music. They recruit internationally renowned artists, rarely present in normal concert circuits, that have attracted the attention of music lovers for their high artistic quality, variety and peculiarity.

The concerts are free however booking is required and they frequently sell out. You can book the concerts in two ways:
1) in person at the Art and Culture Center (piazza San Giovanni 7, across from the Baptistery near the Swatch Shop) or
2) by filling out the appropriate form on the Opera del Duomo website (available in only Italian)

Online or in person, bookings open from the Thursday of the week preceding the concert date (between 9.00am – 12.00 noon).


Thursday January 17th at 9pm – “Godi, Firençe!” Musica dalle Cantorie di Donatello e Luca della Robbia “Enjoy Florence” Inspired by the chancels (choir) decorated by Donatello and Luca della Robbia in the early 15th century

Thursday February 21st at 9pm – i Fiati, dall’europa al Nuovo Mondo
Wind Instruments from Europe to the New World

Friday March 22nd at 9pm – Mandolini nella Firenze di Fine ottocento
Mandolins at the end of 19th Century Florence

Concert Gallery


The concerts are hosted in the impressive Salone del Paradiso (Paradise) at the Museo Del Duomo

Following ancient tradition, Christians call the area between a baptistery and its related church a Paradiso (“Paradise”), evoking the joy of those who, after receiving baptism, cross that space to participate in the Eucharist for the first time. This was probably the sense in which, as Giorgio Vasari tells us, Michelangelo described the bronze baptistery door facing the Cathedral as “of Paradise”, creating a play on words meant to underline the extraordinary quality of Lorenzo Ghiberti’s masterpiece, worthy of the kingdom of heaven.

The museum’s main hall evokes the city square corresponding to the “Paradise” of Florence, with the Cathedral to the east and the Baptistery to the west. The earliest façade of Santa Maria del Fiore, never completed and finally dismantled in 1587, has been reconstructed here on the basis of a 16th-century drawing, making it possible to place many of the statues carved for it in their original positions opposite the Baptistery doors.

(description take directly from the Museum Website)

Info – Il Grande Museo Del Duomo

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 9, 50122 Firenze FI
Website: https://operaduomo.firenze.it/eventi (event section not available in English)
Tel: (+39) 055 230 2885

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