On the exterior of Baptistery and Duomo statues and reliefs proclaimed the collective faith of Florence, but inside the buildings other works spoke of individual piety. Among these were the images shown in this room: Donatello’s Penitent Saint Mary Magdalene and paintings and sculptures representing saints, in some of which the donors appear as well, in attitudes of prayer.
Two adjacent rooms similarly evoke the world of private piety: an octagonal chapel containing relics once in the Baptistery and Duomo, visible in their precious reliquaries, and, beyond Donatello’s Magdalene, a spacious hall with the Pietà that the seventy-year-old Michelangelo carved for his own tomb.
The ticket allows the holder to visit all the monuments within 72 hours of visiting the first one. Each monument may be visited only once with the ticket.
Reservations mandatory for the climb on the Dome. The service is free.