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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Skip the Line: Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb

Travel to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, Florence’s most iconic attraction, with this 2.5-hour tour and skip-the-line entrance ticket. Follow your guide up the 463 steps to the cathedral’s cupola and enjoy magnificent views of the city skyline from the balcony at the top. Afterward, take a trip to the Cathedral Workshop to learn more about the dome’s Renaissance architect, Filippo Brunelleschi. 


  • 2.5-hour Florence Duomo tour with a skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • Walk up the 463-step staircase of the cathedral’s cupola (dome) with an expert guide
  • Enjoy the best panoramic views of Florence from the top of Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Learn about Filippo Brunellechi, who created the distinctive orange dome
  • Visit the magnificent Baptistery of Florence
  • Possibility to continue the visit to the Opera del Duomo Museum on your own

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb

Skip the Line: Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb

Meet your guide near Piazza della Signoria and head over to the bustling square of the Duomo. In peak time, the entrance lines to the Florence Duomo can take over two hours, but you’ll enjoy priority access with your skip-the-line ticket and head straight inside.

Hear the fascinating history behind the dome before beginning the ascent up its 463 steps. Expect a steep climb, as the trip can take approximately 45 minutes. As you travel up, admire the frescoes from Renaissance artists like Zuccari and Vasari on the two shells of the dome.

Then, arrive at the top and enjoy the reward for all your hard work! Stroll along the cupola’s balcony to soak up 360-degree views of Florence and the Tuscan hills stretched out below. Your guide will provide insightful background on Filippo Brunelleschi, the architect behind this Renaissance masterpiece.

After a half-hour or so, begin the descent back down and head to the Cathedral Workshop, also known as the Opera del Duomo Museum. Here, you’ll learn more about the complex puzzle Brunelleschi faced when attempting to construct a dome for the 150-foot (45-meter) space without pillars or scaffolding. Check out the tools used during construction as well as Renaissance and Gothic sculptures. After 2.5-hours, your tour will conclude in the museum.

Customer Reviews

Kevin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very worthwhile! Skip the massive line, backstage access, very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Overall, a very good value.

Paul G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Bennedetta was the best guide ever! Super nice and extremely knowledgeable! I would highly recommend this to anyone who is in good physical condition and is NOT claustrophobic in any way. You are climbing 463 steps of carved stones in very narrow stairwells that get smaller the higher you go. If that's not a problem, it's well worth the physical effort when you reach the top and the journey down is nothing.

Elizabeth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Probably the best thing we did in Florence.

Michael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very nice small group of 6 people. Guide very warm and interactive, as well as knowledgeable. Excellent English skills. On the climb up to the top of the dome he made sure we could keep up and kept us together through the crowded places. The gelato at the end was a great touch.

Marion D United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour! We got to go behind the scenes where no one else was allowed! Excellent tour guide!

Edward M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Antonio was absolutely great and very knowledgeable

Warren S T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wow! What a great tour. I did the tour on Sept 12th. The meeting point was easy to find. Only a short 5min walk to the Duomo. Our guide was Vanessa. She was very knowledgable and informative, without giving us too much information. The walk to the top of the Duomo is not easy, but if you're reasonably fit, you will get there. The steps are small and the area is confined. Sometimes you have to wait on the stairs whilst people coming down have to pass. The climb is well worth the effort. A bonus is being able to access the Terrace mid way through the climb. The views over the city are great from the top, and there is plenty of time to take it all in before the decent. The close up views of the paintings inside the Duomo are unforgettable, and the guides help in interpreting them is very helpful. To top it off after the Duomo tour there's a look inside the Baptistry next door. Overall, a great afternoon.

Philip E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We loved this tour and our guide so much. She went over and beyond to relate the history of each location and the art. Ending with gelato was an inspired choice too!

Barbara A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Gabriela was wonderful! Her passion for her town engaged all of s! The tour was well organized and timely. We will remember it forever! We took the time to locate the meeting p,ace ahead of time. Good thing because it was difficult o find.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A long climb up, but so worth it!

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