5 star rating: Highly Recommended 95 Reviews

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

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

Skip the entrance lines and climb to the top of Brunelleschi's Dome with an expert guide! Majestically dominating the city skyline, the terracotta dome of Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (or Florence Duomo, as it’s more commonly known) is easily Florence's most iconic attraction. After experiencing this masterpiece of architectural genius, head inside the Cathedral Workshop to learn more about Filippo Brunelleschi, the dome's Renaissance architect.


  • 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

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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

Walk with your guide to Piazza del Duomo and after weaving your way through the throngs of street musicians, artists and tourists who congregate in this eclectic square, head straight inside Florence Duomo with your skip-the-line entrance ticket.

In peak times, the entrance lines can exceed two hours, so by pre-booking your priority entrance tickets, you'll ensure that you’re spending your time inside this incredible building rather than standing in line!

After explaining the history of the Renaissance dome (known as the cupola) your guide will lead the way straight up its impressive 463-step staircase. Taking roughly 45 minutes, the walk up the steps is not for the faint-hearted! Be prepared for a steep and narrow climb – hard work but most definitely worth it. As you ascend through the ‘onion layers’, or two shells, of the dome, pass fascinating frescoes from esteemed Renaissance artists like Vasari and Zuccari.

Once at the top, enjoy simply incomparable views over Florence and the Tuscan hills. Walk around the dome’s balcony to take photos and soak up the sights, while your guide regales you with tales of Filippo Brunellechi, the talented Renaissance architect who created the dome itself.

After spending roughly 30 minutes at the top, start the careful descent back down the stairs. Relax at the bottom, before heading inside the Cathedral Workshop (Museum of Opera del Duomo) to explore with your guide. Hear about the engineering conundrum faced by Brunelleschi -- to create a dome for the 150-foot (45-meter) space without scaffolding or pillars -- and see tools used in the dome’s construction, alongside Gothic and Renaissance sculptures. Your guided tour ends inside the museum.

Please note:
The Cathedral Workshop (Museo of Opera del Duomo) will be closed for restructuring until the end of the 2015. It will be substitute with the visit of the inside of the Cathedral, its terrace and Baptistery.

Customer Reviews

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.

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!

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

From the outside the Duomo is awe-inspiring. The interior is much less so. But from up-close, both inside and outside, the dome is incredible. Even without knowing the creativity required to build the dome, its size, beauty and height are impressive. The 360 steps, often narrow and dark, are not a big problem, as our guide stopped often for rest and photos. We got to go outside to view the dome and Florence from a unique vantage point. Our guide was informative, funny and encouraging. Overall this was a great and inspiring tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The only down side is trying to find Segway HQ to meet the tour guide. It would have been easier to meet at the Duomo.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very informative guide. Great being able to skip the long queues.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Had a really great afternoon, tour guide was very knowledgeable and good fun. Not having to stand in the long queue is worth every penny with the bonus of getting to visit parts of the Duomo that normal tickets do not get to visit.
Would recommend this tour to all :-

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Outstanding guide - informative, watchful of the group and good insightful comments. One of the high points of our trip to Florence. Although the climb was at times very crowded, the guide was experienced and brought a real calmness to the group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

What a brilliant addition to our trip this adventure was. Our tour guide was excellent, delightful and very very knowledgeable, not only about her city, the church as in building and religious practices, the history of this church and the dome but she could also answer some of the more obscure questions asked by the engineers and architects that were in our group. Skipping the queues was a bonus as was getting into some of the lesser frequented parts of the building and finishing up with gelato was a delight. All up a brilliant experience and in my books at least, the ONLY way to see the church and the climb the dome!

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