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Tour code: 3092BRUNESCHELLI
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. Visit the magnificent cathedral and then follow your guide to the terraces for an exclusive close-up view of the dome. 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 Baptistery a most beautiful building dedicated to Saint John that used to baptized Florentine citizens.

Highlights

  • 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, take a trip to the Baptistery a most beautiful building dedicated to Saint John that used to baptized Florentine citizens. Your tour will conclude in the museum.

Customer Reviews

Ronald y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

amazing experience walking up the 400 steps was quite hard but views brill

Deirdre W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Is one of those things you have to do if you are in Florence, definitely Yes!

Jennifer K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Loved this tour! Seeing Florence from the top of the Duomo was breathtaking! The stair climb was fun, although there were some very tight spots! Especially with other tours coming down while we were going up. But to see the dome fresco so close up was well worth the climb.

William M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Outstanding tour, wonderful views, and excellent tour guide!

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

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