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

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
  • Explore the Cathedral Workshop and see the 15th-century tools used to build the dome

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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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Duomo tour was fabulous. We'll worth paying extra and skipping the line. Highly recommend. Our guide was a wealth of information. Information you just don't get from a book but from her tour guide and life experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This tour, was incredible. First of all, the tour guide was AWESOME. He was super outgoing and really told the stories well of the Duomo being built, as well as getting us to the front of the line to do the tour. (Skipping the line, isn't really a thing in italy, you basically just have someone wait in line for you and cut when they get to the front...slightly awkward) However, this was my favorite tour that we did of Florence. The climb, is not that bad, you take a few stops on the way up to catch your breath. The view is incredible of Florence, 360 degrees, and you are given ample time to take pictures and talk to the guide about what your are looking at. Then he took us to the baptistry, also beautiful. His explanations were clear, concise, eliminating anything uninteresting, and keeping the group together and completely engaged. It was the BEST tour!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND...

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