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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

Andy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Marco brought the city to life. Very funny guy too. Highly recommended!

Todd D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing views at the top and the climb wasn and #39;t that bad. It and #39;s 463 steps and my wife was dreading it. However, she made it up just fine. You don and #39;t have to be in good shape to do it, but there and #39;s many very tight spaces. Very memorable tour. Don and #39;t miss the basilica and museum afterwards.

Joan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a terrific experience! The guide, Valentina, was superb. She was knowledgeable and interesting, with a fun personality. She escorted us through the cathedral and the baptistry and climbed with us through layer upon layer of the dome, explaining the history, the architecture, and the art as we went. She helped us take the perfect photos and pointed out landmarks from the top. An excellent tour and tour guide!

catherinerhoff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing! We got to see things that were off limits to general public, we saw the best of the best, our guide was fabulous! Highly knowledgeable guide.

Brittney E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour! We loved our tour guide and seeing the beautiful Duomo. The gelato was great, too! Would highly recommend.

BÜLENT G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent

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!

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