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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.

bob_mich.bethke

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

A long climb up, but so worth it!

w.huber

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.

susan m

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.

Heather F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

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

Diane G

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 :-

JANICE C

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.

Bron

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!

rmonroeusa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Great tour! Very interesting and informative. Beautiful views from the top! Money well spent!!!!

Susan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Great tour. Great friendly guide.

Sachin United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

I will certainly recommend this tour for all the fitness fanatics. It is certainly not for the weak at heart, but the views from the top of the dome are spectacular. Go for it!!

debsinak

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

LOVED THIS EXPERIENCE! I've been to the top of the dome before without a tour guide and this was definitely worth every penny. No standing in line AT ALL! Our guide took us to parts of the Cathedral that were off-limits without a security escort including a balcony just below the dome where we saw truly unique views of the architecture and the city. It was a highlight of our trip. My teen daughter enjoyed it as much as I did. REMEMBER to cover your shoulders and knees for the first part of this tour! We had to buy shawls at the last minute.

Teresa P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This is a great tour. We had access to portions of the church that weren't open to the general public. Our guide, Cristina, was wonderful.....friendly, funny, and very knowledgeable. The views of Florence from the dome are breathtaking! Book this tour and request Cristina as your guide!

Roberto O USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Excellent tour! Our guide was great and very friendly. She climbed up with us to the top of the duomo. With this tour you skip the full 2 hours entrance line. Once inside the cathedral you go to a closed to the public area where you can admire the inside of the duomo. Highly recommended.

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Very well informed guide great tour

ANDREW K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Very enjoyable. Informative guide, great views - and we even got a free ice-cream at the end !

Christian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

this was a fabulous climb and had great photos-this is the only way to see the duomo as the line to get in was huge! beautiful views, Kristina was a great informative guide. the after event gelato was a real treat!

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