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Baptistery (Battistero)

The Baptistery of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni), one of the oldest buildings in Florence, is thought to stand on the site of an ancient Roman temple. The octagonal building stands within both the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza di San ... 

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Patricia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

For any Dan Brown fan, this tour is a must. We saw the site of Dante's house and visited the Vecchio Palace which included the Hall of the Five Hundred, Dante's death mask and the map room. The baptistery where Robert Langdon located Dante's death mask in the book was fascinating.At the end of the tour we were issued with tickets to visit the cathedral, bell tower and museum at our leisure over the next 48 hours. The Vasari Corridor and Boboli gardens were not part of this tour but another tour covers these.

Doing what: Dan Brown 'Inferno' Tour of Florence

Michael L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2014

This was a great tour to climb the Florence Duomo, led by a knowledgeable young guide, Angelo. The tour ran with just three people, and I was told it will run with only one person, so according to the guide, no minimum number of persons required. I wanted to take a tour to give myself that extra push to climb the dome, and it turned out I was under the weather that day, but Angelo was so sweet and thoughtful in supporting my decision to climb or not climb that day, and then taking some photos of me and other tour members once we reached the top. 85% of the tour involves the climb up and down, with a short intro beforehand, and a good visit to the Baptistery and it's famous doors afterwards. I did not realize there would be no interior tour of the rest of the Cathedral, other than the dome, but that was OK.

One thing I would say is don't climb the dome in summer peak season. The heat and crowds would be awful. Go in Spring or Fall and see Florence when the weather is milder and the crowds are still present, but nothing like in summer.l

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

Kathleen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Great tour and well worth the climb. We had no issues with the "skip the line" format as they did it, but I understand it is not always easy. The view is incredible at the top! We were unable to see the Baptistery due to a religious event taking place, but our tickets allowed us to explore it in our own the next morning, and we went to San Lorenzo cathedral instead. The gelato at the end was a nice treat!

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

The tour guide was WONDERFUL!! She knew so much information and the way she told it was like hearing a story. The ticket includes skip the line to climb the Dome (yes you climb it with the group), tour of the cathedral and the museum. What Viator doesn't tell you (they should really add this to the description) is your ticket includes you entry for 24 hours after the tour to the Giotto's tower (to climb it) and to the Baptistery. This would have been nice to know before hand as we paid 10 euro each to get into the Baptistery the day before :(

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2007

My husband and I only had one day in Florence. We took the full day tour with lunch. It was amazing. We pretty much covered everything: Il Duomo, the Baptistery, the Accademia, the Uffizi, and Santa Croce, as well as a bus tour through Fiesole. Lunch was great because we met so many wonderful people. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Doing what: Florence Sightseeing Tour with Skip-the-Line Options to the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries

David G

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2015

Skips the line, gets right to Duomo delightful energizing climb to top and then baptistery. It's a bit pricey but so it goes.

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

Beverly A

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2015

The climb in the dome was fun, baptistery was closed. Nice to not have to wait in line.

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

RAAS Australia

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2015

This Tour occurred for us on Easter Sunday and this limited our entry options to the main three buildings surrounding the Florence Duomo Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Campanile di Giotto. We were supplied with line up tickets for another day, which made it a 3-4 hour visit, this was disappointing given we paid for skip the line tickets.
The remaining Tour was well informed with an excellent guide,given the Easter celebrations, I would not advise doing this tour on a festival day. The Dan Brown twist was good and reference to the book was very interesting.

Doing what: Dan Brown 'Inferno' Tour of Florence

Lee Y

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
July 2015

I wish I knew that on Sunday all the state museums are closed because we missed seeing some of the major art attractions. The guide was difficult to follow because she didn't carry a paddle or anything to identify her from behind and with thousands of tourists, we kept losing her. We also didn't realize that our headsets weren't working so we missed a good part of what she said. When half the group finally mentioned this to her after catching up with her, she got a little bit snotty. Instead of seeing the David, she took us to some monestary the Baptistery that was rather dull. I wish we could have seen maybe, the final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo and Leonard DaVinci or the Ponte Vecchio instead. We ended up leaving the tour and went out on our own and saw the attractions

Doing what: Florence Sightseeing Tour with Skip-the-Line Options to the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries

Judith S

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
September 2014

This was a terrible tour. If it had been billed as an art history tour, I never would have paid that much money for it. The tour guides (2 of them - one morning and one afternoon) were very knowledgeable -- but I didn't sign up for that!!! The ad said visit the duomo, the baptistery, etc. etc. We virtually ran past them -- never stop to even look at the outside-- and were told "you can come back on your own to see this." We were taken to a street where Michangelo lived as a child, and where his sho was. I DON'T CARE. The afternoon lecture was so boring that we quit in the middle, turned in our head sets, and left. I will never take a tour from this organization again and will discourage anyone else from doing so. Very, very bad experience.

Doing what: Florence Sightseeing Tour with Skip-the-Line Options to the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries

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