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Brunelleschi's Dome (Cupola del Brunelleschi)
Towering above Florence, Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome (Cupola del Brunelleschi) is an important engineering and architectural feat. Completed in 1436, the fact that this symbol of the city still stands tall over the Duomo more than 600 years later is testament to Brunelleschi’s mastery. Climb to the top for some of the best views over Florence.

The Basics
Brunelleschi’s octagonal dome on top of Florence’s Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral (aka the Duomo) took 16 years to build and, at 144 feet (44 meters) wide, is one of the world’s largest masonry domes. You can admire the 16th-century Final Judgment frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari that decorate the inside of the dome and climb the 463 steps to the top for panoramic views from the lantern overlooking the historic center. The Opera del Duomo museum, just behind the church, holds a fascinating scale model of Brunelleschi’s dome as well as Lorenzo Ghiberti’s original bronze baptistry doors (replicas are on the baptistry outside).

The cathedral dome is one of the most popular attractions in the city, and booking a Florence Duomo tour that includes skip-the-line entrance to the Duomo, Giotto’s bell tower, and the baptistry is essential to avoid long lines to enter. Small-group and private tours of Florence’s Duomo may even include exclusive access to the north terrace, a panoramic rooftop terrace closed to the general public. Many Florence city walking tours also visit highlights like the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia), and Piazzale Michelangelo.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is a single skip-the-line ticket to enter all five parts of the Duomo complex—church, crypt, dome, bell tower, and baptistry—and the museum. To climb to the top of the dome, you must also reserve a specific time slot.
  • There is a lot of ground to cover in the Duomo complex, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes if taking a guided tour.
  • If you are also planning on visiting the church, be sure to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and legs.
  • There is no elevator to the top of the dome, so the climb is not recommended for those with heart problems, vertigo, or limited mobility.

How to Get There
Brunelleschi’s dome and Piazza del Duomo, in the historic center of Florence, are just a 5-minute walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station.

When to Get There
The Duomo complex in Tuscany’s capital city of Florence is one of the most popular attractions in Italy and can be very crowded during the summer high season. The best time to visit is from November to March, when the city sights are less overrun with tourists.

Construction of the Dome
Filippo Brunelleschi won a competition to design the dome in 1420 with an innovative system of two interconnected shells with an empty space in between. The dome was vaulted with no scaffolding by using bricks laid in a herringbone pattern in the inner shell as a self-supporting structural element; the outer shell serves as a heavier, wind-resistant cover. 
Address: Piazza del Duomo, Firenze, Italy
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Duomo Dome Skip the Line TourCultural Tours

Duomo Dome Skip the Line Tour

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Get inside one of Florence's best-known buildings with this skip-the-line guided tour of the Duomo, including its famous dome. Climb to the top of the Cupola to enjoy spectacular views over Florence and to see Vasari's beautiful frescoes up close.
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Climb The Cupola (Dome) Guided TourCultural Tours

Climb The Cupola (Dome) Guided Tour

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Climb the cupola of the Duomo with a guide on this 1-hour tour. Those who put forth the effort to climb the narrow staircase with 463 steps will be rewarded with a series of frescoes inside the dome and sweeping views of Rome. Traveling with a guide means you'll get insightful commentary on the history, architecture, and secrets of the dome.
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Florence: 1-Hour Cupola Dome Entry and Guided Tour

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To fully experience the majesty of Brunelleschi's famous dome, climb to the very top of the cupola that adorns Florence’s architectural gem. After touring the grand cathedral on your own, follow a certified guide up nearly 500 steps to the top, where panoramic views of the city are your reward. As you climb, learn about the Duomo’s remarkable engineering and admire Renaissance frescoes by Giorgio Vasari.
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Skip the line- reserved Tickets to see Brunelleschi's Duomo Cupola

The Duomo is one of Florence's must-see attractions, and also among the most popular. Avoid a long wait to get inside by reserving a timed-entry ticket that lets you skip the line. Admire Renaissance paintings and devotional art inside Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, and climb to he top of the cupola if you wish. Your ticket also includes access to all the other monuments of the Duomo complex, including the baptistery, bell tower, and museum.
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French Guided Tour of the Cupola Dome in FlorenceCultural Tours

French Guided Tour of the Cupola Dome in Florence

After seeing the Duomo from all sides and visiting the inside of the cathedral, all you need to do to complete the experience is a climb to the top of the cupola. See the entire city from a single point by climbing to the top of Florence's Dome by Joining a guided tour with local expert guides to discover the structure's full history.TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • 1-Hour French Guided Tour • See an admirable creation of art by Filippo Brunelleschi • Climb to the top of the Cupola, the highest point in Florence • Enjoy a spectacular view of the city
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DUOMO & CUPOLA COMPLEX - PRIVATE TOUR

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Come and visit the Dome of the Cathedral with this private guided tour, you will have the opportunity to enter without making long waits following your guide who will take you to the top of the dome, the heart of the city of Florence. You will discover the history of this fascinating monument, which represents the architectural work, created by Brunelleschi, with more importance in Europe since Roman times. You will be fascinated by the extraordinary grandeur of the entire complex of the Duomo and during the visit you will be able to admire the frescoes that are found inside the dome from near and reached the top you will enjoy one of the best panoramic views of the Renaissance city. Afterwards you will have the ticket for the entire Duomo complex available, this ticket will be valid during the 72 hours following the visit, and will allow you to explore freely:- the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Giotto's bell tower, the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Crypt of Santa Reparata.
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Florence: Cupola Dome Entry with 1Hour Spanish Guided TourCultural Tours

Florence: Cupola Dome Entry with 1Hour Spanish Guided Tour

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After seeing the Duomo from all sides and visiting the inside of the cathedral, all you need to do to complete the experience is a climb to the top of the cupola. See the entire city from a single point by climbing to the top of Florence's Dome by Joining a guided tour with local expert guides to discover the structure's full history.TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • 1-Hour Spanish Guided Tour • See an admirable creation of art by Filippo Brunelleschi • Climb to the top of the Cupola, the highest point in Florence • Enjoy a spectacular view of the city
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Florence: Cupola Dome Entry with 1Hour German Guided TourCultural Tours

Florence: Cupola Dome Entry with 1Hour German Guided Tour

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After seeing the Duomo from all sides and visiting the inside of the cathedral, all you need to do to complete the experience is a climb to the top of the cupola. See the entire city from a single point by climbing to the top of Florence's Dome by Joining a guided tour with local expert guides to discover the structure's full history.TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • 1-Hour German Guided Tour • See an admirable creation of art by Filippo Brunelleschi • Climb to the top of the Cupola, the highest point in Florence • Enjoy a spectacular view of the city
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Florence: Private Cupola Climb TourCultural Tours

Florence: Private Cupola Climb Tour

After seeing the Duomo from all sides and visiting the inside of the cathedral, all you need to do to complete the experience is a climb to the top of the cupola. See the entire city from a single point by climbing to the top of Florence's Dome by Joining a guided tour with local expert guides to discover the structure's full history.TOUR HIGHLIGHTS• Enjoy a spectacular view of the city• Climb to the top of the Cupola, the highest point in Florence• See an admirable creation of art by Filippo Brunelleschi
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Once you’ve met your guide, you will be led past the ticket line and the group will head straight for the Duomo Cupola. The climb to the Cupola and the unparalleled views of the city from the top are the highlights of this experience. Built by Filippo Brunelleschi, this red dome was the largest in the world in its time and soon became a symbol of Florence.Throughout your tour of the Duomo Cupola, you will be accompanied by a licensed English-speaking guide who will share fascinating insights about the Cupola, the Duomo and its jaw-dropping architecture. You will be able to see the entire city of Florence. This trip to the top of the Duomo includes a 463-step climb to the top. On your way up, you will also get to see the stunning Duomo interiors, including a chance to see Vasari's Last Judgment up close. While inside the Cupola, your guide will also give you first-hand information about the Cathedral which you can easily spot from inside the Cupola or from the access entrance itself.
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Florence: Brunelleschi's Dome Guided TourCultural Tours

Florence: Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

Overview Visit the Brunelleschi’s Duomo with an expert guide and enjoy reserved access to the iconic Cupola on this 1-hour guided tour. Once you’ve met your guide, you will climb to the Cupola and the have a chance to see the fascinating view of the city from the top.When Filippo Brunelleschi built this gorgeous dome, it was the largest in the world, and soon became the symbol of Florence. Throughout your tour of the Duomo Cupola, you will be accompanied by a licensed English-speaking guide who will share amazing insights about the Cupola, the Duomo and its jaw-dropping architecture.This trip includes a 463-step climb to the top. While inside the Cupola, your guide will also give you first-hand information about the Cathedral which you can easily spot from inside the Cupola or from the access entrance itself.After your guided tour of the Cupola, you are given free access to explore theDuomo, Baptistery, the Opera Museum, and Giotto’s Bell Tower at your own pace.
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Florence: Brunelleschi's Dome guided tourCultural Tours

Florence: Brunelleschi's Dome guided tour

Overview Visit the Brunelleschi’s Duomo with an expert guide and enjoy reserved access to the iconic Cupola on this 1-hour guided tour. Once you’ve met your guide, you will climb to the Cupola and the have a chance to see the fascinating view of the city from the top. When Filippo Brunelleschi built this gorgeous dome, it was the largest in the world, and soon became the symbol of Florence. Throughout your tour of the Duomo Cupola, you will be accompanied by a licensed English-speaking guide who will share amazing insights about the Cupola, the Duomo and its jaw-dropping architecture. This trip includes a 463-step climb to the top. While inside the Cupola, your guide will also give you first-hand information about the Cathedral which you can easily spot from inside the Cupola or from the access entrance itself.After your guided tour of the Cupola, you are given free access to explore theDuomo, Baptistery, the Opera Museum, and Giotto’s Bell Tower at your own pace.
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Italian Guided Tour of the Cupola Dome in FlorenceCultural Tours

Italian Guided Tour of the Cupola Dome in Florence

After seeing the Duomo from all sides and visiting the inside of the cathedral, all you need to do to complete the experience is a climb to the top of the cupola. See the entire city from a single point by climbing to the top of Florence's Dome by Joining a guided tour with local expert guides to discover the structure's full history.TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • 1-Hour Italian Guided Tour • See an admirable creation of art by Filippo Brunelleschi • Climb to the top of the Cupola, the highest point in Florence • Enjoy a spectacular view of the city
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Reservations are required to visit Florence’s famous Duomo, so save time and guarantee your preferred day and time by pre-booking a ticket. Skip the often-long line when you arrive, and get tips on visiting from a host before stepping inside one of the world’s largest cathedrals. Explore Renaissance artwork and Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome at your own pace, plus get access to the many other monuments of Piazza del Duomo with the same ticket.
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Breath the magic and see the entire city from a single point by climbing to the top of Florence's Dome. Join our guided tour with expert guides to discover the structure's full history.
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Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

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Check off the best bits of Italy’s Renaissance capital on this comprehensive 3-hour walking tour of Florence. Stroll around the historic monuments of Piazza della Republica and Piazza della Signoria, cross the landmark Ponte Vecchio bridge, then admire the opulent Pitti Palace and the legendary Duomo. After browsing the designer boutiques of Via Tornabuoni and the artist’s workshops of lively Oltrarno, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Accademia museum to view Michelangelo's world-famous David sculpture. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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Spend a day exploring the Italian cities of Florence and Pisa while in port in Livorno. With private pickup from your cruise, see the iconic Florence Duomo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa before returning to your ship at the end of the day. Upgrade your ticket to include a 3-hour tour in Florence with a private guide and skip-the-line entry to the Accademia and Uffizi galleries.
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With so much to see in Florence, it can be hard to know where to begin. On this private tour, take a break from your guidebook and make sure you hit all the most important Renaissance monuments, from Medici palaces and the famous Duomo to artsy Oltarno across the river and high-fashion avenues. Plus, fit in a visit to one of the most famous sculptures of all-time with skip-the-line access to the popular Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s ‘David.’
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The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces

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Unlock the secrets of Florence’s famous Duomo—an architectural marvel designed in the 15th century and the icon of the Renaissance city. Learn about the history of Brunelleschi’s red-roofed dome as you climb to its very top, stopping along the way to explore hidden terraces and chambers not open to the general public. Be rewarded by panoramic views of Florence. Skip-the-line admission includes a guided tour of the cathedral and crypt.
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Enjoy some of the best views of Florence while learning the history of its most treasured architectural masterpiece on a Duomo climbing tour. Enjoy a guided tour of the Baptistery of St. John, Cathedral Square, and the Opera del Duomo Museum with your admission ticket. Then, make your way to the top of Brunelleschi's famous dome with your guide, pausing along the way to hear about its remarkable construction and hidden artworks.
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Direct access & Guided Tour to Florence Cathedral, Dome and Panoramic Terrace

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Experience the best of Florence’s most iconic attraction on this guided tour of the Duomo, including skip-the-line entry. Soak up private access to the terrace before ascending to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome for unparalleled, panoramic views of the city. Then continue your visit on your own and use your 72-hour ticket for entrance to the Baptistery, Giotto Bell Tower and Opera del Duomo Museum.
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Climb the dome of Florence Duomo, and enjoy access to its museum, baptistery, and bell tower, too. Also known as Brunelleschi's Dome, the orange-brick cupola of the cathedral is an iconic Florence sight, high above the rooftops of the city. Gaze out at the panoramas when you reach the dome, and listen to fun facts about the cathedral and the city from a local guide.
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Discover the best that Florence has to offer on a full-day private walking tour through the Renaissance city. Visit the city’s historic landmarks like the Duomo, Giotto’s bell tower, Ponte Vecchio, the Baptistry and more as you listen to informative commentary from your guide about the history of Florence. Then enjoy skip-the-line admission to the world-renowned Uffizi and Accademia galleries to see works from Michelangelo, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Raphael, and more.
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Take an in-depth tour of the Florence Duomo Complex for a complete experience of its sites, including the Baptistery, Cathedral and neighboring museum. With a knowledgeable guide, admire the Baptistery’s beautiful mosaics, and discover the different parts of Florence Cathedral, including Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Campanile. Then head to the Opera del Duomo Museum to see artwork by Michelangelo and others. With an included 24-hour ticket, you can climb the dome and bell tower, if you wish.
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