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. Then enjoy a gelato tasting and, before parting ways with your guide, receive tickets to the museum and bell tower to continue exploring independently.