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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

ljp529

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The Duomo is so beautiful, I highly recommend this tour! Climbing the Dome is well worth it. It is tiring, but the view from the top is spectacular. The Baptistry was also very interesting. We also stopped for gelato, which was apparently included in the tour. :).

Shirley P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Lots of information from the guide and since the lines were super long, skipping them was perfect.

Pamela W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a treat! Perfect tour! This climb is well worth it... Unique as you wind your way to the top but well worth it!

jeffrey b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guide Christina was amazing. The tour was fantastic.

James F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved this! Christina was a wonderful guide and this was one of the best things we did. The views from the top of the dome are amazing and so worth the climb!

kevingaither

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Well worth it. It and #39;s crowded coming down which is a bummer. If you and #39;re claustrophobic this isn and #39;t for you. But for amazing views of Florence I and #39;d strongly recommend. We loved it. 463 steps up!

MR D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really great tour, guide Kristina was very informative and although there are a lot of stairs to climb, there was no hurry and you could do it at your own pace. The views from the top are worth the climb alone. Excellent tour!

Andrew P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I enjoyed this tour. The tour guide was friendly, helpful and very well informed. She managed some chaotic fellow tourists with tact and good humour.
The views from the dome were amazing and helped me understand the lay out of the city
Wonderful to escape the lines and see things, especially the frescoes inside the dome, close up with an informative guide.
Don't do the trip if you can't climb
The ice cream at the end was good!

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.

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