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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

lstrayhorn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

If you can handle the steps this tour and the special access is well worth it! Part of the Duomo you cannot see in any other way.

Lois

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

LOVED this tour. Our guide was great and the Duomo climb was not as strenuous as I thought it might be. The views from the top were amazing. Our guide made sure to point everything out ... getting a birds-eye view of the city was a perfect way to see the entire city.

j.fergusson31 New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really enjoyed the tour and the operators and tour leader were friendly and accommodating. The Skip the Line got us into an area of the Duomo that other groups were unable to access. Don't underestimate the steep stairs and enclosed spaces....we had a couple in our tour that were unable to complete the climb. Well worth it if you can get to the top though.

Gregory W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved the experience. Tour guide excellent.

Darlene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We almost missed this tour and thankfully the tour operator called us and reconnected us with the group. We really appreciated this. The guide was knowledgeable and provided a lot of interesting information. The 450 steps to the top are challenging and when one of group could not make it, they were able to reconnect with group at the bottom and continue. The Baptistery was beautiful and the guides coverage of not only the doors but the mosaic ceiling was great.

Katherine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Definitely worth it!

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.

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