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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. Follow your guide through the cathedral and up to the terraces for an exclusive close-up view of the dome. Explore passages closed to the public and get a magnificent look at the city skyline. A tour of the Baptistery, gelato tasting, and tickets to the bell tower and museum are also included.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour Florence Duomo tour with a skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • Enjoy a guided visit to the Cathedral, the Dome, the North Terrace, and the Baptistery
  • Head inside areas of the Duomo not open to the public
  • See panoramic views of Florence from the top of Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Gelato tasting included
  • Maximum of 12 people for a more intimate experience
  • Receive tickets to visit the bell tower and museum on your own after the tour, if you choose

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

Customer Reviews

Susan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Best way to see the Duomo!

DeAnn I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Informative guide, got us through the crowds successfully. The dome climb is quite something, around 365 steps? Very tight at the top, not suited for claustrophobic types. The view at the top is worth everything. Highly recommended.

gwerd49573

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A fabulous tour thanks to tour guide Francesca, who was the best of our ten Viator Italian tour guides. Knowledgeable, friendly and patient she welcomed all questions. Was patient, understanding and extremely courteous. Made sure our group stayed together and didn't rush anything. Sincere thanks and appreciation to this outstanding contributor to your company.

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. :).

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