• Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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.


  • 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 16 people for a more intimate experience
  • Receive tickets to visit the bell tower and museum on your own after the tour, if you choose

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was very nice to see all of Florence once you made it up to the top through the long narrow staircase. Be prepared to climb up because it is a hike!

Debra W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

This was the best of the five tours I booked through Viator! Our guide Christina was very knowledeable about the Duomo and the surrounding area. She was good at making sure that all members of the tour were accounted for. We were not able to complete the entire climb to the Dome, but she gave us excellent instructions on where to meet her to complete the tour. Unfortunately, it started raining, so we didn't go back to complete it-but that wasn't the tour operator's fault. I would highly recommend this tour!

mp84 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Amazing! A MUST if you're visiting Florence and can withstand a 450 step climb. The view from the top is 1000 worth it. We enjoyed the company tour itself, and loved our tour guide, Benedetta. She truly loves Florence and conveys that with her excitement and wonderful humor. The gelato at the end of this tour was also very refreshing!

falcoah Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Valentina was an excellent guide. It was a fairly small group and she got to know us all by name.
She was very knowledgeable and had some great insights into the art, history and architecture of the Duomo.
This tour gives you access through a back door - absolutely no lines. Priority security check just for the small group and access to parts of the Duomo that are not usually visited by tourists.
The climb to the top is nearly 500 steps - but is split into 3 parts...so not to extreme but still difficult if you are a little unfit.
The ticket also gives you access to other parts of the Duomo Baptistry and Belltower which can be used for 48 hours from the beginning of the tour.

I would strongly recommend this tour if you are interested in knowing some of finer details of the Duomo without having to study.

Dena Belle USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We loved this tour, and were shown unexpected exclusives. Antonio was an expert and delightful guide. Highly Recommended.

Derrick R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Fantastic.....limited space here to review fully...see my Trip Advisor review to do it justice!

Roger F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

No line plenty of time

Matthew T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great tour with a great guide. The climb to the top is worth it and if you can physically do it, you should. We had a couple members of our group that couldn't make it all the way up and I really think they missed out.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour is not for the faint of heart. You need to be ready for a good climb and not be afraid of heights. Very fun and the best views of Florence. Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny so made for a great day. We had someone in our party that did not climb to the top but was able to have a great tour all the same.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We had a wonderful guide who willingly snapped pictures of everyone as we climbed our way to the top. She was knowledgeable and friendly. The tour of the Duomo and the adjacent chapel were impressive to say the least. We especially enjoyed the opportunity to refresh with a gelato at the conclusion of the trip! We also were pleasantly surprised that our ticket allowed us to return for 2 days -- we took advantage of this by going to the museum. Regrettably, we did not have enough time to visit the bell tower.

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