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Florence Duomo & Accademia

Key Details

  • City: Florence
  • Duration: 3hrs
  • Start Time: 8AM

Tour Highlights

  • Skip the line for Florence’s most in-demand experience – the Florence Duomo climb. From the top of the dome you’ll enjoy the best view in Florence.

  • Enjoy a special access tour of the Duomo including exclusive access to the Terraces, the Duomo Museum & the Baptistery.

  • Avoid the crowds at the Accademia on our first-entry tour, introducing you to Michelangelo’s ‘David’ in relative peace.
Visitors at the top of the Florence Duomo climb The view from the Duomo Terrace The Baptistery seen from the Duomo Terrace Art inside the Baptistery The Baptistery doors The Baptistery doors Michelangelo's David Michelangelo's David Michelangelo's David Michelangelo's David Michelangelo's unfinished 'Slaves' Michelangelo's unfinished 'Slaves' Busts inside the Accademia Inside Florence Duomo Our special access tour gets you closer to the dome Special access gives you free reign inside Florence Duomo Light a candle in Florence Duomo

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

THE BEST EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE AT FLORENCE’S TOP ATTRACTIONS

There is so much to do in Florence but two attractions stand head and shoulders above the rest: the Florence Duomo and the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s ‘David’. With so much demand, these sites can become crowded, particularly in the summer months.

We guarantee that you'll have the best experience possible on this, our most exclusive Florence tour. Combining careful timing, skip the line entry and special access, we set you apart from the crowds. Along with an expert local guide, you’ll visit extra sites usually overlooked by the public, and cross velvet ropes to get up close and personal with the two giants of Florence.

SKIP THE CROWDS WITH EARLY ENTRANCE AT THE ACCADEMIA GALLERY

Your tour starts early with a reservation for first entrance at the Accademia Gallery. Arriving before the crowds, you’ll have a little more space to explore not just Michelangelo’s David, but also his unfinished Slaves and a number of other priceless works often overlooked by visitors. Traveling in a small group of just 15 people or fewer, and with headsets for every guest, your tour will be intimate and your guide easy to question.

UNAPPRECIATED GEMS AT THE BAPTISTERY & DUOMO MUSEUM

After the Accademia it’s on to another site often (misguidedly) skipped by visitors: the Florence Baptistery. If these walls could talk, they’d tell you stories about the Medici family, all of whom were baptized here along with the poet Dante. They can’t, but thankfully your guide can. They’ll give you the inside scoop and help you decipher the beautiful gold mosaics that cover the ceiling.

The most famous feature of the Baptistery is its copper-plated doors, but few visitors are aware that these are just a replica. You’ll see the real deal at your next stop, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (or Duomo Museum). You’ll also see Michelangelo’s other ‘Pietà’ in here, the one he created for his own tomb; along with a sculpture of Mary Magdalene by Donatello.

SKIP THE LINE FLORENCE DUOMO CLIMB

The final leg of your visit will be inside the Duomo itself, where special access will give you more space than the average visitor. The floor of the Duomo has recently been roped off. While normal visitors circulate on paths around the walls of the cathedral, you’ll cross velvet ropes to wander the floor as you wish, getting closer to the details of the Duomo. You’ll also gain access to a special hidden room, where the Duomo stores original statues from its façade.

The cherry on your cake comes last as you ascend to the Duomo Terrace for incredible views and an up-close view of Brunelleschi’s enormous dome (the largest brick dome in the world). This is incredibly exclusive access (very few visitors even know this level exists!), with a maximum of two tour groups visiting during your time. At this level, you’ll also have access to a special door from where you can climb to the top of the Florence Duomo without waiting in line for hours.

The views from the terrace are fantastic for examining Florence Duomo up close, but from the top of the dome you’ll see not just Florence, but far into Tuscany. Give yourself some time to soak up the red roofs and rolling hills; it will be a long time before you see another view quite like this.

Sites visited

  • Accademia Gallery
  • Florence Baptistery
  • Duomo Museum
  • Florence Duomo (with hidden room)
  • Top of Florence Dome

Included

  • Early skip the line entrance at the Accademia Gallery
  • Skip the line access at the Baptistery & Duomo Museum
  • Special access at Florence Duomo
  • Access to the Duomo Terraces
  • Skip the line Florence Duomo climb

Reviews

5-stars from over 177 Customer Reviews

Great tour! Wish the price wasn’t so high or we would have used walks of Italy for all our tours!
Our guide Angelo, was the best guide we've ever had. He was very easy to understand. He made so many knowledgeable comments that made it a very pleasurable experience. We learned so much and are thankful that we were lucky enough to have had Angelo as our tour guide.
This was a beautiful introduction to Florence, its history and cultural treasures, with a most knowledgeable guide, Antonio.
We so enjoyed our David and Duomo Tour, the tour was beyond our imagination. We learned so very much and we will definitely use your company in the future.
We loved Teresa's enthusiasm for the tour and the insight she gave us. Glad we had her.
This tour was amazing. Our guide Charlie provided so much information about the people and sites it made everything come alive. The Duomo terrace and dome climb was like icing on a cake. Thanks for making our Florence trip unforgettable!
Antonio was excellent and informative.
We did 3 tours with Walks of Italy and will definitely be using the company again. This specific tour, the guide was very knowledgable and kind.
We really enjoyed our docent Charles. He was very knowledgeable. The breadth and depth of his knowledge was impressive. His manner of presentation was both engaging and entertaining.
Guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
Great time with Angelo. Having done a couple other tours now in Florence, it would be great to have more commentary on the surrounding buildings as we walked form sopt to spot.
Ishmael was very engaging and informative. He kept things moving well without compromising quality.
From the first step to the last, Charles did a splendid job of taking us back to the renaissance. His expertise and story telling ability made this an extremely enjoyable walk through Florence. He is the Michelangelo of tour guides.
Teresa was wonderful. She not just a guide, but was a great storyteller. Loved her and the tour.
Angelo was a fantastic guide. Well done Walks on putting together yet another fabulous tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
Tour more than lived up to our expectations. Our guide Charles was knowledgeable and passionate about everything but particularly othe part to see the statue of David in Accademia Thanks to you all
Angelo was wonderful! Highly recommend him.
Mat was a fantastic guide. We so appreciated how he presented the information and all the added insights and stories. My eyes filled with tears. It was wonderful.
Angelo was outstanding
Our guide was great, he seemed very passionate about everything on our tour. The early entrance to see the David was very worthwhile. Exclusive terrace time at the Duomo was fabulous. Thank you!
What an amazing tour! Costanza was such a great guide, and was very knowledgeable. So grateful that we got to skip the line!
Angelo was great. Informative, entertaining and engaging. Thank you for showing us Florence through the eyes of this most talented mean. Joe.
Matt was wonderful at sharing history and his passion for his beloved city!
Ishmael is a font of historical information and brought the magnificence of Florence and its art and architecture to life. Loved the tour. Thank you.
Our guide Theresa was the best tour guide we have had! She was very informative and helpful and her English very good! We want to go on another one of her tours one day!
Another clear winner by Walks of Italy. Angelo was just plain amazing.
Due to my enjoyment of the first tour, I have taken three additional Walk of Italy tours. All have been wonderful. I had the male guide and he was knowledgeable and was very pleasant to the group. Thank you.
Florinda was excellent!
Charles was an outstanding tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend Charles as a guide.
This was a fantastic tour and Florinda was a superb tour guide!
Charlie was amazing. His knowledge of the sites we visited were spot on. Also his humor made it fun. We could have stayed with him all day. Very happy we connected and were able to visit Florence with what we felt was an insiders view. :)
Angelo was superb, a real delight
Florida was great!! Lots of good information and kept the tour fun and interesting
Antonio was a very knowledgeable guide and we thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The early start is well worth it to beat the crowds as is the climb to the top of the Duomo cupola for those stunning 360 degree views of Florence. Another excellent tour from Walks of Italy and highly recommended!
Please excuse the very late response! We loved our guide and our tour! It couldn't have been better. Grazie
Matt was our tour guide and he was awesome!!!! Very knowledge and his passion for the history of Florence really comes through his stories.
Well paced, informative, delightful tour
Angelo was excellent, very informative. As promised we had a lot of time at the David without crowds. The view from the terrace at the Duomo was a highlight. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
Angelo was a terrific guide. He shared a LOT of great information in a very engaging way. Really enjoyed the tour.
Paolo was excellent as was the tour organisation, overall the value good as it saves so much time and provides historical facts in an interesting presentation. Highly recommend
Angelo was a great guide! He was knowledgeable and funny. Skipping the line was worth every penny!
Fabulous tour, seeing the David as we did, without crowds was memorable! Touring the Duomo and the terrace was also a highlight. Thank you!!
Angelo was amazing!!!
Excellent guide
Aniko was a fun guide and did a great job of keeping the tour interesting. We would recommend the tour to anyone visiting Florence.
Angelo was fantastic. We did a few tours throughout Italy and this was by far our favourite!
Excellent guide. Knew the subject matter and had very pleasant friendly personality. Highly recommend her.
Teresa was excellent. Very passionate, knowledgeable, friendly and a great communicator. (We also took the Tuscany day tour on 5th Aug)
Fantastic tour and fantastic tour guide! Worth every penny spent!
Excellent
Absolutely fantastic experience. Highly recommend our guide
Paolo was excellent. He was very informative and entertaining at the same time. He kept my whole family (even teenagers) interested the entire tour. We would definitely use your company again and recommend you to friends. Thank you for the experience.
Thanks!
Angelo was a fantastic guide. This was our second tour with him having previously done the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzio Vechia tour.
We really enjoyed the David and Duomo tour! It was really nice to hit the highlights of Florence in 3 hours with no lines. And it was especially nice climbing the Duomo before it got too hot outside. I would recommend this tour to anyone I know going to Florence!
The guide, Teresa, absolutely made the tour for me. She enhanced my experience of the art and the tour itself. This was probably the best tour I've been on thus far, and Walks is fantastic!
Charles was good with kids who were in our tour and made the tour relevant for all. Very knowledgeable and passionate when sharing info.
Great tour guide. He knew is stuff.
Teresa was a very friendly and enthusiastic guide! This is an excellent way to skip the lines at some of the cities busiest locations. Access to the Duomo Terraces was a particular highlight.
Excellent tour. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. I forgot her name, but she is from Austria. Highly recommend.
This was excellent and Teresa was a wonderful guide. We have already recommended both her and the tour to others!
Adorable, well-educated guide with a great personality. Loved it!
Our guide Teresa was awesome! Teresa made our tour most memorable. Teresa was so professional and so passionate when she talked about the history of David & the Duomo. My family and I loved it. Thank you Teresa for adding great memories to our family trip. Sincerely The Esqueda Family 😁👍
Our tour was fantastic! It allowed us to see the sights with no crowds and with the additional insights that our excellent guide provided. I highly recommend this tour.
Guide was super and customer service quick and prompt. My daughter and I had a great time.
Mat did a great job!
Excellent tour! Loved the view from the top of the duomo
Our guide, Charles, was wonderful!
Terese was great. You could feel her enthusiasm and love of Florence and the all the beautiful art and architecture she spoke about.
Great tour! Loved all of the details and stories the guide related. He also had answers for any question someone on the tour raised. I would suggest providing the guide with a better microphone, one like a singer has so hedoesn't have to hold it to his mouth in order for us to hear everything.
An excellent tour!
I don't remember the tour guide's name, but she was absolutely exceptional. We took several tours throughout our trip to Rome and Florence, this tour guide was by far the best one we had on any other tour.
This also was an excellent tour & excellent guide. The tour helped us avoid crowds as advertised.
Klaas provided the right amount of information at the Accademia and Duomo sites. The terrace access was fantastic!
Charlie aka "Pappa" was awesome. Very informative and passionate about his job!!
Charles was fantastic in contextualizing the work and what it means for us today. We thoroughly enjoyed his tour and appreciated his breadth of knowledge and passion for the work.
This was and amazing tour with an AMAZING guide, Ismael!!!! We loved it!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for accommodating the fact that we booked for the wrong month. The tour was great too.
Great tour thank you
Very interesting, very well explained, very satisfied
Love loved our guide he was such a pro. When return to Florence in the spring we will book another Tour!
Our guide was amazing! He provided so much background information and took great care of us.
Guide was absolutely amazing! Very enthusiastic and gave plenty of information which made it well worth it to purchase a tour. Also the ability to skip lines can't be overstated for this!!
We had Ishmael (sp?) as our guide and he was great! Very knowledgeable and seemed very passionate about the topics. He went at a fantastic pace and covered a lot of content without making it boring. We learned a great deal from him and the morning flew by!
This was a very educational and interesting tour. Charles was an outstanding tour guide - highly recommend him and Walks of Italy.
Awesome tour. The guide was very informative.
Charles was fantastic, very knowlegeable and great story teller. Thank you for wonderful experiences
Very informative and interesting.
Excellent tour. We were able to see David early which was great! We also learned a lot from the guide.
Teresa was amazing. She is personable and excited to tell us about Florence history.
The tour was excellent, but the best part of the tour was our guide Costanza who is knowledgeable, witty, and had great bits of interesting information to share.
Theresa was absolutely wonderful. She truly brought Michelangelo's Florence to life for us. She was passionate and very articulate and truly a very good guide. I recommend her wholeheartedly.
Charles was fantastic! I highly recommend him. He was very interesting and took time to explain history well. We were very happy to be lucky enough to have Charles as our guide!
Charles was truly amazing! He was very knowledgeable and able to provide excellent back story and behind the scenes information that we'd never have gotten without his expert guidance!!! Thanks for a marvelous experience! Rhonda & Warren Atlanta GA
Really enjoyed the tour and our guide was very informative and the view from the top was spectacular.
Dr Charles was great.
Klaas was amazing, very passionate and fun, really enjoyed our tour
Loved our guide. Personable, knowledgeable and engaging. Getting an early start make the tour amazing. Thank you.
Excellent thank you!
Loved all the art history and access to the dome and terrace. Have already recommended this tour to other visitors.
Excellent tour. We were first in to see David which was fantastic. Charles was always interesting, reviewing key points in history so essential to understanding Florence, but also relating interesting anecdotes and stories. I was glad we spent the money on this tour.
Wonderful tour! The guide, Anika, was super knowledgeable!
We were especially pleased with the opportunity to take an earlier tour due to the potential strike by museum workers. Our tour guide did an excellent job with clear explanations of what we were seeing and doing. We had seen the David before but learned much more on this tour.
Paulo was the best guide of them all.
Our guide was AMAZING!! He was so knowledgeable and was so passionate about the places we went and the things we saw! I am recommending this tour to everyone!
This tour was AMAZING. I loved our guide and his passion for what he wash showing us. Loved everything about this tour!
I would recommend getting new radios. On two of these tours I had radio issues, which were resolved.
Great tour. Charles was the best.
Tour guide was knowledgeable and everything went as scheduled. I was impressed that the stated "skip the line" actually meant skipping the line and we had speedy access to the Accademia and the Dome Terrace Access.
We really enjoyed this tour. The access and content was fantastic. By far our favorite day in Rome. Mama G was brilliant!!! woukd recommend her and this tour to everyone.
Loved that we had the opportunity to visit the main floor and private terraces of the Duomo, and the museum as well. Guide also did a great job of giving a backstory of Michelangelo as an artist, not just focusing on the individual on pieces of work.
Our guide was TERRIFIC!
Getting to the Accademia so early was a bit of a challenge, but well worth it. Also seeing the areas of the Duomo that others could not was a real plus. Florence was crowded as there was a holiday, so taking this tour was really a great way to see things up close and quietly. Nice.
Another great tour! Paolo was fantastic and so knowledgeable about Florence and Renaissance art. He also brought pieces or marble, videos from a quarry, and photos/drawings which we felt went above and beyond. Thanks!
Tour guide was amazing. We love her!
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Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

As this site includes visits to religious sites, guests are asked to cover their shoulders and knees. Walks will not be held responsible for guests denied entry due to inappropriate dress.

Please note that on the first Tuesday of each month the Duomo Museum is closed. On these occasions we will include a visit of the Underground section of the Cathedral instead (Santa Reparata). We will hand you a ticket which is valid for 48 hours so you can visit the Museum on your own the following day.

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Great tour! Wish the price wasn’t so high or we would have used walks of Italy for all our tours!
Our guide Angelo, was the best guide we've ever had. He was very easy to understand. He made so many knowledgeable comments that made it a very pleasurable experience. We learned so much and are thankful that we were lucky enough to have had Angelo as our tour guide.
This was a beautiful introduction to Florence, its history and cultural treasures, with a most knowledgeable guide, Antonio.
We so enjoyed our David and Duomo Tour, the tour was beyond our imagination. We learned so very much and we will definitely use your company in the future.
We loved Teresa's enthusiasm for the tour and the insight she gave us. Glad we had her.
This tour was amazing. Our guide Charlie provided so much information about the people and sites it made everything come alive. The Duomo terrace and dome climb was like icing on a cake. Thanks for making our Florence trip unforgettable!
Antonio was excellent and informative.
We did 3 tours with Walks of Italy and will definitely be using the company again. This specific tour, the guide was very knowledgable and kind.
We really enjoyed our docent Charles. He was very knowledgeable. The breadth and depth of his knowledge was impressive. His manner of presentation was both engaging and entertaining.
Guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
Great time with Angelo. Having done a couple other tours now in Florence, it would be great to have more commentary on the surrounding buildings as we walked form sopt to spot.
Loved this tour completely. The fact that we got into the Accedemia very early gave Angelo lots of time to explain so much about Michelangelo and David all the while without crowds obstructing our views. We were up close and personal with David and it was fantastic. As for the Duomo, what is there to say: Bellissimo! Getting into the museum to see the Gates of Paradise without millions of cruise passengers iin our way was worth the price of admission alone. The Baptistry was beautiful and it was fun going to the top. Great bragging rights. We have now taken 4 Walks of Italy tours and they have all been top notch. We will recommend your company to anyone going to Italy and are glad to know you are in other countries. We will use your services there as well.
Ishmael was very engaging and informative. He kept things moving well without compromising quality.
From the first step to the last, Charles did a splendid job of taking us back to the renaissance. His expertise and story telling ability made this an extremely enjoyable walk through Florence. He is the Michelangelo of tour guides.
Teresa was wonderful. She not just a guide, but was a great storyteller. Loved her and the tour.
I just wish we could have seen more in the Accademia, we only saw David and one other side room. I did not like that 12-15 minutes of the 3 hours were taken up with the group leader leaving us to go get tickets.
Angelo was a fantastic guide. Well done Walks on putting together yet another fabulous tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
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Tour more than lived up to our expectations. Our guide Charles was knowledgeable and passionate about everything but particularly othe part to see the statue of David in Accademia Thanks to you all
Angelo was wonderful! Highly recommend him.
Mat was a fantastic guide. We so appreciated how he presented the information and all the added insights and stories. My eyes filled with tears. It was wonderful.
Angelo was outstanding
I needed to switch my day to the next week and it was a breeze! The tour guide, Theresa, was fantastic and super enthusiastic throughout the entire tour. I highly recommend this company and tour because it gives you special access to the Duomo terrace, which even my Florentine friend had no idea was a possibility! The views of the Duomo from the terrace are beautiful and gets that perfect shot without having to also climb Giotto's Bell Tower.
Our guide was great, he seemed very passionate about everything on our tour. The early entrance to see the David was very worthwhile. Exclusive terrace time at the Duomo was fabulous. Thank you!
What an amazing tour! Costanza was such a great guide, and was very knowledgeable. So grateful that we got to skip the line!
Angelo was great. Informative, entertaining and engaging. Thank you for showing us Florence through the eyes of this most talented mean. Joe.
Matt was wonderful at sharing history and his passion for his beloved city!
Our guide Antonio was knowledgeable and pleasant. He had a sort of quiet intensity that made me feel that he was very passionate about subjects he was telling us about and I enjoyed the tour very much.
Ishmael is a font of historical information and brought the magnificence of Florence and its art and architecture to life. Loved the tour. Thank you.
Our guide Theresa was the best tour guide we have had! She was very informative and helpful and her English very good! We want to go on another one of her tours one day!
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Another clear winner by Walks of Italy. Angelo was just plain amazing.
Due to my enjoyment of the first tour, I have taken three additional Walk of Italy tours. All have been wonderful. I had the male guide and he was knowledgeable and was very pleasant to the group. Thank you.
We really enjoyed this tour. The VIP access really added to the experience. The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Her commentary definitely enhanced our experience, especially when viewing The David.
Florinda was excellent!
Charles was an outstanding tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend Charles as a guide.
This was a fantastic tour and Florinda was a superb tour guide!
This was one of three tours I took with Walks of Italy and found each of them exceptional. Our guide Aniko was very knowledgable and passionate about the material being discussed. Having visited these sites once before, this tour offered insight and a wealth of knowledge that cannot be gained by visiting the locations on your own. Well worth it.
Charlie was amazing. His knowledge of the sites we visited were spot on. Also his humor made it fun. We could have stayed with him all day. Very happy we connected and were able to visit Florence with what we felt was an insiders view. :)
Angelo was superb, a real delight
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Florida was great!! Lots of good information and kept the tour fun and interesting
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Antonio was a very knowledgeable guide and we thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The early start is well worth it to beat the crowds as is the climb to the top of the Duomo cupola for those stunning 360 degree views of Florence. Another excellent tour from Walks of Italy and highly recommended!
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Please excuse the very late response! We loved our guide and our tour! It couldn't have been better. Grazie
Matt was our tour guide and he was awesome!!!! Very knowledge and his passion for the history of Florence really comes through his stories.
Well paced, informative, delightful tour