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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
  • 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 319 Customer Reviews

Matt was very informative and passionate about the art viewed during the tour. I would highly recommend this tour.
Our Guide was wonderful and very easy to understand. The headsets worked great with clear communication. This is a MUST event to book.
Amazing!! I highly recommend walks!! Bravo!

Important information

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

During exceptional circumstances (when there are a lot of visitors in Florence) entry to the Baptistery will require waiting in a line of up to 25 minutes. When this happens we will skip the guided portion of the tour inside the Duomo Museum and instead give guests tickets to the Museum that they can use any time in the following 3 days. We recommend going after the tour when all that your guide has told you is still fresh in your mind!

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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Matt was very informative and passionate about the art viewed during the tour. I would highly recommend this tour.
Our Guide was wonderful and very easy to understand. The headsets worked great with clear communication. This is a MUST event to book.
Amazing!! I highly recommend walks!! Bravo!
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This tour was fabulous! We loved being so close to the David and to the Duomo fresco on the way down. The view from above was excellent. Our guide offered information not only on the Duomo and David, but really gave some excellent context. My only critiques are that I would have liked to see a little bit more of the Accademia (but I know tour length doesn't allow), and the dress code for the church should be made expressly clear in the tour materials (I had to buy a scarf before entering).
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This was a great tour and "Anica" our tour guide was really good. I must stress that the climb up the Duomo is pretty hard if you are not in shape. My husband chose not to do the climb and at the half way mark I was glad he didn't. It would have been too much for him. But he enjoyed the tour up until then and then enjoyed people watching until I came down.
Our guide for the morning (Valeria) was superb - very well informed, great sense of humour and terrific capacity to relate to and communicate to a diverse group of people.
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Excellent tour. Teresa had so much enthusiasm and detailed information on the topics. She did a great job. It was well organized. I did another Walks of Italy your in Milan - one difference that I liked was single-use ear buds instead of the hearing piece we used in Florence that had been worn by others before.
It was a great and informative walk through Italian history -a very memorable experience.
The tour was fun and very interesting. The guide kept us entertained. I felt like we kept moving and were stopped just long enough to appreciate the exhibits.
Awesome tour with a great guide.
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Tour was great! Loved our tour guide!
Easy to access. Wonderful guide, obviously passionate about the art she was showIng is. Would do it again for another tour!
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Angelo was an excellent tour guide! We learned so much from him! He was very professional but had a great sense of humor that my 18 year old son and I really appreciated. Highly recommend!
Guide was very knowledgeable.
Very good speaker on the topics. I feel like we got an excellent university lecture on art history. He really gave us a personal feeling about the art, the artist, and the time and place in history. The access to David and the Duomo were amazing. We highly recommend Matt and this tour.
Angelo was terrific! What a great guide who shows his passion and makes his guests relive history. Clone him!!!
Great tour and Federica was fabulous!!
Loved this tour and the tour guide was fantastic!
We had the best guide we have ever had in any tour! Loved him so much, great experience due in large part because of our guide.
Angela was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot. It was great to see the David right away as by the time we were done, the crowds were unbelievable. Climbing the Dome was excellent and we had a great view.
Guide was amazing. Tour was perfect.
Angelo was great! Very knowledgeable and funny. Would highly recommend.
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Charles was amazing!!
We loved this tour. Our guide did not disappoint. She was fantastic.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed this tour.
Our guide was excellent! I loved her explinations about "David"!
We have done several tours with Walks of Italy - this one must be the most efficient! You simply could not cover so much ground as a visitor on your own. Valentina was very pleasant & knowledgable; she shepherded us through the crowds without rushing us away from precious sights. Would highly recommend this tour.
she was excellent
We did three tours with Walk of Italy and Matt was by far the best guide. His passion and knowledge came through and made the tour incredibly interesting!
Our guide not only had great knowledge but he was alive with personality and theatre which added to the information. I don’t remember his name but hope you have it in your records bc he was definitely one of the best (and I have since had three more Walks tours in both Florence and Rome). I trust Walks to be the best but he was even best of the best!!!
Tour guide was phenomenal. Very informative. Lots to see and she kept the tour moving at a good pace.
Matt was a fabulous guide.
Simply excellent and most professional! We enjoyed it thoroughly!! Highly recommended!!
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Wonderful. Best tour yet. Perfect use of our time. Thank you.
Tour guide was exceptional - very knowledgeable and managed the group well; great pacing; she was accommodating and clear. Before starting the tour, the greeters were a bit late, vague, not personable, and not very clear about what to do - it was chaotic getting set up. Once the tour began, all was good. The price of the tour felt high for what we received and I would not spend that much on this tour if I had known what it was, but all else was fine.
Great tour! Lots of information and access to sites was amazing! Thank you for a great experience!
seemed a little rushed, but luckily we weren't that into spending too much time at each location. regardless was a good tour, but if you wanted to spend more time at each place it would be rushed.
We really enjoyed the tour with Ismael. He really knows his history and was very interactive. We also liked that your tours are not so large as well. It was an excellent tour.