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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



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.


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.


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.


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


  • 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


5-stars from over 260 Customer Reviews

Great tour with excellent guide, Theresa. Highly recommended.
Tour was excellent. Being able to skip lines and get in directly was big reason we took the tour. Your tour did not disappoint on this. We also took the tour to learn about the historical places we were visiting. Again this was very informative and what we were expecting when taking the tour.
Our tour guide was very kind and really knowledgeable. It was a wonderful experience and I will recommend your tour company for my friends who plan to visit soon

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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Great tour with excellent guide, Theresa. Highly recommended.
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Tour was excellent. Being able to skip lines and get in directly was big reason we took the tour. Your tour did not disappoint on this. We also took the tour to learn about the historical places we were visiting. Again this was very informative and what we were expecting when taking the tour.
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Our tour guide was very kind and really knowledgeable. It was a wonderful experience and I will recommend your tour company for my friends who plan to visit soon
Teresa was enthusiastic and engaging! I had a wonderful time and learned lots. I have now taken 4 tours with Walks of Italy and I have been very satisfied. Grazie!
Earphones need sponge. Otherwise wonderful tour
Our guide was fantastic! I wish I remembered his name. My mom and I thought he was our favorite guide his trip. He had glasses and has a pony tail. Very impressed! I wrote a good review on trip advisor for your company :)
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Mat was great. probably the best tour we had the 2 weeks we were in Italy.
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Matt was a fantastic guide....So informative and really attentive to the entire group. We participated in 3 walks if Italy tours during our visit and Matt was our favorite guide!!
Mat was our guide and very passionate about the things he was telling us about. Great to see David, the gates to the baptistry and walk on the duomo terrace then right up through the 2 layers of the dome to the very top terrace. Fantastic views and well worth climbing for. Great tour. Thank you.
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Excellent guide, very professional and helpful
our guide was friendly and passionate about his job
Excellent job by Angela. We all enjoyed the tour very much. Thank you!
Antonio was outstanding.
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Teresa was wonderful. So enthusiastic about the Basilica and David. She could answer any question my husband asked. Impressive!
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My husband was not happy about me signing up because of the price. Less than 1/2 way through he told me that it was worth the money. We loved it and Angelo A was an incredible guide. Made it very well worth it.
Theresa was absolutely amazing!! She was our favorite tour guide of our entire 12 day trip.
Very pleased with the tour. Valentina was a great tour guide. Getting early access to Michelangelo's David was a wonderful experience as well as the exclusive access to the Duomo Terrace. I would recommend the tour I think it was well worth it.
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Our guide, Aniko (SP?) was outstanding! She was extremely knowledable and was able to communicate her knowledge to the group in a very effective and professional way. She was also very personable! This was the first booking by our travel agent with your group, and she is eager to get our feedback. Needless to say, we will strongly recommend your group to her and to all of our acquaintances who travel to Florence in the future.
Frederica was lovely. Tour was excellent. Thank you!
Enjoyed the tour. Aniko, our guide, was friendly and informative.
Matt our guide was courteous, knowledgable and passionate about his home town which added to the experience. He is an asset that brings customer service to the next level.
Awesome tour covering the Accademia and everything you'd want to see/do at the Duomo. This is by far the most efficient way to view both of these attractions where the lines are super long. Guide was absolutely fantastic - super knowledgable, extremely personable and very accommodating.
Our guide Annikco was incredible she had so much wisdom and feed back. Much more than I was expecting, the history that she gave was worth the price alone. Skipping the lines and the time save was just a bonus. Well worth the price paid.
Aniko was our Guide. Very passionate and very informative. We enjoyed the tour. thank you
We experienced 3 guides in our four excursions w Walks of Italy. All were very knowledgeable. Angela was the most skilled in delivering the information in a way that built on what we saw as we went from venue to venue. I walked away with a solid history lesson on the Duomo and Michelangelo. Fascinating!
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Teresa was fantastic! We really enjoyed the tour and learned a lot. We were disappointed that the Duomo museum was closed but understand that is not within Walks control. We have recommended this tour to others.
Excellent guide good sense of humor.
We had a great time on our tour, and our guide was amazing
Our guide May was excellent Well worth it...book your trip with these guys it was great
Our guide, Charles was wonderful. His knowledge of history was excellent. The group was small and the hearing devices are great. We would take another tour with Charles and recommend him to friends.
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Guide was extremely knowledgeable! Highly recommend!!!
This tour was absolutely fantastic! Teresa was just wonderful and really made the tour unforgettable - very passionate, engaging and makes everyone feel very welcome!
Both the tour and guide were great. This was my third of three WalksOfItaly tours and it did not disappoint. The only issue I had was with the confirmatuon email. The meeting point text did not match the map so I had to call the emergency number the day of - I made the tour on time but had to do a small run. The meeting point was Piazza San Marco but the text said: Meeting Point: This tour meets in Piazza Della Signoria at the tail of the bronze equestrian statue, the only bronze horse statue in the piazza. Piazza della Signoria is a centrally-located square, within walking distance, north-east, of the Ponte Vecchio. The equestrian statue is situated near the left side of Palazzo Vecchio when facing the front of the building.
My email had the wrong meeting point, thankfully the coordinator took me to the correct one or I wluld have missed the tour. Otherwise, the tour was FANTASTIC!
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