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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 124 Customer Reviews

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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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!!
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Angelo was amazing!!!
Excellent guide
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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!
Once again another excellent presentation from a person in love with her subject. I am a guide at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and your guides are a class act. One comment I would make is the abrupt ending of each tour. Time is obviously over - a smoother finish would be nice. We have highly recommended you to people we've met and are looking forward to our night tour at St Mark's Basilica.
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Excellent guide. Knew the subject matter and had very pleasant friendly personality. Highly recommend her.
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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!
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Excellent
Absolutely fantastic experience. Highly recommend our guide
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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.
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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!
Charles was an outstanding guide, knowledgeable and entertaining. I'm a historian myself and he was top notch. Access to the Duomo terrace was brilliant, and skipping the lines was truly that: there's fake "skipping lines" and "actual skipping the lines" and this was mostly the real deal, particularly with entrance to the cathedral and dome climb. For some reason I thought we would see David before public access, but no matter, the crowds were quite low as we were there early. Our second Walks of Italy walk, would do another for sure. Excellent value and a great experience in an otherwise hugely crowded city.
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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!
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Charles was good with kids who were in our tour and made the tour relevant for all. Very knowledgeable and passionate when sharing info.
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We loved this tour! Our guide was very informative and friendly. It so worth getting in early to see the David, and there really are no crowds when you get in there! The tour was well paced, and a great way of getting to see the Duomo. Highly recommended.
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.
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Guide was super and customer service quick and prompt. My daughter and I had a great time.
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Great tour! Very informative and well worth the money! Seeing the David up close and FIRST was amazing! The guide was knowledgeable. Entering into the duomo and seeing the Terrance was gorgeous. It made it super easy to keep climibing after the tour to the top of the duomo!