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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 71 Customer Reviews

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! 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!
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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.
Charles is great, native English speaker, lots of interesting information, spins and details particularly about the renaissance period and its effect on Florence that would otherwise take countless hours to research. It is great to start a day, skip the line to Academia and enter the Duomo through the back door with an escort... Make sure you climb the steps, the view is worth it!
This also was an excellent tour & excellent guide. The tour helped us avoid crowds as advertised.
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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.
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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
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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.
I cannot say enough good things about this tour. This was a highlight of our Italy vacation. Our tour guide, Paolo, was so professional, knowledgeable, passionate, welcoming, etc. We were talking about how awesome of a guide Paolo was for the rest of our vacation. He is a great credit to the Walks of Italy company.
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.
(4.0 - 4.5 out of 5 rating) Theresa was good 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.
Our guide, Charles, was wonderful and extremely knowledgable. He did an excellent job discussing the history and significance of the amazing art and architecture we experienced on this tour. Having a great guide added to our appreciation of the Baptistery, the museum, and the Duomo. The terrace access was a nice treat and convinced me to go all the way to the top for the spectacular views of Florence. Excellent tour all around!
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.
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Dr Charles was great.
Klaas was amazing, very passionate and fun, really enjoyed our tour
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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.
This was such a wonderful tour. We loved getting to see David up close before any of the crowds arrived, our pictures are fantastic. The stroll through the town, the baptistery, and Duomo were fantastic. It was all topped off with a picturesque view of the streets of Florence atop the Duomo. Theresa, our guide, was enthusiastic, energetic, and superbly knowledgeable. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Florence. AMAZING.