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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 411 Customer Reviews

Our Guide was amazing very animated and wonderful. Unfortunately I forgot her name. It was the 8am tour
Our tour was wonderful!
Great tour!

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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Our Guide was amazing very animated and wonderful. Unfortunately I forgot her name. It was the 8am tour
Molto Bene! This was absolutely marvelous in every way! Made even better by Bernardo who was our Guide. He even takes pictures of you at your request. I cannot say enough about this guided tour and about Bernardo. His enlightening, informative and humorous presentations about the history of Florence, Popes, the Art, the Renaissance, and The David and his maker! He made it come alive for us....BRAVO! It was really a bonus to have our tickets to use for the following 48 hours after our tour too! We got to have a peek at the crypt under the Duomo on the following day. A must see! Multi bene Get Your Guide a Grazie millie Bernardo..
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Our tour was wonderful!
Great tour!
We loved our tour. Charles was fantastic. Taking us through the history of Florence, it’s art and architecture. Would highly recommend.
I took 8 Walks of Italy tours. Each tour and guide was terrific.
Excellent tour that hit many things with a good flow that was most enjoyable due to the early morning start
Our guide was so interesting and knowledgeable. We had a great experience and would highly recommend Grazie!
Great guide and great energy.
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The VIP David and Duomo was exceptional. Our guide, Vanessa, demonstrated her love of Florence through her presentation of its history and its treasured masterpieces that held our attention. This tour was a highlight of our week in Florence.
Excellent tour and guide.
Everything was super! Loved the tour and the guide. Lots of information was given. I recommend it.
Angelo did a great job. He was very knowledgeable and kept our interest throughout the tour.
Charles was awesome!
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Charles was an excellent guide. He was interesting, informative and entertaining. We would request if possible in the future. Thank you
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very good tour. very knowledgeable guide. well orchestrated. well worth the price.
Guide was enthusiastic and informative.
Angelo was very very nice and a very good guide. He did show us a lot of new aspects of the David. I was on one of your tours last year that was just the David and Douro but no access to the top, and that guide did go into a lot more detail of perspective of the David. Since I was taking someone new to your tours I was hoping to have more of that information to share. I like your tours very much and I will continue to recommend them and take others tours you offer depending on where My travels take me. Thank you and I thank your company.
We understand the history of Florence so much more now and received a true appreciation of David and what he means to Florence.
Great explanations and knowledge. Enjoyed seeing the sights at a reasonable pace without long lines.
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Antonio was the best tour guide to date - so good I am planning a trip advisor post. Please advise Antonio how much we enjoyed and appreciated his tour.
In the care of Antonio, our brilliant guide, the wonders of the Academia Gallery, Museo dell Opera, the Bapistry and the Duomo were revealed with great, knowledge, passion and flair. Thank you. An unforgettable day.
Awesome tour guide!
The guide was very knowable and friendly. The tour covered all the basic areas. It was an amazing tour..
Claus was great! He knew the history and the stories that made the David and Duomo come to life!
Excellent guide & tour! Even made it to the top of the Duomo with fabulous views
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An excellent tour with an excellent guide as always
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Knowledgeable, personable guide and interesting tour.
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This was a rich and full tour with many essential aspects to it, more than I'd anticipated. And it was all so effortless in terms of admittance to key areas. What made our tour (my sister accompanied me) was our guide (Mat). He was simply wonderful! I can't say enough good things about him. He provided so much significant historical background that gave important context to what we were seeing. And his personality was warm, inclusive and funny. This tour and with this guide was a highlight of our time in Florence.
Our tour guide, Constanza, was very good. She was very personable and new the history of Florence. Would absolutely recommend this tour to those visiting Florence for the first time.
The tour was exceptional. The guide was very knowledgeable about the history and made it come alive!
We loved this tour and our guide. It could not have been a better experience.
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Was a wonderful guide and tour!!
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The guide was very engaging and well versed in history. She kept the information very interesting and immersive for the listener. She was one of the best guides we had on our trip.