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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 197 Customer Reviews

Our guide, Valentina, was excellent. However, the last part of the tour (Duomo and terrace acess) was hosted by a different guide. I dont remember her name but she was arrogant and extremely unfriendly. Would not reccommend her at all. :( It seems she was from a different company.
Excellent tour with Angelo, who was funny, knowledgeable and so interesting to listen to. Despite the fact a part of our tour was cancelled due to the weather, Angelo made certain we had a terrific experience. Highly recommend this to anyone visiting Firenze!
The Best Ever!!! Our Guide knew Everything!!!!

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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Our guide, Valentina, was excellent. However, the last part of the tour (Duomo and terrace acess) was hosted by a different guide. I dont remember her name but she was arrogant and extremely unfriendly. Would not reccommend her at all. :( It seems she was from a different company.
Excellent tour with Angelo, who was funny, knowledgeable and so interesting to listen to. Despite the fact a part of our tour was cancelled due to the weather, Angelo made certain we had a terrific experience. Highly recommend this to anyone visiting Firenze!
The Best Ever!!! Our Guide knew Everything!!!!
These tours are amazing. Very informative and through. I would recommend this tour.
When using the radios, guides should try to ensure they're in the middle of the pack when speaking. In longer corridors, the people in the back of the line usually lose signal. Our guide Charles was fantastic. Did a remarkable job of painting a picture of what life was like for the artists and aristocrats of the time, and what inspired them to communicate the way they did through art. I will specifically request him when I come back in the future!
We had a wonderful time on this tour. Angelo was a fantastic guide - full of great information and very personable. We will definitely book another Walks of Italy tour next time we are back.
Wonderful and informative tour
Guide was excellent and very informative.
Well worth the price if you want and enthusiastic, knowledgeable English speaking guide and to get the best and quickest access to the attractions. Highly recommended.
Fantastic way to see some highlights of Florence in a small group. Early morning roof top access to the Duomo was particularly stunning. Knowledgeable guide with an obvious passion for Florence, it’s art and history.
Our guide was amazing!! Witty and informative!! Highly recommend the early am tour since we were the first in line to see David. Within 20 minutes it was packed and would not have had a good view had we come later. The Duomo was also great and the ability to climb to the terraces and then to the top was incredible!!
Our first Walks of Italy tour, and loved that we got to see a lot in 3 hours, skipping lines was wonderful to not make us weary before we even got into a location. Angelo was a fabulous guide, very engaging, gave great bits of information, and answered all questions.
Our guide was absolutely wonderful. Very knowledgeable and interesting. My wife and I enjoyed the tour and recommended it to my sister and her husband who are heading to Florence in November.
Charles was both delightful and informative. His presentation was concise and entertaining. Humorous and insightful. Wish he was my Art History 100 professor. Give that guy a raise. Al and Sue
Extremely well done and excellent guide - fantastic passion.
Angelo was factual and funny; I enjoyed the tour and his knowledgeable commentary immensely. For me, it was especially 'easy listening', since the tour was in English with a slight 'Strayan accent. I particularly liked the skip-the-line aspect because we actually did skip the lines!
Charles was a most excellent tour guide and was full of interesting information. He made it a fantastic experience!
We had a fantastic time. It was a highlight of our trip. Nice offset yo museums....
I am copying here the review I posted to Trip Advisor regarding our Walks of Italy tour (which we loved!): A Must Do in Florence! We did the "VIP David & Duomo Tour: Early Accademia Tour & Skip the Line Dome Climb with Exclusive Terrace Access" tour in Florence and it was worth every penny and then some. We met our group at 8 am and enjoyed every minute of this 3 hour tour. Our guide, Charles, was fantastic. His insights, historical knowledge and rich storytelling is well beyond anything you could possibly glean on your own. This is the best way to experience these one-of-a-kind sights. We were among the first inside the Accademia and were wowed. We were also wowed by the line we saw as we exited and were relieved we didn't waste precious time standing in it! The tour also included the Baptistry and the Duomo museum, both of which are can't-miss stops in Florence but so much more meaningful with a spectacular guide. The terrace and top of the Duomo were my bucket list items and were even more beautiful than I could have imagined primarily because it's not just what you're seeing but what you're hearing--this tour with our guide Charles brought these places to life. Don't miss out on this amazing experience!
Great tour! Wish the price wasn’t so high or we would have used walks of Italy for all our tours!
Our guide Angelo, was the best guide we've ever had. He was very easy to understand. He made so many knowledgeable comments that made it a very pleasurable experience. We learned so much and are thankful that we were lucky enough to have had Angelo as our tour guide.
This was a beautiful introduction to Florence, its history and cultural treasures, with a most knowledgeable guide, Antonio.
We so enjoyed our David and Duomo Tour, the tour was beyond our imagination. We learned so very much and we will definitely use your company in the future.
We loved Teresa's enthusiasm for the tour and the insight she gave us. Glad we had her.
This tour was amazing. Our guide Charlie provided so much information about the people and sites it made everything come alive. The Duomo terrace and dome climb was like icing on a cake. Thanks for making our Florence trip unforgettable!
Antonio was excellent and informative.
We did 3 tours with Walks of Italy and will definitely be using the company again. This specific tour, the guide was very knowledgable and kind.
We really enjoyed our docent Charles. He was very knowledgeable. The breadth and depth of his knowledge was impressive. His manner of presentation was both engaging and entertaining.
Guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
Great time with Angelo. Having done a couple other tours now in Florence, it would be great to have more commentary on the surrounding buildings as we walked form sopt to spot.
Loved this tour completely. The fact that we got into the Accedemia very early gave Angelo lots of time to explain so much about Michelangelo and David all the while without crowds obstructing our views. We were up close and personal with David and it was fantastic. As for the Duomo, what is there to say: Bellissimo! Getting into the museum to see the Gates of Paradise without millions of cruise passengers iin our way was worth the price of admission alone. The Baptistry was beautiful and it was fun going to the top. Great bragging rights. We have now taken 4 Walks of Italy tours and they have all been top notch. We will recommend your company to anyone going to Italy and are glad to know you are in other countries. We will use your services there as well.
Ishmael was very engaging and informative. He kept things moving well without compromising quality.
From the first step to the last, Charles did a splendid job of taking us back to the renaissance. His expertise and story telling ability made this an extremely enjoyable walk through Florence. He is the Michelangelo of tour guides.
Teresa was wonderful. She not just a guide, but was a great storyteller. Loved her and the tour.
I just wish we could have seen more in the Accademia, we only saw David and one other side room. I did not like that 12-15 minutes of the 3 hours were taken up with the group leader leaving us to go get tickets.
Angelo was a fantastic guide. Well done Walks on putting together yet another fabulous tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
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Tour more than lived up to our expectations. Our guide Charles was knowledgeable and passionate about everything but particularly othe part to see the statue of David in Accademia Thanks to you all
Angelo was wonderful! Highly recommend him.
Mat was a fantastic guide. We so appreciated how he presented the information and all the added insights and stories. My eyes filled with tears. It was wonderful.
Angelo was outstanding
I needed to switch my day to the next week and it was a breeze! The tour guide, Theresa, was fantastic and super enthusiastic throughout the entire tour. I highly recommend this company and tour because it gives you special access to the Duomo terrace, which even my Florentine friend had no idea was a possibility! The views of the Duomo from the terrace are beautiful and gets that perfect shot without having to also climb Giotto's Bell Tower.
Our guide was great, he seemed very passionate about everything on our tour. The early entrance to see the David was very worthwhile. Exclusive terrace time at the Duomo was fabulous. Thank you!
What an amazing tour! Costanza was such a great guide, and was very knowledgeable. So grateful that we got to skip the line!
Angelo was great. Informative, entertaining and engaging. Thank you for showing us Florence through the eyes of this most talented mean. Joe.
Matt was wonderful at sharing history and his passion for his beloved city!
Our guide Antonio was knowledgeable and pleasant. He had a sort of quiet intensity that made me feel that he was very passionate about subjects he was telling us about and I enjoyed the tour very much.