Florence
3.5 hours
Varies
Max 18

Highlights

  • Skip the line and enter the Accademia first thing in the morning or in the afternoon for a more peaceful visit. Beat the crowds to Michelangelo’s David, with ample space to appreciate this Renaissance masterpiece.
  • Get special access to the cathedral's rooftop terraces, rarely visited by the public, on a skip-the-line Florence Duomo tour fit for VIPs.
  • Climb the dome of Florence's cathedral without the hours-long wait for awe-inspiring views over the city.
  • Spend time with a local guide who will bring Florence’s art and architecture to life, illuminating the minds of the masters who created some of the most significant works in the city.

Tour description

Relish the best experience possible at Florence's top attractions, David and the Duomo, in one unforgettable tour.

Florence is a true treasure trove of artistic and architectural marvels, but two attractions stand head and shoulders above the rest: the cathedral (or Duomo) and the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s David. With so much demand, these sites can become crowded, particularly in the summer months.

Luckily, on our most exclusive Florence tour, you won't have to deal with any of that. Combining careful timing, skip-the-line entry, and special access, you'll cross velvet ropes to get up close and personal with the two giants of Florence: David and the Duomo.

Beat the crowds with an early morning or late afternoon tour at the Accademia Gallery.

Your David and Duomo tour is strategically timed to avoid the crowds, starting early with a reservation for the first entrance of the day at the Accademia Gallery or in the afternoon after the masses have departed. This way, you’ll have a little more space to explore not just Michelangelo’s David, but also his unfinished Slaves statues and several other priceless works often overlooked by visitors. With a small group of just 18 people or fewer and headsets for every guest, your Accademia tour will be intimate and your guide easy to interact with.

After the Accademia, you'll head through the Piazza del Duomo where you'll gaze upon the beautiful copper-plated doors of the Florence Baptistery. Soak up the atmosphere and familiarize yourself with the awe-inspiring sights surrounding the piazza before making your way to the ultimate highlight of this VIP experience.

Our Florence Duomo tour gets you to the front of the line—and the top of the dome—without the wait.

The final leg of your visit will be a skip-the-line Duomo tour, where special access will give you more space than the average visitor. The floor of the Duomo has recently been roped off, and while normal visitors circulate on paths around the perimeter of the cathedral, you’ll be ushered through the velvet ropes to wander the space as you wish, getting closer to the details.

Please note: only the morning tour will include a brief visit to the Florence cathedral, while the afternoon tour will enjoy a spectacular view of the cathedral's interior from above as you climb the famous dome.

The cherry on top comes as you ascend to the Duomo’s rooftop terrace for incredible views and an up-close view of Brunelleschi’s enormous dome—the largest brick dome in the world. Due to the incredibly exclusive level of access to this hidden space (very few visitors even know the terrace exists!), you'll have it practically to yourself, with a maximum of just two small tour groups visiting at the same time. Your Florence Duomo tour officially ends here, but from this level of the building, you’ll also have access to a special door from which you can climb to the top of the dome (if you wish) without waiting in line for hours down below.

The views from the terrace are fantastic for examining the Dome itself up close, but from the top of the dome, you’ll see not just Florence, but far beyond 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.

When you depart, you will have gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of Florence's two most iconic attractions, and how each of them fits into the city's centuries of history.

Please note that this description is an example and your experience may vary depending on the season, day of the week, and group size. Regardless of where your tour goes, you always have an excellent experience.

Sites visited

  • Accademia Gallery (Statue of David)
  • Florence Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore) (entrance morning tour only)
  • Baptistery Doors (Gates of Paradise)
  • Dome Terraces
  • Dome Climb

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Ken

Jul 14, 2024

We decided to splurge on this tour, and I’m glad we did. It was worth every penny in every way. Chris is an exceptional tour guide. He is a storyteller who breathes life into the past, animates the inanimate, and awakens the imagination. Thank you, Chris!

Caroline

Jun 09, 2024

Eleanor was highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the art and history on our tour. Great experience!

Lindy

May 18, 2024

Chiara is a fabulous tour guide! Her English is excellent, and she made rhe stories of the artists and the builders of the Duomo come alive.

Philip

Apr 21, 2024

We enjoyed our VIP David & Duomo Tour: Early Accademia Tour & Skip-the-Line Dome Climb with Exclusive Terrace Access. The Accademia visit focused on the works of Michelangelo and was a great lead up to the main event of David. The guide provided useful information and was able to answer our questions. The Duomo was amazing and we really enjoyed the time on the terrace and climb up to the top of the dome. The views are simply stunning! The tickets also allowed up to spend more time in the church, the museum, and crypts for up to 72-hours, which was great. We really enjoyed this tour and would recommend it to anyone wanting to see David and visit the Duomo.

Michelle

Apr 15, 2024

The tour was very well organized and delivered on the promises made in the website listing of the tour. We prefer to use Walks of Italy tours due to the small groups and excellent tour guides. Greta was very well informed on the subject of our tour and made the tour very fun and interesting.

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