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Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb

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Firenze, Italy
Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb

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Overview

Travel to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, Florence’s most iconic attraction, with this skip-the-line entrance ticket and tour. Follow your guide through the cathedral for an exclusive close-up view of the dome. Explore passages closed to the public and get a magnificent look at the city skyline.
  • Enjoy a guided visit to the Cathedral, the Dome, and the Baptistery
  • Head inside areas of the Duomo not open to the public
  • See panoramic views of Florence from the top of Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Maximum of 16 people for a more intimate experience
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Skip-the-Line Duomo tickets
Guided tour of the interior and roof
Gratuities
Via dei Cimatori, 9R , Via dei Cimatori, 9R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

YOUR TOUR MEETS AT OUR SHOP: Located at Via dei Cimatori 9 Red, 950122 Florence. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour departure.

1:45 PM
Piazza del Duomo , Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Meet your guide at a central meeting point and head over to the bustling square of the Duomo. In peak time, the entrance lines to the Florence Duomo can take over two hours, but you enjoy priority access with your skip-the-line ticket and head straight inside.

Hear the fascinating history behind the dome before beginning the ascent up its 463 steps—expect a steep climb. As you travel up, admire the frescoes from Renaissance artists like Zuccari and Vasari on the two shells of the dome.

Then, arrive at the top and enjoy the reward for all your hard work. Stroll along the cupola’s balcony to soak up 360-degree views of Florence and the Tuscan hills stretched out below. Your guide provides insightful background on Filippo Brunelleschi, the architect behind this Renaissance masterpiece.

Before parting ways with your guide, receive tickets to the museum to continue exploring independently.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
Learn about the construction of the Duomo, its architectonical style and the important events that happened inside there. Admire the Dome from a special point of view and the panorama over Florence. Climb to the top of the dome and hear about the construction of the Dome and admire the best panorama over the city.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piazza del Duomo
View the Duomo from the outside.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
Learn about the masterpieces of the museum - such as the original doors of the Baptistery, Pietà by Michelangelo, Mary Magdalene by Donatello.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Good physical condition required
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Good walking shoes required
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Italy Segway Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb.

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  • "Bring water, it is a long, hot hike in the summer." See review
  • "It may be not suitable for those with bad legs on a tour that goes up about 400 to 500 stairs of Duomo." See review
  • "Meeting spot a little off the beaten path so give time to find the location." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Awesome!
Marcy_F
, Oct 2021
I am so glad we included this activity in our visit to Venice. Incredible!! The views were so worth the climb!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Grazie Marcy!
star-5
Unforgettable
Joann_C
, Oct 2021
This was our second visit to the dome with Viator and we would go again. Our guide was very informative. The close up look at the ceiling after half the climb was amazing. The view of Florence from the top was unforgettable. Brunelleschi's design was genius.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Grazie Joann, but just to point out that your trip was with us at Fat Tire Tours, Viator is only a reseller of our amazing activities
star-5
Excellent tour and great climb
Deborah_K
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide was excellent. Very informative! Her knowledge of the Duomo was great, and she provided very detailed information regarding the history and frescos. Information regarding the restoration was very interesting. Great tour and the view was worth the climb!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Grazie Debora!
star-5
Wow!
Roy_B
, Oct 2021
What a great experience and what a view! We first received an overview at the museum. Then we climbed the dome with our guide who gave us bits of info along the way. After the dome climb, we were able to go to the Baptistery on our own. Fascinating tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Grazie Roy! We have tried to construct the tour from the foundation up so that by the time you are climbing through the dome you already appreciate the significance of it... and then the view is the icing on the cake :)
star-5
Florence from way up
Renato_A
, Oct 2021
Benedicta gave us a wonderful tour starting at the museum then way up to the rooftop. Though it’s a rough climb the view is all worth it. Will definitely give it a try again as long as I’m able.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Grazie Renato! We love Bene :)
star-5
Unforgettable.
Benjamin_S
, Sep 2021
Easy going guide. Small group tour. Though I could only go up to where you get close to the Dome's frescoes (the top my niece went to) I enjoyed this tour just the same. The length of time spent on this tour was just right.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Grazie Ben!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
dome clime
joegriesgraber
, Sep 2021
the line for the Duomo is VERY long.. and bypassing it was very nice. the dome climb is similar to others (Notre Dame) but the views are excellent. the guide (Guido) was outstanding. very nice guy... he even offered to meet up the next day and do a private tour around Florence. Very good experience. if you are claustrophobic or are not in the best shape.. this is not the tour for you.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Grazie Joe!
star-4
Breathtaking climb
Jim_J
, Sep 2021
Headsets were great. Some tours have unreliable equipment. Our guide was knowledgeable but not that great at handling a group of 14. She often spoke only to those close to her. Duomo museum was good and climb was doable but guide was too fast for some of the group. By the time they arrived up top and recovered guide was ready to leave.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Jim, the thanks for the kind words. Navigating a group through the underside of the dome and out onto the cupola presents challenges for sure, especially when we have a very tight schedule set for us by the Cathedral management. We do our best to give special attention to every member of the group, but it sounds like this time we could have done better. We are always looking for ways to improve!
star-2
Frankly speaking I didn't...
Tomasz_B
, Sep 2021
Frankly speaking I didn't learn more that what I have already read in any Florence guidebooks. You can do the same tour by yourself - just buy the tickets to the Duomo, the museum which just behind it and a guidebook... and read! :)
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Tomass, I am sorry that you did not feel like the tour was worth it for you. While of course it's true that almost all information is available in books, our guides are professionally licensed Tour Guides who have spent years studying the long and rich history of Florence to be able to share it with our guests in a fun and accessible way. They are also available to answer any and all questions that you might have in order to fill in gaps in your knowledge. We are proud of this tour and the hundreds of 5 star reviews from happy customers, but our goal is to delight every single guest we have on tour and clearly we failed to do so this time and for that I am sorry.
star-3
Started out rough but finished excellently
Judi_P
, Sep 2021
It was impossible to find the meeting location. Nowhere in the booking information was there any mention of a tour company other than Viator. Fat Tire stouts was the operator. We ran all Over the center of the city trying to find the meeting point. A map, phone number and name of the tour company could have made this a 6 star adventure. Our guide, Andrea, was excellent. He had great delivery skills and was knowledgeable and entertaining. Definitely would recommend to friends and family but suggest you do better with making sure your clients have all the needed information to make the experience amazing from beginning to end.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Judi, thank you for the kind words about Andrea and our tour to the top of the Cathedral. Here at Fat Tire Tours we are lucky to have the best guides in Florence and Andrea in particular is a master at bringing the history to life in a way that is fascinating for all ages and backgrounds. The meeting point address (2mins from the Cathedral) is listed on the voucher from Viator, and if you click into it, there is a map to our shop which is how all the other guests on the full-capacity tour found it ok and on time. I agree with you that it should be visible without a click, but that is not something that we can control. It seems that you felt that Viator did a poor job of displaying that info and as a consequence gave us 3 stars for a tour that you clearly loved. Now that you know where we are, please contact us directly if you would like to join another tour or if there is anything else that we can do to help make your stay in Florence fun and fulfilling!

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