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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Skip the entrance lines and climb to the top of Brunelleschi's Dome with an expert guide! Majestically dominating the city skyline, the terracotta dome of Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (or Florence Duomo, as it’s more commonly known) is easily Florence's most iconic attraction. After experiencing this masterpiece of architectural genius, take a trip to the Baptistery a most beautiful building dedicated to Saint John that used to baptized Florentine citizens.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Led by a local guide
Walk with your guide to Piazza del Duomo and after weaving your way through the throngs of street musicians, artists and tourists who congregate in this eclectic square, head straight inside Florence Duomo with your skip-the-line entrance ticket.

In peak times, the entrance lines can exceed two hours, so by pre-booking your priority entrance tickets, you'll ensure that you’re spending your time inside this incredible building rather than standing in line!

After explaining the history of the Renaissance dome (known as the cupola) your guide will lead the way straight up its impressive 463-step staircase. Taking roughly 45 minutes, the walk up the steps is not for the faint-hearted! Be prepared for a steep and narrow climb – hard work but most definitely worth it. As you ascend through the ‘onion layers’, or two shells, of the dome, pass fascinating frescoes from esteemed Renaissance artists like Vasari and Zuccari.

Once at the top, enjoy simply incomparable views over Florence and the Tuscan hills. Walk around the dome’s balcony to take photos and soak up the sights, while your guide regales you with tales of Filippo Brunellechi, the talented Renaissance architect who created the dome itself.

After spending roughly 30 minutes at the top, start the careful descent back down the stairs. Relax at the bottom, before heading inside the Baptistery to explore with your guide. Your guided tour ends inside the museum.

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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Close to Piazza della Signoria, in central Florence
Departure Time:
2:30pm
Duration:
2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at the Cathedral Workshop, Florence

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Pricing information

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

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

Inclusions:
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees (Dome and Museum of the Cathedral)
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
    Additional Information:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Good physical condition required
    • Minimum age is 12 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
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    Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: Susan P, January 2017

    Best way to see the Duomo!

    Reviewed by: DeAnn I, December 2016

    Informative guide, got us through the crowds successfully. The dome climb is quite something, around 365 steps? Very tight at the top, not suited for claustrophobic types. The view at the top is worth everything. Highly recommended.