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Skip the line: Duomo Skywalk - Florence Heaven

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Visit Florence Duomo with a skip-the-line ticket, and enjoy exclusive access to the terraces for panoramic views of the city. After touring the cathedral, you’ll make your way up the staircase and along corridors that have been closed to the public for centuries. Stand on the terraces as you learn about Brunelleschi, the dome’s architect, then continue to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, if you wish.
  • Tour of Florence Duomo and the terraces
  • Skip the main entrance lines with a fast-track ticket
  • See frescoes by Vasari with a guide as you explore the cathedral
  • Head to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, if you wish

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Climb as high as you want on this special-access tour, from exclusive terraces to the very top of the Duomo.
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English speaking fully licensed Art & History guide
Guided tour of the Cathedral (skip the line)
Exclusive opening of the Duomo terraces
Climb on top of Brunelleschi's Dome (skip the line)
Earphones for bigger groups
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Via dei Lamberti, 1 , Via dei Lamberti, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

    Meet your tour leader, 15 minutes before departure, in front of Florencetown Headquarter Via de' Lamberti 1 Firenze

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore , Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

    ATTENTION THIS MEETING POINT IS VALID ONLY FOR THE EXCLUSIVE FIRST ENTRANCE OPTION "AWAKENING THE DUOMO" Meet your tour leader at 6.30 in front of Florence Cathedral main entrance

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore , Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
    Meet your guide at Florence’s Piazza della Repubblica. With your skip-the-line ticket in hand, make your way past the general entrance lines outside Florence Duomo, and head inside the famous place of worship.

    Also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo is one of the world’s largest churches. Hear fun facts about its history as you admire Paolo Uccello’s clock and frescoes by Giorgio Vasari.

    Next, you’ll head up the staircase, making your way through corridors that have been off-limits to the public for centuries. When you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with views over the city from the terraces—more than 100 feet (32 meters) above ground level. Hear how Brunelleschi created the dome without the use of scaffolding, a feat that defied the traditional rules of architecture.

    If you want to climb even higher, then head up to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome. Your skip-the-line ticket gives you access to the vantage point at the highest level of the church.

    Your tour finishes inside the church, but you can stay inside for longer if you like. Your ticket also grants access to the Great Museum of the Cathedral, Florence Baptistery, the Great Museum of the Duomo, and Giotto’s Bell Tower. Attractions must be visited within 48 hours of your tour.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
    The group will enter in the Duomo, then it will climb in order to reach the exclusive terraces first (153 steps) and then the very top of the Brunelleschi's Cupola (310 steps).
    Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Cupola del Brunelleschi
    climb the Dome and admire the breath taking panorma of Florence city center
    Duration: 40 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • We regret to inform that this tour is not suitable for guests with wheelchairs or with impaired mobility.
    • 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.
    • Comfortable shoes suggested.
    • Please note the number of steps to reach the top of each monument: Terraces: 153 and Terraces + Brunelleschi's Dome: 153 + 310
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Florencetown
    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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the line: Duomo Skywalk - Florence Heaven?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Skip the line: Duomo Skywalk - Florence Heaven.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Skip the line: Duomo Skywalk - Florence Heaven?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Skip the line: Duomo Skywalk - Florence Heaven.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the line: Duomo Skywalk - Florence Heaven?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Skip the line: Duomo Skywalk - Florence Heaven.

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    star-5
    Outstanding tour.
    Peter_S
    , Aug 2022
    Amazing. We were the first visitors in the Cathedral and Baptistery and the first to reach the top of the dome. Our guide, Chiara, was friendly, well spoken and extremely knowledgeable. I recommend this tour to everyone.
    star-5
    Amazing experience. The only way to avoid crowds
    Kimberly_M
    , Aug 2022
    This is the way to see the Duomo! We were the first inside the buildings and to the top. It was exceptional. Francesca is an excellent guide and led us brilliantly. Her care was lovely. The depth of knowledge was impressive. This tour is everything they say and more.
    star-5
    Great Way to Begin Your Day
    leeddanner
    , Aug 2022
    As a retired structural engineer, this was one of my most anticipated events of my 3 weeks in Europe. The small group met at 645 to view the ceremonial opening of the Duomo and Baptistry with ornate skeleton keys. Then we enjoyed pastry and coffee before beginning our up 463 steps placed over 550 years ago. Francesca was a wonderful, patient and informative guide. The view of Florence was fantastic, and since we were the first group to climb to the portico, we had about 15 alone at the top before the crowds began to join us.
    star-5
    Tour was amazing!
    wendi_r
    , Aug 2022
    This tour was amazing! So neat to be the first ones to go into the chapel and climb the Duomo. The climb was tough but definitely worth the view at the top. We were the first ones to get up there so we had some private time for great photo opportunities. It gets hot in the staircase and you should bring water. Our tour guide was very personal
    star-5
    Professional, excellent, and high value.
    Jeffrey_C
    , Aug 2022
    The tour guide was professional and excellent, taking care of everyone from young (children) to seniors. The cut-in-line service was the best! She was one of the best tour guides that we have interacted with. Definitely recommended.
    star-5
    Well worth getting up early for
    Adrian_A
    , Aug 2022
    The whole tour was excellent well worth the early morning start to avoid the crowds. A small group of 14 was great and tour guide Laura was both informative and friendly
    star-4
    Six feet separate the two shells…
    Geoffrey_H
    , Jul 2022
    The climb between the shells of the Duomo was less claustrophobic than the corresponding portion of the climb inside St. Peter’s in Rome. Well worth the effort. A bit too intimidating for my wife, though.
    star-5
    Early morning alone at the top of the Duomo!
    John_A
    , Jul 2022
    Absolutely the best tour we did in all of Italy! This was the early morning with breakfast tour. We were the FIRST inside the Duomo. We were the FIRST to climb the dome and had about 10 minutes at the top with only our group of 10! WOW! Worth it. The lines later to get into the Duomo were LONG and the same to climb the dome. Our tour guide was amazing and really gave us so much information! This is a MUST DO! Worth the early morning rise. Top Notch!
    star-5
    Excellent tour guide!!!
    zuke74
    , Jul 2022
    Very knowledgeable and friendly guide, the tour was great, even with the heat outside, the temperature inside cathedral was not bad.
    star-5
    Great tour!
    GRACE_D
    , Jul 2022
    Our guide, Martini, was amazing. So well educated and engaging. We really enjoyed the tour and 100% recommend
    star-5
    Worth the early wake up!
    Todd_B
    , Jul 2022
    To see the church when it first opens and get to the top of the dome before Florence wakes up was one of the highlights of our trip. Laura was a wonderful guide.
    star-5
    The tour guide is very...
    Ping_W
    , Jul 2022
    The tour guide is very knowledgeable. She is also very resourceful and considerate. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in architecture, arts and history of Florence.
    star-5
    Picturesque
    Chavel
    , Jul 2022
    I’ve been to Florence several times and this was the first time that I experienced the Duomo Skywalk. Once at the top, it’s an amazing view of the entire city. The hike to the top is only for the fit and those who are not bothered by confined spaces.
    star-5
    Excellent views
    Lars_C
    , Jul 2022
    Guide was lovely and very knowledgeable. She was also very helpfull for some that could not make the climb to the top. Amazing views and worth every step to the top of Duomo
    star-1
    Do not use this company
    Juan_U
    , Jul 2022
    The bus from the ship left a bit late and also had to take a different route due to an accident. I emailed the people over the tour and this is what they replied “ Dear Juan, unfortunately according to our policy we cannot move your reservation to a different day, using the credit of the booking. If you wish to join our tour you should pay the full amount again. For further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us. Kind regards Florencetown team” I emailed them 3 times and this is the only email I received from them. This was a once in a lifetime experience, $300 down the drain. I would not recommend this company.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Early Morning Gem
    Ruth_R
    , Jul 2022
    Great opportunity to see the Duomo before the crowds hit. Greta was awesome. Great time along the way from bottom to top with incredible Florence vistas.
    star-5
    Wonderful experience, great guide
    Donna_L
    , Jul 2022
    Our tour guide, Francesca, was very charming and knowledgeable. I like that she asked us questions and made the tour interactive. She spoke great English and was easy to understand.
    star-5
    Great Experience
    Kiley_Y
    , Jul 2022
    Great experience! We did not struggle to find the meeting location and our guide was very informative. She was upbeat and energetic and passionate about what she was talking about. The view was unbelievable and highly suggest climbing to the top!
    star-5
    Moment in History
    William_C
    , Jul 2022
    Amazing tour that inserts you directly into history. Use restroom before as there aren’t any on 2.5 hour tour. Could be beneficial to see Duomo Museum before tour for better context.
    star-5
    Duomo climb
    Schanesta_S
    , Jul 2022
    Highly recommend! Such a beautiful church and Baptistery! Loved being there when they opened the doors and being inside with any other tourist!! Wonderful experience!!

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