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Skip the line: Duomo Skywalk - Florence Heaven

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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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.

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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 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
    A great experience
    Oliver_H
    , Jun 2022
    Greta our guide was extremely informative without overloading us. She had excellent English and a friendly manner.
    star-5
    CLIMB TO THE TOP! WORTH IT!
    MATTHEW_B
    , Jun 2022
    It was HOT. Still, worth the climb. Breaks in-between one section of the climb and the next makes this climb doable for people who are (1) not claustrophobic and (2) in GOOD shape. If you cannot honestly say you are both #1 and #2, do NOT do this tour. Having said that, it was fun and exciting with a good tour guide to give us historic references and point out the details of the cathedral and dome paintings as well as landmarks once we made it to the top outside the dome. I did not feel rushed at any point during the tour and I was able to enjoy the entire experience. I highly recommend this for adventurers! On an aside, I had to go back to FLORENCETOWN TOURS MAIN OFFICE a day later because I wanted to see the other sites at the Duomo (Baptistry, Museum of the Duomo) - which you can do UP TO 72 HOURS after your initial visit. Since the tour guide did not give me my original ticket, The office staff were very kind and accommodating and reprinted my ticket for me so I was able to finish out the attraction. KUDOS!
    star-5
    Incredible views and friendly tour guide.
    Melissa_S
    , Jun 2022
    Could not recommend this enough. Our tour guide Freddie was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. We had plenty of time inside the Duomo, climbing the steps to the terraces, seeing the views and then climbing to the top of the dome. This is well worth doing as it is just the tour group out on the terraces, which afford some incredible views. The views from the top of the dome are also amazing but this is also open to the public so it is very crowded. Overall, this was worth every penny.
    star-4
    Worthy experience
    Sarah_P
    , Jun 2022
    This was a good tour - I would have preferred an art historian / architecture /historian tour guide as the guide was minimally knowledgeable about art, but overall the experience of climbing to the top of the dome was really great
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Greta was such a...
    Gricel_A
    , Jun 2022
    Greta was such a knowledgeable and passionate guide, it is definitely worth waking up early. I would absolutely recommend this tour, it was one of my favorite in Florence.
    star-5
    Fabulous tour with amazing views. Worth climbing the stairs!
    April_S
    , Jun 2022
    This tour is well worth the effort to climb up the stairs. The views are amazing and stopping at three different levels throughout the dome was well spaced. Each location offered interesting view points and our guide provided info-history along the way. The steps are plenty, but the stops along the way make them easier to take on. The last block of steps up to the top were the most narrow and steep, but really not too bad at all. The view from the top is stunning!
    star-5
    Scary but worth it!
    Amanda_H
    , Jun 2022
    The tour guide on this tour was phenomenal. This tour was challenging for me as I am terrified of hights, but I’m glad that I did it. Getting a different view and perspective was inspiring and stimulating.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Amazing views
    Adam_N
    , Jun 2022
    Our tour guide, Micheal was great. Really informative and entertaining. Explained loads about the history of Florence as well as the things we observed on the tour. The views are absolutely amazing and definitely worth the climb
    star-5
    Our guide was terrific...
    Anne_W
    , May 2022
    Our guide was terrific and the experience was wonderful. We learned so much more as part of a tour relative to trying the Duomo tour on our own.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Perfect
    Harut_G
    , May 2022
    Great tour guide. Very knowledgeable… long way to go to the top but worth every minute. Beautiful view.
    star-5
    Enjoyable climb to heaven.
    Thomas_E
    , May 2022
    The climb up was not as stressful as you stopped twice to enjoy the view before the top. Much history of the dome was presented and the passageway was comfortable with temperature and light.
    star-5
    Wow!
    Alison_A
    , May 2022
    This was such a fantastic thing to do! Our guide Laura was very good, knowledgeable and clearly loves her city. The ‘skip the line’ element was great. The inside of the Duomo is fascinating and brought to life by Laura who was very informative. Then there was the climb…. this wasn’t as hard as we’d imagined as it is broken up into stages, so only about 150 steps in one go. In between, Laura explained all about the dome’s construction, the frescoes etc. The final part is quite narrow and steep, but the current one way system makes it ok, even if you’re not a fan of confined spaces. There are opportunities to stop the climb at any point and go back down, but the view from the top is amazing so stick with the climb if you can. A great and unique experience.
    star-5
    A Must!
    Tom_B
    , May 2022
    Awesome tour. Our guide Marta did a great job explaining everything, very friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend!! The warning about the number of steps is true, alot of stairs to climb, some steep, but well worth it.
    star-5
    Amazing
    Dustin_O
    , May 2022
    A remarkable tour that was informative and thoughtful. We were able to experience everything at a nice pace and enjoyed the history.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Best tour ever !
    Andrea_C
    , May 2022
    Excellent! Francesca was amazing !! She has so much knowledge to share !! It’s 463 steps to the top but It is worth all the effort !! Just bring in the top of the cúpula it’s an incredible experience !
    star-5
    Fun in Florence
    Scott_L
    , May 2022
    Lisa was amazing. There were some intoxicated people in the group which she handled with grace. Lisa was very knowledgeable and a great guide!
    star-3
    Late & incomplete description.
    MaryAnn_D
    , May 2022
    Tour did not start on time - 20 minutes late with everyone standing in the sun on the street waiting. While there was reference to the 465 steps, it should be mentioned earlier in description, not in handicapped section. Also, there was no mention of extreme tightness & claustrophobic climb.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Dear MaryAnn, thank you for joining a Florenctown experience. We are sorry that you had not completely read the tour details and were not aware of the steps. They are listed in different sections of the tour page. Regarding the 20 minutes delay, it was actually only 5 minutes: we ask to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time, so that we can make sure everybody is there at the tour starting time. On your tour departure, we unfortunately had to wait 5 more minutes for some late comers. This is the maximum time we allow and, although we are aware that some people on time might be a little annoyed by this, we feel it's a right amount of time to let everybody enjoy the experience they booked. I'm sure everybody has experienced being a little (very little) late due to something not depending on them, and I am sure you agree with me that losing a tour just for being 3 or 4 minutes late would certainly be very frustrating. All this said, we invite you to experience some other Florencetown tour so that you can have a wider perspective on the quality we deliver. Best regards Edoardo
    star-5
    A fantastic trip around the Duomo
    Debra_S
    , May 2022
    A fantastic trip around the Duomo. The guide, Francesca was so knowledgeable and interesting to listen to.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Just do it!
    Brenda_L
    , May 2022
    Extraordinary lifetime experience! We really enjoyed this. Sara was a great guide and very personable and knowledgeable. It’s not an easy climb, but definitely worth it. Sara went at a slow and steady pace. We are in our late 50’s and had no issues. Being so close to the frescos is incredible and the view at the top was worth every step. Highly recommend.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Great tour and guide!...
    Deirdre_B
    , Apr 2022
    Great tour and guide! Really enjoyed it! Lovely! You can see so far and the guide pointed out everything in Florence from the top! Gave great advice

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