Begin your tour by visiting the most important buildings in the heart of Florence. See the Duomo, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, which is a museum containing many of the original works of art created for the cathedral of Florence, and Giotto’s Bell Tower which stands adjacent to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Then, move towards Piazza della Signoria where you can admire the sculpture of David by Michelangelo, placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic's defiance of the tyrannical Medici. Next, visit Ponte Vecchio Bridge, the most famous bridge in Florence and undoubtedly one of the city’s most illustrious landmarks.
Throughout the tour, your professional guide will show you hidden places that most people don’t notice while walking in the city.
Later, all you need to do to complete the experience is a climb to the top of the cupola!
The exterior view of the Cupola is a showstopper but the only way to see the inside of the dome up close and enjoy the extraordinary view of Florence is to climb its 463 steps (there is no elevator).
Your guide will talk you through all about how the Cupola was designed and built by Filippo Brunelleschi who won the competition for its commission in 1418. The way up (and down) are basically tight corridors as the workmen who built the cathedral for maintenance, they were never thought of as being open to the public. On the interior of the dome, you can admire the Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9) up close with an interesting explanation of the frescoes from your guide on your way up to the top.
Look down and on the base, just above the drum, you'll see that Baccio d'Agnolo began adding a balcony in 1507 and how one of the eight sides were unfinished, there's a story behind it, your guide will reveal it to you on your way as to why the work was immediately halted, and to this day the other seven sides remain rough brick! Once you climb to the top of the Cupola, you will be enchanted from the panoramic view of the Florence city in front of your eyes. Your guide will talk about the history and art of this Duomo Square and answer to any of your questions regarding Duomo.
The tour takes about an hour, the perfect amount to listen and climb to the top of Cupola. You can also enjoy the view on your own and spend more time on the top after the tour ends.
Official certified guide
Radio system to hear the guide
Free water bottle at "Hard Rock Cafè" or Gelato at "La Strega Nocciola"
Ticket and the reservation (you can climb the Dome only with RESERVATION)
Entrance ticket to visit the crypt, baptistery, bell tower and the Opera Duomo Museum of the Florence Duomo on your own time
Hotel pick-up and drop off
Food and drinks
Transportation to/from attractions
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
Not recommended for participants with back problems, physically not fit to climb steps, pregnant women and suffering from vertigo, claustrophobia or heart problems
Subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
No Wheelchairs accessible on Cupola
Please note that the tour requires a minimum number of guests to run
Pets are not allowed
You do not need a ticket to visit the Cathedral; you can enter it at any time before or after this tour
After the first validation, the ticket is valid for 72 hours: you can use it to visit locations listed on your own time (the Bell-tower and the crypt inside the cathedral)
Please note that if you arrive after the tour start time you will not be able to join and will not be refunded or have your tour rescheduled
There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund