1. Italy
  2. Tuscany
  3. Florence
  4. Florence Cathedral

Florence: Cathedral, Dome and Terraces Guided Tour

Product ID: 57419
Certified
Enjoy panoramic views of the “Cradle of Renaissance” on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Florence Duomo. Learn the secrets of the marble monument, and climb to the high terraces and top of the dome for an up-close look at Brunelleschi’s cupola.
About this activity
Duration: 1.5 hours
Starting time 2:30 PM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:

Loading...

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the long lines to admire the majesty of the Florence Cathedral
  • Climb the northern terrace of the Duomo’s rooftop
  • Get up close to Brunelleschi's cupola and dome
Full description
Discover a masterpiece of art and architecture on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Duomo in Florence, including access to Brunelleschi cupola and red-tiled dome.

Skip the long lines with an exclusive pass, and follow your guide inside the ancient cathedral of Florence. See frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, admire the colossal clock by Paolo Uccello, and discover the beauty of the marble floor with its intricate patterns. Walk among the ruins and admire the floor's fine polychrome mosaic with its geometrical decorations.

Then, climb the northern terrace of the Duomo’s rooftop. Crawl through the narrow and open air corridors that have been closed to the public for centuries. Enjoy a breathtaking panorama that will take your breath away. End your tour with an exclusive visit to a circular room full of old statues that used to adorn the façade of the Duomo. See the restoration work in action as the craftsmen work with their spatulas and chisels, still dirty and smelling of stucco.
Includes
  • Guide
  • Guided tour of the Duomo with skip-the-line access
  • Guided tour on the northern terrace of the Duomo’s rooftop
  • Skip-the-line and reserved access to Brunelleschi Cupola
  • Duomo complex ticket valid for 72 hours to visit the Duomo Museum, the Baptistery, and the Bell Tower
What’s Not Included
  • Pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Piazza San Giovanni, 7 Black, right on the side of the Baptistery next to the Buca San Giovanni restaurant

Open in Google Maps ⟶
Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• With regret, this tour is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or with impaired mobility
• Entrance to the Duomo requires a strict dress code. The tour operator cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress. Please make sure your shoulders and knees are covered
• Please note that you must climb 153 steps to reach the terraces, a further 310 to reach Brunelleschi's dome, and a total of 414 to reach Giotto's Bell Tower
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 145 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
Sort by

This was a fun experience. The guide was informative and entertaining (she had a lovely dry wit which I thoroughly enjoyed.) I was able to appreciate the experience more from her analysis of the architecture, historical context and art work because, on first entry, I was rather stunned by how underwhelming it was by comparison to other churches I have visited in Florence specially and Italy more widely. The dome, of course, was a monumental piece of art, and the climb to the terraces and the dome itself brought breath-taking views of the city. However, the price of the ticket was pretty steep given the rather brief experience!

Read more

November 5, 2019

The guide was amazing! Full of facts and Energy. Lucked out with weather ..the view was not to be missed. I'm so glad I finally went inside the cathedral too. 4th trip here. Lines are always so long ...but late September wasn't too bad. There is always a line due to security ..which is great. The cathedral is excavated below and it was super interesting..... Always good the go with Get your Guide!

Read more

October 2, 2019

What an amazing tour!

Our tour guide was awesome. We went on the 2:30 2 hour tour on 6/22 with our tour guide and she was fantastic. Don’t remember her name but I think it started with an M. She did a fantastic job, was easy to understand, very knowledgeable and waited for everyone to be around her before she spoke.

June 23, 2018

Organized by

Ciaoflorence Tours & Travel

Product ID: 57419