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Florence: 1-Hour Cupola Entry and Guided Tour

Product ID: 175803
See the entire city from a single point by climbing to the top of Florence's Dome. Join a guided tour with local expert guides to discover the structure's full history.
About this activity
Duration: 1 hour
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English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a spectacular view of the city
  • Climb to the top of the Cupola, the highest point in Florence
  • See an admirable creation of art by Filippo Brunelleschi
Full description
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.

Discover how the Cupola was designed and built by Brunelleschi in 1418.
Find out why the corridors are so narrow, and admire Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9) on your way up. Look down and on the base, just above the drum, see the balcony started, but never finished, in 1507. Hear about the fascinating story of the balcony and the unfinished eighth side from your guide.

Once you climb to the top of the Cupola, you will be enchanted by 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 any of your questions regarding Duomo.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Ticket and the reservation to climb the Dome
  • The Cupola Climb is through the dedicated reservation line
  • Official certified guide
  • Radio system to hear the guide
  • Entrance ticket to the crypt, baptistery, bell tower and the Opera Duomo Museum of the Florence Duomo.
  • Other inclusions as per the tour options selected. More details of the inclusions are mentioned under the option description
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Entrance to the Cathedral (it is free of charge)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with claustrophobia
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with vertigo

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the Lindt Chocolate Shop Firenze. Please be at the meeting point 20-minutes before departure time in order to avoid any delays.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
• Minimum numbers apply
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• Not recommended for participants with back problems, physically not fit to climb steps, pregnant women, or those suffering from vertigo, claustrophobia, or heart problems
• Not wheelchair accessible
• No elevators are accessible on this tour
• Pets are not allowed
• The guided tour to climb the Cupola will take around 1 hour
• The tour will be conducted in English or in the language selected
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From US$ 76.05 US$ 60.84 per person

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 498 reviews

Review summary

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    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Our tour guide, Giacomo, was fantastic. Both knowledgeable and courteous. He is an architect himself so he explained many elements of the church and the dome in great detail. Spoke loud enough for all of us to hear clearly which is usually an issue on crowded tours. Would recommend to anyone visiting Florence.

January 7, 2020

I cannot recommend this tour enough. Our guide, Thomas, was extremely friendly, approachable, and above all, knowledgeable about not only the duomo and Brunelleschi's dome, but the entire city of Florence. He gave all kinds of insights, tricks, and tips to see the best the city has to offer. I learned so much during this 1-hour tour, and I would never have known any of the stories and insights into what made Florence so great if I had just seen the dome on my own without a tour. I am telling you, I was skeptical at first of this tour, but it is completely worth the money and actually I will recommend to any of my friends visiting Florence to take this tour as well because I learned so much. The duomo and the fresco inside the dome as well as the view of the city are unmatched. Book this tour ASAP!

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November 1, 2019

Leonardo was a first rate guide with a number of details on the Duomo and city - such as the inside story of the Medici family. He was supportive of the groups capability on the numerous steps as well - none of us were 21 any more. I like something physical every day - apart from walking - and this tour was a great choice. Leonardo also alerted us to the Opera of the Duomo museum, a carefully curated and “uncrowded” destination just adjacent to the Duomo. We loved it.

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October 29, 2019

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Product ID: 175803