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Firenze, Italy
David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore Florence art and architecture on a tour that gets you skip-the-line access to the Accademia Gallery and the Duomo. See Michelangelo’s ‘David’ in the uncrowded, morning hours, then get an in-depth tour of the Duomo, including the Duomo Museum, the Duomo Terraces, without waiting in line. This tour includes all entrance fees, and is limited to 15 people for a personalized experience.
  • Small-group Accademia and Duomo tour
  • Skip-the-line access at both locations
  • See two Florentine highlights
  • Small group ensures personal service
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Skip the line tickets to the Accademia Gallery
Special access to the Duomo Terraces
Skip the line access to climb the dome
Headsets (when needed)
Expert English-speaking guide
Small group of 15 pax per guide
Gratuities
Piazza San Marco , Piazza San Marco, Firenze FI, Italy

The tour meets in Piazza San Marco, by the statue in the middle of the square. This is a centrally-located square adjacent to Via degli Arazzieri and Via Giorgio la Pira, about 1/3 mile north of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral.

9:00 AM
Piazza del Duomo , Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Duomo Terraces

Make your way to the Piazza San Marco, where you’ll meet your guide. Walk right past the long lines at the Accademia Gallery, and visit one of the museum’s most iconic masterworks: the David, a longtime symbol of the small (but mighty) Florentine Republic. You’ll also have time to explore some of Michelangelo’s unfinished sculptures, The Slaves, which offer a fascinating insight into the artist’s creation process.

Continue to the Duomo Baptistry to see its famous doors, replicas of the originals, which you’ll see later in the Duomo Museum. Learn stories about the members of the powerful Medici family that were baptized here, and see some of the Duomo’s exquisite artwork.

The next stop is the Duomo Museum, which offers a glimpse of how the Cathedral’s original façade once looked, and contains masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello. Walk past the lines into the Duomo itself, where you’ll have special access to a room of statues from the Cathedral’s original façade. This tour also gets you pass the velvet ropes, so you can take in the Cathedral’s remarkable detailing up close.

Finish the tour with a once-in-a-lifetime experience: skip the lines for the Duomo Terraces, and climb all the way to the top for panoramic views of Florence. This tour concludes at the Duomo Terraces.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Galleria dell'Accademia
You’ll start first thing in the morning, meeting your local expert guide and small group of 15 people or fewer outside the Accademia. Before the daytime crowds show up, you’ll head in to marvel at Michelangelo’s ‘David’ as well as his unfinished sculptures known as ‘Slaves’ which give incredible insight into the mind of the great artist.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
You’ll skip lines into the Duomo where you’ll have special access to a room filled with original statues from the cathedral’s facade. Your guide will bring the unbelievable history of the Duomo’s construction to life as you explore the building. Your special access extends to the Cathedral itself, where you’ll step over the velvet ropes to see details up close.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Duomo
The pinnacle of your tour is the once-in-a-lifetime experience: climb to the Duomo Terraces, all the way to the top for panoramic views of Florence.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that guests can only carry small handbags inside the Accademia. Larger backpacks and big pointy umbrellas are not allowed. Please also note there is no cloakroom inside the Accademia Gallery.
  • Please remember that the Duomo (Cathedral) is a holy place and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Due to conditions inside the Duomo (463 steps and fairly narrow), wheelchairs, those with limited mobility, and anyone with claustrophobia cannot be accommodated on this tour.
  • Guests may be asked to go through security on this tour.
  • We ask all guests (including children) bring ID on the day of their tour.
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece
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 face masks and attendee health during David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb?
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 David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The climb up the Duomo is a little rough but if you take it slow and steady it’s not too bad and the view at the top is worth every step!" See review
  • "The climb to the top is hard but worth the trip!" See review
  • "As other reviews state it’s worth it getting up early to get to the academy before the crowds." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
A great tour!
kathydrolet
, May 2022
We thought the guide, Matt was exceptional! He had just the right amount of humor and knowledge and was very enjoyable throughout. Thank you and please pass along our appreciation!
star-5
Excellent tour
Nitin_G
, May 2022
Liked the guide Klass. Very personable and knowledgeable. Would recommend this tour. Climb up the Duomo is worth the effort.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worth the Climb
Janine_P
, May 2022
Our guide was great!! He explained historic events as stories, not like encyclopedia text. The climb is challenging, but there are opportunities to pull off to the side and rest and regain your breath.
star-5
David and Duomo experience!
Scott_K
, May 2022
amazing tour and amazing guide!! skips right to the front of the line! no long waits, and super easy instructions to meet the guides.
star-5
A morning at the Duomo
Trevor_S
, May 2022
Viola was a very informative and charming tour guide. She was well versed in the history of Florence as well as the Duomo. By The Way, take the hike to the top of the dome. You will not be disappointed.
star-5
Fantastic tour with great views!
Michael_Y
, May 2022
My wife and I had a great experience on this tour during a recent trip to Florence! Our guide was extremely personable and knowledgeable, and obviously very passionate about the art, history, and culture of this beautiful city. We absolutely loved the views from the top of the Duomo. Highly recommend!
star-5
Good first look at the must see
Denis_L
, May 2022
Very interesting, the tour started a few minutes late but rapidly we were back on track. Angela was very interesting. We wished we could have seen a little more in the museum
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour to see David and climb the Duomo without waiting in huge lines
Mark_J
, May 2022
My wife, daughter and I had a great time on our tour of the Accademia to see the David statue, and then climb to the top of the Duomo -- a must-do for a great view! Our guide, Viola, was very friendly and knowledgeable. This tour is the best because (1) you get access to a terrace not open to regular tours half-way up to the top of the dome for great photos of the city and (2) skip-the-line access saved so much time! Definitely worth the extra cost. Highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Best tour ever
John_H
, May 2022
Our guide, Angelo, was so knowledgeable about the history of everything we saw. He really brought Michelangelo, the statues, David, and the Duomo to life for us
star-5
Great tour!
Michael_L
, May 2022
Angelou was a great tour guide. He was very charismatic and knowledgeable. Made sure everyone had a chance to ask questions. Climb to the top of the Duomo was a long but totally worth it.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Micheal_L, Thank you for reviewing our David and Duomo with Angelo. We are so glad to read you had such a lovely time together and that he gave you the time to ask all your questions. Looking forward to walking again with you soon! Sincerely,
star-5
A great time!
Taylor_F
, May 2022
Guides were very knowledgeable and it was amazing skipping the line for the cathedral. Make sure you go to the top- it’s scary but so worth it!
star-5
Great Tour!
Lisa_M
, May 2022
The tour was excellent, Angelo knew so much and was funny and entertaining! We didn’t wait at all and were able to get premier access to museum and church!
star-4
Michaelangelo's David...
Leslie_R
, May 2022
Our guide Ismail was absolutely wonderful describing the beauty and movement of Michaelangelo's David as well as other sculptures in the Academia. He opens your eyes to see David in different perspectives to help you understand the masterpiece in front of you. Marvelous experience.
star-5
Amazing! Seeing...
Anonymous
, May 2022
Amazing! Seeing Michaelangelos David was quite an experience and Chiara, our guide, was informative and made it very interesting! We climbed to the top of the Duomo! Again, amazing!
star-5
Wowza!
apschofield302
, May 2022
David speaks for himself. He is simply beautiful. The second half of this booking is not for the faint of heart, weak knee’d or those with claustrophobia or a fear of heights. But- if you’re looking for a breathtaking view of Florence & a peek into art & history, the duomo tour, hike up the narrow staircase, along the dome walls & out onto the rooftop terrace is FABULOUS. Our guide, Giada, was wonderful. She was warm, informative, enthusiastic and organized. Absolutely recommend!
star-5
Great experience - strongly recommend
Lucas_S
, May 2022
It was a great overall experience. We were led by two tour guides, one of the gave us a more historic perspective, the other one a more subjective view which helped close the loop.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Yes you can do it…..
Steve_R
, Apr 2022
Excellent experience climbing and reaching the top of the dome. I did wonder whether or not I would be able to do this, I’m not in great shape. It’s worth pointing out that the climb is really broken down into three stages, and you can take it at your own pace but ultimately it is worth it. Both guides where great but special mention to the Serbian guide (Nedu) who showed us around the Accademia.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent experience
Alina_R
, Apr 2022
We had an amazing experience touring the academia museum with our tour guide, Roberto. He was so knowledgeable about not only the David, but also everything else in the museum. It was nice getting to see some of Michelangelo’s unfinished sculptures and learning the context surrounding them. We also spent plenty of time at the David and Roberto helped us look at it with an artistic eye. We got so much more out of the visit because of having a tour guide. He also gave us an opportunity to visit the gift shop at the end. Highly recommend!!
star-5
Great tour!
Michelle_R
, Apr 2022
This was an excellent tour. Our tour guide, Jada, was excellent and knowledgeable. The early access tour gave us the opportunity to see The David practically alone which was a definite plus. The Duomo terrace access for our group only was another plus. The Duomo dome climb offers amazing views. Great tour and highly recommend taking it.
star-5
A must-do tour: well-planned and delivered by top-quality guides
Gwen_L
, Apr 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed this 2-part brilliant tour at Academia (guided by Sara) and at Duomo (guided by Antonio). Both guides are super lovely and friendly, speak very good English, deliver excellent (fun and educational) content, and I enjoyed every second of the tour led by them. Very impressively Sara is also an art historian herself with a PhD and delivers lectures elsewhere. Sara and Antonio are both amazing guides I learned a lot from with fun. This 2-part tour is top-quality, well-planned and well-executed: a highly-recommended must-do. Thank you so much, Sara and Antonio. You've done a 5-star fantastic job. 10/10!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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