Skip the Line Duomo Terraces Tour with Dome Climb

Admire the Florence Cathedral, climb to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, and enjoy breathtaking views

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 5 Reviews · 2.00h · Florence, Italy

Looking for a VIP experience within the Duomo? On this immersive tour, you will skip the line to explore Brunelleschi’s famous dome, with an exclusive visit to the Duomo terraces. Experience breath-taking views of the city from a vantage point that very few ever see. After your inspiring tour of the Duomo, continue your exploration of Florence’s captivating history with a 72-hour Brunelleschi Pass.

  • Climbing Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Skip-the-line access
  • Florence Duomo Cathedral
  • A small group experience​
  • Close-up look at Brunelleschi's Dome​
  • Duomo Terraces​
  • Breathtaking cityscapes​

Your unforgettable tour of the Duomo, Florence’s most beloved landmark, will begin in Piazza della Republicca. From here, you’ll meet your expert guide before entering the city’s famous cathedral. Follow your guide through the main entrance of the Duomo, where you’ll sail past the large crowds thanks to your skip-the-line tickets. Learn about the renowned artists and architects that put their hearts into creating this historic cathedral and admire the mesmerizing stain-glass windows and frescoes that encompass the building’s ornate interior.

Next, walk up a narrow staircase to the Duomo Terraces, which are normally closed to the public. Enjoy astounding views of the city from this exclusive viewpoint as your guide walks you through Brunelleschi’s remarkable artistry. Continue your ascent up to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, where you’ll appreciate the city’s most enchanting viewpoint.

After completing your tour of the Duomo, continue your discovery of Florence’s fascinating history with a complimentary 72-hour Brunelleschi Pass. With this pass, you’ll have access to the Piazza del Duomo’s many historic monuments and sites.

Duomo Tour with Exclusive Duomo Terraces and Dome Climb Description

Your 2.5-hour tour includes:

• Licensed, English-speaking guide

• Exclusive visit to Duomo Terraces

• Brunelleschi’s Dome

• Skip-the-line tickets

• 72-hour Brunelleschi pass

Please note that the visit to the Duomo with skip-the-line tickets will only be included in the 12 PM entry time. This tour will last approximately 2.5 hours. For the 6 PM entry time, the tour will only offer the exclusive opening of the Duomo terraces with Brunelleschi's Dome climb. The duration of this tour will be slightly shorter, about 2 hours.

Admire the Duomo’s Impressive Art

To begin your illuminating tour of the Duomo, meet your knowledgeable, English-speaking guide at Piazza della Repubblica. Along with the rest of your enthusiastic group, follow your guide to the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, more commonly known as the Florence Duomo. Enjoy a seamless entrance into the captivating cathedral with your priority skip-the-line tickets.

Once inside, your guide will explain the incredible history of how the Duomo took nearly 150 years to be completed. Prominent artists such as Arnolfo di Cambio, Giotto, Andrea Pisano, and Brunelleschi were all involved in bringing Florence’s most iconic landmark to life.

Listen closely as your expert guide explains the various, unique artistic styles that are displayed throughout the interior of the Duomo. Your jaw will drop as you marvel at the 44 stunning stain-glass windows, iconic frescoes of Vasari and Zuccari, and Bandinelli’s marble choir that surrounds the Duomo’s incredible interior.

Breathtaking Views from the Duomo Terraces

Next, follow your guide for a truly exclusive experience. Along with the rest of your group, you’ll walk up a historic, narrow staircase that has been used for centuries. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Duomo Terraces, which are usually closed to the public. From 32 meters high (104 feet), take in a breathtaking, panoramic view of the city that few others have the opportunity to experience.

As you stand above the city, your guide will detail Brunelleschi’s undeniable talent and artistic genius. Learn about the innovative way he used vaults to build the Duomo’s cupola without scaffolding, and how today the famous dome is an iconic symbol worldwide.

Climb Brunelleschi’s Dome

With your expert guide leading the way, continue your ascent to the very top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, which is 91 meters high! From here, you’ll gaze out at the most impressive view in all of Florence. Admire the classic, red-tiled rooftops that line the city, and gaze out at the bustling piazzas from a one-of-a-kind viewpoint.

Once you’ve taken in this sensational view, you and the rest of your group will make your way back down to complete your tour. However, the fun isn’t over yet! Your guide will close out the tour by giving you a complimentary, 72-hour Brunelleschi Pass. With this pass, continue appreciating the incredible artistry within the Piazza del Duomo. This pass grants you access to the piazza’s most historic monuments, including the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Opera del Duomo Museum, and the ancient Basilica of Santa Reparata.

What you get with this tour
English-speaking, licensed tour guide
Skip-the-line entrance tickets
Entrance to Duomo Terraces
Stain-glass windows, famous frescoes, and Bandinelli’s marble choir
Top of Brunelleschi’s Dome
72 hour Brunelleschi pass
Breathtaking views of Florence
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Great tour! What a view!
12 March 2024
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Reviewed by
Curtis Samson

Maria and her assistant Marco gave us a great tour of the Duomo. The vistas inside the Duomo and of Florence from the four decks were spectacular.

04 March 2024
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Justin Lukasik

Amazing tour of Duomo
25 September 2023
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Reviewed by
Andrew Nguyen

We had Stefano as our guide and he was fantastic. We were able explore the terraces of the Duomo, an area that is exclusive to only a few tour groups to see an amazing view of Florence. After the terraces, we climbed to the top of the Dome. We learned so much and had a great time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water.

What to bring?

Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

This tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Florence.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

Unfortunately, due to the narrow staircases needed to access the Duomo Terraces and dome, this tour is not suitable for guests with wheelchairs or with impaired mobility.

What happens if it rains?

We run our Duomo tours rain or shine. In case of rain please be very careful while climbing to the Terrace.

Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?

We ask both men and women to cover their knees and shoulders, otherwise, the Duomo might refuse entry. We understand the summers in Florence can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Is lunch included in the price of the tour?

No, lunch is not included in this tour. However, following your 2.5-hour tour you will find plenty of great lunch spots in the area!

Can I bring my kids, and do I have to pay for them?

Kids are welcome on this tour, and children aged 4-12 years old receive a discounted price. Children aged 3 and under can join for free.

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

No, hotel pickup is included on this tour. You’ll meet your guide at the designated meeting point in Piazza della Repubblica.

Where does this tour end?

This tour ends outside of the Duomo, and you’re welcome to begin using your 72- hour Brunelleschi Pass right away.

Is a guided tour of the Duomo included in this tour?

Please note that the visit to the Duomo with skip-the-line tickets will only be included in the 12 PM entry time. For the 6 PM entry time, the tour will only include Duomo terraces with Brunelleschi's Dome climb. If you wish to visit the Duomo, make sure to select 12PM entry time during the booking.

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