Exclusive Florence Duomo and Secret Terraces Tour

Discover Florence's Duomo with our small group, skip the line tour with hidden terrace access

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 1 Reviews · 1.50h · Florence, Italy

Looking to explore the Duomo and visit the terraces but worry about waiting in long lines and missing out on tickets? On this skip the line tour you'll join a passionate guide who will delve deep into the history and architecture of this iconic monument. Your tour of the Florence Cathedral will be topped off with a visit to the restricted North and South Terraces. Only organized groups are given access to this area of the Duomo, so don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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  • Meeting point at Museo del Duomo
  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Florence Duomo
  • The Last Judgement
  • North Terrace
  • Giotto's Bell Tower
  • South Terrace
  • End in Piazza del Duomo

Your adventure begins in front of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, where you’ll find your expert guide, along with your small group of fellow travel-lovers. After admiring the Cathedral’s intricate facade, enjoy a quick and seamless entry into the Florence Duomo with your skip-the-line tickets.

Once inside, your knowledgeable guide will explain the fascinating history and architecture of Florence’s most iconic landmark. Admire the spectacular stained glass windows, marble details, and breathtaking frescoes that adorn the Duomo’s interior. As you marvel at the stunning artwork throughout the Cathedral, your guide will provide captivating details about the artists behind each masterpiece.

Finally, follow your passionate guide up to the Duomo’s North and South Terraces, an area that is not typically open to the public. Gaze out at a magnificent view of Florence as your guide continues to explain more about the Duomo’s impressive architecture.

Following your memorable tour, you’re free to continue exploring the historic Piazza del Duomo on your own!

Florence Cathedral and Terraces Small Group Tour Description

Your 1.5-hour tour includes:

  • Professional, local guide

  • Skip-the-line entry tickets to the Duomo and Terraces

  • Guided visit through the ornate Florence Cathedral

  • Visit both the exclusive North and South Terraces

  • Learn about the architecture and history of the Florence Duomo

  • Small group of 19 participants max

Meet Your Passionate Guide

Your enchanting journey through the ornate Florence Cathedral begins in front of the Museo del Duomo. Located in the heart of the lively Piazza del Duomo, marvel at the gothic Cathedral’s intricate facade before meeting your expert guide and intimate group of fellow travelers. Your tour only allows for 19 participants at most, so you’ll enjoy a very personalized experience with plenty of time to chat with your knowledgeable guide.

Marvel at the Duomo’s Interior

Follow your guide through the Duomo’s main entrance as you breeze through the long queue with your skip-the-line priority tickets. Once inside, gaze in amazement at the captivating, stained glass windows and awe-inspiring frescoes that line the walls of the Duomo’s interior. As you explore the Florence Cathedral, your enthusiastic guide will share more details about its rich history and impressive architecture.

Throughout your tour, your knowledgeable guide will lead you to many stunning artworks, with the most prominent being Giorgio Vasari’s The Last Judgement. The immaculate fresco covers the cupola’s entire ceiling and is the Duomo’s most iconic painting.

Entrance into any religious site requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. The company will not be held responsible for refused entry due to unsuitable dress.

Learn about Florence Cathedral's Rich History

Florence Cathedral, formally known as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, is a masterpiece of Italian Gothic architecture. Construction began in 1296 under the design of Arnolfo di Cambio and was completed in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. The cathedral's construction was a testament to the wealth and power of Florence during the Renaissance period. Its grandeur and architectural innovations continue to inspire awe and admiration to this day.

Take in the View from the Duomo’s Terraces

After an immersive tour of the Duomo’s magnificent interior, it’s time to admire the Florence Cathedral from a new vantage point. With your passionate guide leading the way, climb up the Duomo’s narrow staircase as you make your way to the jaw-dropping Duomo Terraces! Normally closed to the public, you’ll enjoy exclusive access to both the North and South Terraces.

Take in the mesmerizing views of Florence’s cityscape from each terrace while your thoughtful guide continues to share fascinating details about the Duomo’s rich history.

Once you’re finished admiring a birds-eye-view of the city, your guide will walk you back outside where you’re free to continue exploring the vibrant Piazza del Duomo at your leisure!

What you get with this tour
Passionate English-speaking guide
Skip the line Duomo tickets
Skip the line Terraces tickets
Florence Cathedral
Exclusive North and South Terrace access
Group size of 19
Tour guide gratuities
Meal
Hotel pick up
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Claire Bowerman

Marco was a wonderful guide, knowledgeable and entertaining. A very informative tour of the duomo followed by a very exciting walk along the terraces above. Strongly recommend.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

We suggest wearing comfortable shoes and clothes.

What to bring?

We suggest wearing comfortable shoes and clothes.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

Yes, this tour is run by The Tour Guy.

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

Unfortunately, due to terrace access, this tour is not suitable for guests with disabilities, claustrophobia, heart diseases, or those who suffer from vertigo. This tour is also not suitable for pregnant woman.

What happens if it rains?

Not to worry, we run our Florence Cathedral tours rain or shine! If it is raining while on the Terrace, please pay extra attention as the ground may become slippery when wet.

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

We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise the Florence Cathedral will 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.

How comprehensive is this tour?

This is a very comprehensive tour of the Florence Cathedral and both of the Terraces, though this visit does not include entry to the Cathedral’s Dome. However, you will get to experience all the most important elements of the Cathedral and Terraces.

Does the Duomo ever experience sudden closures? 

While the Florence Duomo typically does not experience sudden closures, unforeseen events may occasionally arise. In such cases, we will promptly inform you and offer alternative dates or provide a refund.

Can I bring my kids?

Yes, children of all ages are welcome on this tour. Please keep in mind, minors must be accompanied by parents at all times for safety reasons.

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

No hotel pickup is included on this tour. You’ll meet your guide at the designated meeting point, just outside of the Museo del Duomo.

Where does this tour end?

This tour ends outside the Florence Cathedral. You’re welcome to stay as long as you’d like and explore more of the Piazza del Duomo.

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