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The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces

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Admire the magical aerial panorama and learn the secrets of the Duomo from a different point of view. Enjoy an exclusive perspective: admire Florence panorama from the Duomoʼs 32 metres high terrace and climb up to the top of the Dome!
  • View the highlights and secret treasures of Florence’s Duomo in one tour
  • Guided skip-the-line tour with priority access to dome's panoramic views
  • Special access to off-limits rooftop north-side terrace and Circular Room
  • Hear fascinating insight on Brunelleschi's architectural wonder
What to Expect
Meet your guide at Florence's Duomo and skip the long lines for a guided cathedral interior tour. Admire high points including the frescoes by Vasari before a brief exterior view of the Baptistery, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Giotto's Bell Tower from the Piazza San Giovanni. Continue the tour with a visit to the Crypt of Santa Reparata to view wooden models used by Brunelleschi to build the cathedral’s stunning dome. Then climb the 153 steps to the rooftop north-side terrace, an area usually closed to the general public. Absorb the panoramas here and visit the Circular Room, another area that's usually off-limits. It's replete with 16th-century statues that once graced the Duomo’s facade. The guided part of your tour ends here—enjoy priority access to the top of Brunelleschi’s dome, ascending 310 steps to stand at the top of the cupola for close-ups of the frescoes and 360-degree city views.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Piazza di San Giovanni, 7, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Departure Time
2:30 PM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Skip the line access to Florence Cathedral
  • Guided tour of the Cathedral and exceptional opening of Duomo North terrace
  • Skip the line and reserved access to Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Exclusive access to the central nave
  • Guided tour of the Crypt
  • Entry/Admission - Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Entry/Admission - Crypt of Santa Reparata
  • Entry/Admission - Cupola del Brunelleschi
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Good walking shoes are recommended
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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All reviews private access worth the climb skip the line tour excellent tour our tour guide crypt dome paintings significance info explanation
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Reviewed 2 days ago

On the day of our tour we had plenty of time to meet the guide but was mistakenly at the wrong meeting spot and then since we had not used the phone internationally we didn't understand how to make the call. Finally we found some...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank bluedfan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Any visitor to Florence must experience the Duomo at least once. However it is very busy and advanced purchase of tickets is strongly recommended. The climb up the Duomo is not recommended for anyone with even the slightest of medical conditions as it quite simpl...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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CiaoFlorence, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ciao Florence Tours and Travels, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear customer Many thanks for your feedback, that spot in Florence is really unique and the view just takes the breathe away! Absolutely true that it is highly recommended to take the tour, this being the only way to enter quickly and also have access...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was amazing! Our tour consisted of access right into the Duomo (skipped a HUGE line), saw the museum/basement, and then special access to parts of the Duomo the public doesn't get to see with basic access. It is a lot of walking and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 495katelynv
CiaoFlorence, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ciao Florence Tours and Travels, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Thank you so much for your beautiful comment, we appreciate that a lot. It is absolutely true that the view from up there is unique and makes your trip unforgettable. Wishing you all the best Regards Ciaoflorence Staff

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was exactly what we hoped. Clear instructions for meeting up. A true skip the line tour (we had other tours in Florence that were sold as so the line but weren't), and a great tour with enough detail from our very knowledgeable guide...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank mathyougreen
CiaoFlorence, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ciao Florence Tours and Travels, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear client Many many thanks for your review, it is great to hear that you found it perfect :) Wishing you all the best Kind Regards Ciaoflorence Staff

Reviewed 4 August 2019 via mobile

Great tour guide... my entire family loved the historical facts that were shared and the guide’s energy!

Date of experience: August 2019
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21 May 2019|
Response from Wander817245 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can - my son went up to the top but I did not
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