In this enthralling tour of the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, you’ll have the rare chance to climb to the very top of the tallest building in Florence!
Marvel at the vast size of the cathedral dome, a ground-breaking architectural project that required all the artistry and genius of architect and engineer Filippo Brunelleschi.
Feel as if you’re traveling back in time as you climb the very staircase used by Brunelleschi and admire the dome’s beautiful fresco depicting the Last Judgment.
Learn about the revolutionary techniques and tools used to build the dome and marvel at the tools in the Cathedral Museum, some of which are still in use today!
A special feature of this walking tour is that it includes skip-the-line access to the dome, so you don’t have to spend precious time waiting in a queue.
Note: This tour has some unavailable dates in the month of September. Should this tour not be available on your chosen date, we recommend a Best of Florence Walking Tour which includes entry to the Duomo click here for more details>>
Your Skip-The-Line Brunelleschi Tour of the Duomo takes place in the afternoon and begins when you meet your guide at Via dei Cimatori 9 Red, Florence. The office is between Piazza della Signoria and the house of Dante Alighieri. During this thrilling 2½ hour tour, an expert local English-speaking guide will lead you to the top of the Duomo, Florence’s magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Built between 1296 and 1436, the Duomo symbolized Florence's growing importance and it remains the largest cathedral in the world. Its imposing dome, larger than the dome of the Pantheon in Rome, still dominates the city.
To reach the top of the Duomo, the highest building in Florence, you will climb up the same staircase used by Filippo Brunelleschi, the revolutionary architect and engineer. As you ascend the 463 steps, you will feel as if you’ve gone back in time, sneaking through the narrow passages of this architectural masterpiece. Once on top of the “cupola” dome, you will enjoy an unforgettable view of Florence.
On the tour, you will discover the techniques used by Brunelleschi, such as inventing a new hoisting machine to raise the masonry needed for the dome. You will also have the opportunity to get close to the frescos decorating the dome. The fresco on the dome's interior, painted between 1572 and 1579 by Giorgio Vasari and Frederico Zuccari, depicts the Last Judgment.
In order to build the dome quickly, many new tools were invented. You’ll see these preserved in the Museo dell' Opera dell Duomo, a nearby museum dedicated to works of art from the cathedral. The extraordinary thing is that many of them are still used nowadays!
Your tour ends inside the museum. From here, you will be free to make your way back to your accommodation.
01 Apr - 31 Oct: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
2 hours 30 minutes
Please make your way to Via dei Cimatori 9 Red, Florence.
Directions from the Duomo Cathedral Square: If you are facing the front of the church, turn right on Via dei Calzaiuoli and walk straight on, turn left on the 4th cross street which is Via dei Cimatori.
Directions from Piazza della Signoria: face the statue of the man on horseback, on your left there is a "superflash bank" and "il cavallino" restaurant. Take that street (via delle Farine) and turn right onto the second cross street which is Via dei Cimatori.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Your guided tour ends inside the museum
Don’t forget to bring a camera! Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for touring. Be prepared to climb over 400 steps in a narrow staircase.
Please call the activity operator on the number given on your booking voucher at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Please arrive at the meeting point (the local tour operator’s office) at least 10 minutes prior to tour departure to complete check-in formalities.
Before the tour starts, you will have to provide identification with the confirmation voucher.
The tour goes on rain or shine. In case of heavy rain, we might decide to stop the tour. Guest options on rainy days:
1. Proceed with the tour hoping for clearing, or
2. Fifty per cent refund for client cancellation, or
3. Rain check to be used the following day or at any other time, subject to availability. The rain check is a voucher given to the client. The voucher is transferable and may be sold or given to others to use at a future date and lasts up to 1 year from date.
Remember to bring ID proof.
From 01st January 2015: The Museo Opera del Duomo will be closed for restructuring until the end of the 2015, so it will be substitute with the visit of the inside of the Cathedral, its terrace and baptistery.
See the Cancellation policy for this product