Full Day Florence Dome Climb, David and Walking Tour
Skip Lines to see the David and climb the Dome with Guide
After climbing the iconic duomo to Florence's best view, take a walk back in time through city streets with a guide. You'll skip the infamous lines to see the Statue of David with time to give this masterpiece the attention it commands.
- Brunelleschi's Dome
- VIP Dome Climb
- Piazza del Duomo
- Galleria dell'Accademia
- Statue of David
- Walk Through Florence
- Lunch Break
- Piazza della Signoria
- Ponte Vecchio
Do you want to see the world's most famous sculpture without the long lines? Do you want to see the breathtaking Florentine skyline from one of the most iconic views the city has to offer? Do you want to see the hidden gems of a city that was once the home to Dante and Machiavelli? On this incredible full day tour of Florence, you will climb Brunelleschi's famous dome to an astounding view of the city. Then the Statue of David awaits on your guided tour to the Accademia Gallery. This 6 hour tour of Florence includes:
- Climb Florence's Dome with skip the line access
- See Accademia Gallery and Statue of David with skip the line access
- Baptistery, Bell Tower, Museum and Crypt tickets for your own use
- Guided tour of Florence on foot
- Professional guide, fluent in English
The Best View of Florence
Florence's most emblematic landmark, the Duomo is an icon of the city. It derives its name not for its gorgeous dome, but for its esteemed placement as the principal church of the city. Filippo Brunelleschi's dome took about 18 years to complete, but the whole cathedral took nearly 140 years!
Exploring the history behind the Cathedral, Baptistery and Bell Tower, your guide will bring you through the Piazza del Duomo, a must-see for any traveler to Florence. That's when you'll start to make your way up the dome, skipping the lines that congregate out front. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes! The climb is made up of 463 steps, but it's certainly worth it for the gorgeous views of the city.
The Galleria dell'Accademia is our next stop and home to many masterworks of European art. The main event is, of course, the Statue of David, sculpted from a single piece of marble by Michelangelo, one of the geniuses of the Renaissance. While there are actually several David statues you can find around Florence, you can only find the original at the Galleria dell'Accademia.
The lines at the Accademia are notoriously long, but you won't even have to think about them with skip the line access to the museum. After a short security line, you'll breeze right into the action inside. Along with a professional guide, this is the best way to see the museum, without wasting a second of your time.
Take a Step Back in Time
The Medici Family had a profound impact on the Renaissance, and they called Florence their home. Without their patronage, we might never have seen many of the great works of the Renaissance. Touring around the city, you'll see just how far their impact reached. Many of the buildings that line the Florentine streets are Medici productions, including the Palazzo Vecchio, the family's palace and city hall. Walking through the Piazza della Signoria, you'll even be able to spot one of the copies of the David Statue.
The Jewelers of the Ponte Vecchio
After reaching the River Arno through the city center, we will cross the astounding Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge. Though this place was originally home to a variety of vendors in the 14th century, it is populated now by some of the best jewelers in the city. It's the perfect place to pick up a high-end souvenir to take back home.
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The view from the top of the dome was absolutely breathtaking.
I can't think of a better way to spend a day in Florence!
This tour was everything we wanted in Florence and more! We got a stunning view of the city, saw David, and had an amazing tour of the city with our guide, Francesca! Not having to wait in line and having a guide with such interesting information was well worth it. After this tour, we finished the day off with the flood tour and we couldn't have been happier!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
In front of the San Zanobi Column located in Piazza del Duomo. A representative from our company will be holding a "The Tour Guy" sign.
What to bring?
This tour includes climbing over 400 steps to the top of the dome as well as walking throughout the rest of the day, besides during lunch. We highly recommend bringing comfortable shoes and a bottle of water.
Q: What should I bring with me?
A: Since this is a walking tour, you'll need comfortable shoes. Large bags, backpacks, luggage and tripods cannot be brought into the Accademia Gallery. There is no coat check or space on-site to leave your belongings, therefore, please leave such items at your hotel.
Q: Will the tour run if it rains?
A: Yes! We run tours rain or shine.
Q: I have limited mobility. Is this tour appropriate for me?
A: We suggest booking a private tour of Florence if you have limited mobility. Private tours of Florence have much more flexibility and opportunity for individual accommodations.