Full Day Florence Dome Climb, David and Walking Tour

Tour the David Statue & Climb the Duomo With No Line

5 / 5 See All 2 Reviews · 6.0h 16 max · Florence and Tuscany, Italy

On this tour, ascend the iconic Duomo up to a cityscape stretching to the horizon. With an expert guide, explore the sights & sounds of the city's vibrant streets. And with skip the line access, see Michelangelo's David at the pace you deserve.

Tour Details
  • Brunelleschi's Dome
  • VIP Dome Climb
  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Galleria dell'Accademia
  • Statue of David
  • Walk Through Florence
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Lunch Break
  • Ponte Vecchio

Are you looking to climb the centerpiece of the Florentine skyline? Do you want to skip the line to the world's most famous sculpture? Do you want to have a coffee in the same squares where Dante and Machiavelli wrote centuries ago? Join us on an incredible day in Florence. You will begin by climbing Brunelleschi's famous dome for the best view of Tuscany before heading to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's masterpiece the Statue of David. This 6 hour tour of Florence includes: 

  • Guided skip the line climb to the top of Florence's Dome
  • Skip the line tickets to the Accademia Gallery, home of the Statue of David
  • Ticket to the Baptistery, Bell Tower, Museum, and Crypt to use on your own
  • 2 hour walking tour of Florence
  • A professional, English-speaking guide

Climb Florence's Famous Dome

The iconic Duomo is Florence's most recognized landmark. Contrary to popular belief, the word "duomo" does not refer to the dome of the church, but instead identifies the principal church or cathedral of a town or city. The Florence Cathedral, or "Duomo", is topped by a magnificent Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Taking over 140 years to complete, the inspiration for the Duomo was taken from the Pantheon in Rome.

Your guide will show you around Piazza del Duomo, explaining the detailed history behind the Cathedral, Baptistery and Bell Tower. From there, you will skip past the line and climb the big red dome, overlooking the beautiful city below you. The climb consists of 463 steps, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. There is no better way to take in the sights and panoramic views of Renaissance Florence. By the end of this experience, you’ll be an expert in Florentine art and architecture. 

Statue of David

The next stop is the Accademia. The Galleria dell'Accademia is home to one of the most famous works of art in the world: the Statue of David. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, or simply Michelangelo for short, was the only artist in Florence who could work with this block of marble. The result? He turned it into a world-famous masterpiece! Don't be fooled, while there are three David statues in various locations around Florence, only this one is the real deal.

You will find the original statue of David inside the Accademia Gallery. If you visit on your own, long lines are inevitable. However, on this special guided Florence Tour, skip the line tickets are included as well as a professional guide. The only line you need to stand in at the Accademia will be a very short security line. Compared to the regular entrance line, you breeze right on inside.

Walking Tour of Historic Florence 

The center of the Renaissance, Florence was home to the influential Medici family. The patrons of art, buildings and infrastructure the Renaissance likely could not have occurred without their influence.  On this walk through the city you will visit many sites commissioned by the Medici including their palace and city hall, Palazzo Vecchio. Located in front of Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria, the impressive main square of the city, you will find one Florence's slightly less famous "fake Davids". 

Ponte Vecchio

As the tour continues through the historic center you will reach the River Arno. Together we will cross the river over the incredible Ponte Vecchio or Old Bridge in English. Last renovated in 1345, the bridge originally was home to butchers and other food vendors but were replaced by jewelers in order to better the sanitation of the area. If you are looking for a high end golden souvenirs, on the bridge is a perfect stop. 

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2/7/2020
Excellent!

The view from the top of the dome was absolutely breathtaking.

2/7/2020
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!

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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.

I have limited mobility. Is this tour appropriate for me?

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.

Will the tour run if it rains?

Yes! We run tours rain or shine.

What should I bring with me?

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.

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.

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.

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