VIP David & Duomo Tour: Early Accademia Tour & Skip the Line Dome Climb with Exclusive Terrace Access

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3 hrs

Max 15

Why take this tour?

Combine Florence's two most in-demand attractions in a single, VIP experience. Skip the long lines to climb the dome of Florence Duomo - the city's most in-demand experience - and slip into the Accademia Gallery before the crowds arrive to see Michelangelo's David in peace.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.See Michelangelo's David in the Accademia with skip-the-line tickets
  • Created with Sketch.Learn the history of Florence at the Baptistery doors and Piazza del Duomo
  • Created with Sketch.Visit the Duomo and climb the dome for unrivaled birdseye views of the city
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy a tour of the Duomo Museum and Baptistery

Take a shortcut directly to the Duomo rooftop

Skip lines and go behind velvet ropes at the two most important (and busiest) attractions in Florence. This VIP experience showcases Michelangelo's David and the Duomo as you've never seen them before.

You'll begin early with reserved tickets for the first entrance at the Florence Accademia, where Michelangelo's earth-shattering sculpture of David has been dazzling people for years. You'll learn the story of this statue from your local guide, along with fascinating tales of its tortured creator, Michelangelo Buonarroti, whose unfinished Slaves you'll also get to enjoy. They provide a fantastic insight into the artist's method of sculpting, which he char...

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Skip lines and go behind velvet ropes at the two most important (and busiest) attractions in Florence. This VIP experience showcases Michelangelo's David and the Duomo as you've never seen them before.

You'll begin early with reserved tickets for the first entrance at the Florence Accademia, where Michelangelo's earth-shattering sculpture of David has been dazzling people for years. You'll learn the story of this statue from your local guide, along with fascinating tales of its tortured creator, Michelangelo Buonarroti, whose unfinished Slaves you'll also get to enjoy. They provide a fantastic insight into the artist's method of sculpting, which he characterized as being more like a reveal than creation. Indeed, the Slaves do look like they've been lurking inside the rock for centuries, just waiting for Michelangelo to release them.

Next it's on through the Piazza del Duomo and past the Florence Baptistery - where all true Florentines were once baptized. There you'll pause to gaze upon bronze doors that Michelangelo himself called the Gates of Paradise.

Enjoy a tour of the Baptistery as well as the Duomo Museum; soak up the atmosphere and familiarize yourself with the awe-inspiring sights within.

Take a moment before you make your way to the Duomo Terrace, where you'll step on the semi-secret platform that will give you an unrivaled view of the great dome of the cathedral. It's truly a moment to remember. The terrace dome broke every rule of architecture when it was built by Filippo Brunelleschi and remains today one of the largest domes in the world, more than 500 years after it was built.

Finally, the cherry on top of this VIP cake; you'll have the option to take a special-entrance Dome climb. While most visitors wait for hours in the long line below, you'll walk right up to the pinnacle of this titanic structure for a jaw-dropping view of Florence and the rolling hills of Tuscany beyond.

  • Sites Visited
  • Accademia Gallery
  • Florence Duomo (with hidden room)
  • Top of Florence Dome
  • Duomo Museum
  • Baptistery
  • Tour Includes
  • Early skip-the-line entrance at the Accademia Gallery
  • Special access Florence Duomo tour
  • Access to the Duomo Terraces
  • Skip-the-line Florence Duomo climb
The most exclusive view in Florence is atop the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore
Climb Florence Duomo without waiting in line
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Many thanks to Gaia for outstanding description of the museum and art pueces

We were lucky enough to get into the line to see David before it became too crowded, which was nice. The terrace at Duomo was a spectacular view and quite the experience. The size of the group was appropriate and the passion of your staff was exceptional. We made sure to tip her well.


FAQ

Can I bring my bag into Florence Duomo?
Larger backpacks are not allowed inside Florence Duomo. Please make sure to only bring small handbags on this tour.
Does the Florence Duomo have a dress code?
Yes. The Florence Duomo is a holy place and as such, you are expected to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees when you enter.
Does the Duomo Museum ever close unexpectedly?
The Duomo Museum closes the first Tuesday of each month. On these occasions we will include a visit of the Underground section of the Cathedral instead (Santa Reparata). We will hand you a ticket which is valid for 48 hours so you can visit the Museum on your own the following day.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.
Does the Florence Duomo ever close unexpectedly?
The Cathedral of Florence occasionally closes for special celebrations/festivities, including Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will run an alternative itinerary that includes an explanation of the Cathedral from the outside and extra highlights of the city center. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts if the Cathedral closes unexpectedly.
What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.
Do I need to bring my ID with me on this tour?
Yes! This is especially important if you have purchased a student ticket because the museums will check when we arrive.
Is the Dome Climb accessible to people with limited mobility?
There are 463 steps to the top of the Florence Duomo and no elevator. Also, the staircase and is narrow and, in the summer, pretty hot. We don't recommend it for the elderly, people with limitations on their mobility, or anyone with claustrophobia.