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David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb

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Firenze, Italy
David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Explore Florence art and architecture on a tour that gets you skip-the-line access to the Accademia Gallery and the Duomo. See Michelangelo’s ‘David’ in the uncrowded, morning hours, then get an in-depth tour of the Duomo, including the Duomo Museum, the Duomo Terraces, without waiting in line. This tour includes all entrance fees, and is limited to 15 people for a personalized experience.
  • Small-group Accademia and Duomo tour
  • Skip-the-line access at both locations
  • See two Florentine highlights
  • Small group ensures personal service
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Skip the line tickets to the Accademia Gallery
Special access to the Duomo Terraces
Skip the line access to climb the dome
Headsets (when needed)
Expert English-speaking guide
Small group of 18 pax per guide
Gratuities
Piazza San Marco , Piazza San Marco, Firenze FI, Italy

The tour meets in Piazza San Marco, by the statue in the middle of the square. This is a centrally-located square adjacent to Via degli Arazzieri and Via Giorgio la Pira, about 1/3 mile north of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral.

9:00 AM
Piazza del Duomo , Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Duomo Terraces

Make your way to the Piazza San Marco, where you’ll meet your guide. Walk right past the long lines at the Accademia Gallery, and visit one of the museum’s most iconic masterworks: the David, a longtime symbol of the small (but mighty) Florentine Republic. You’ll also have time to explore some of Michelangelo’s unfinished sculptures, The Slaves, which offer a fascinating insight into the artist’s creation process.

Continue to the Duomo Baptistry to see its famous doors, replicas of the originals, which you’ll see later in the Duomo Museum. Learn stories about the members of the powerful Medici family that were baptized here, and see some of the Duomo’s exquisite artwork.

The next stop is the Duomo Museum, which offers a glimpse of how the Cathedral’s original façade once looked, and contains masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello. Walk past the lines into the Duomo itself, where you’ll have special access to a room of statues from the Cathedral’s original façade. This tour also gets you pass the velvet ropes, so you can take in the Cathedral’s remarkable detailing up close.

Finish the tour with a once-in-a-lifetime experience: skip the lines for the Duomo Terraces, and climb all the way to the top for panoramic views of Florence. This tour concludes at the Duomo Terraces.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Galleria dell'Accademia
You’ll start first thing in the morning, meeting your local expert guide and small group of 15 people or fewer outside the Accademia. Before the daytime crowds show up, you’ll head in to marvel at Michelangelo’s ‘David’ as well as his unfinished sculptures known as ‘Slaves’ which give incredible insight into the mind of the great artist.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
You’ll skip lines into the Duomo where you’ll have special access to a room filled with original statues from the cathedral’s facade. Your guide will bring the unbelievable history of the Duomo’s construction to life as you explore the building. Your special access extends to the Cathedral itself, where you’ll step over the velvet ropes to see details up close.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Duomo
The pinnacle of your tour is the once-in-a-lifetime experience: climb to the Duomo Terraces, all the way to the top for panoramic views of Florence.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that guests can only carry small handbags inside the Accademia. Larger backpacks and big pointy umbrellas are not allowed. Please also note there is no cloakroom inside the Accademia Gallery.
  • Please remember that the Duomo (Cathedral) is a holy place and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Due to conditions inside the Duomo (463 steps and fairly narrow), wheelchairs, those with limited mobility, and anyone with claustrophobia cannot be accommodated on this tour.
  • Guests may be asked to go through security on this tour.
  • We ask all guests (including children) bring ID on the day of their tour.
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb.

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  • "The climb up the Duomo is a little rough but if you take it slow and steady it’s not too bad and the view at the top is worth every step!" See review
  • "The climb to the top is hard but worth the trip!" See review
  • "As other reviews state it’s worth it getting up early to get to the academy before the crowds." See review

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star-5
Great Tour, Great Guide (Angela)
Evan_G
, Aug 2022
Angela was fantastic. Knowledgeable and personable, and a great guide. This is a long tour, that can be exhausting, and she was simply wonderful.
star-5
Easy and smart
Robyn_B
, Aug 2022
Very pleasant hassle free experience . Matt is very nice and knowledgeable. He has such an ease about him that makes everyone feel comfortable
star-5
Tour guide was lit. Very...
Kathryn_M
, Aug 2022
Tour guide was lit. Very informative and great hair. Made the tour exciting. Gave us breaks. Timely.
star-2
Way too expensive for what you get
Jay_G
, Aug 2022
Way too expensive for what we get to see. Tour was very short at Accademia. We had to buy another ticket to climb the bell tower, even though it was covered in the Duomo tour. We were not made aware of it. $135 per person is way over expensive.
star-5
Our tour guide was...
Charles_K
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was excellent! Skip the Line is the only way to go. The regular line was at least 2 hours long.
star-5
Good tour, very informative.
Todd_W
, Aug 2022
The guide was well informed. We were able to see everything without standing in the long lines. A very good tour.
star-5
Exceptional Guide
Margaret_R
, Aug 2022
Valentina was an exceptional guide full of fun and information. So kind! Great explanation of Michelanglo before we saw the statute of David. Thank you Valentina!
star-5
Great tour
Maria_S
, Aug 2022
This guided tour was great. Giada our tour guide was really good and really knew her stuff. It’s worth getting your tickets before because you skip the long line to get into the Duomo. As well the experience of going all the way to the top was also worth it. Although note that there are lots and lots of stairs to climb in a tight winding space to get to the top of the Duomo, but the view is incredible. I really recommend this tour.
star-5
Best Florence Skip-the-Line Tour
Dana_M
, Aug 2022
Mateo was our tour guide and I like how this company limits the tour size to 12. The headsets make a huge difference to hearing Mateo and he is an extremely knowledgeable tour guide. Funny, too! We breezed to the front of the lines. Yes, we climbed the Duomo and took our time up there. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Amazing tour
mrsastorwv
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide Chris was AMAZING! He gave such a great background to everything linking science, religion and the Renaissance together. The climb up the Duomo is not to be missed!
star-5
Great experience
Phillip_P
, Aug 2022
Great knowledge of both the culture and history. Excellent English and good jokes. Would recommend to visit
star-5
Very interesting guide,...
Deanne_C
, Jul 2022
Very interesting guide, who really made our tour come alive. Even though we only saw a small portion of the beautiful Florence, our guide gave us some tips of other places to visit.
star-5
Great tour of David and Other sculpturs
Cliff_G
, Jul 2022
Both guides were good we found the first guide the lady was very god we enjoyed her explaining in detail a lot of information in particular about David I learned so much and this was our second visit. I don’t remember her name but really enjoyed her tour. Thank her from our family my 2 sons and wife and I enjoyed her guide
star-5
Worth the Price
Michelle_W
, Jul 2022
This tour was excellent! Our tour guide Giada was extremely thorough, knowledgeable and interesting. The skip the line option is a must.
star-5
Wonderful experience! Worth the extra money for skip the line tickets
lisa4derose
, Jul 2022
This tour was AMAZING! Truly one of the best things we did while on vacation. Out tour guide was excellent and we were able to climb all the way to the top which was not half as daunting as I had expected.
star-5
Wonderful experience!
Tara_T
, Jul 2022
Wonderful experience! Our guide provided so much information and had such a passion for the sites and Florence in general! Would definitely recommend.
star-1
A swing and a miss
Frank_c
, Jul 2022
Did not meet expectations . I was not happy with the communication either not that the tour doesn’t end where it started
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Frank_c, Thanks for taking your time to write us a review. I am very sorry you felt this tour did not meet your expectations. All our tour meeting points and end points are close to the venues we visit and in the city center. Our guides are happy to help, give advice and any instructions necessary to get around the city once the tour is finished. We value our guest’s satisfaction above all else and strive to provide everyone with only the best possible experiences. Your opinion will be taken into consideration and we will pass along your comments to our whole team that organizes this tour. If you have any further question or concerns you would like to address with me, please feel free to contact me at feedback@walks.org at any time. Again, we are terribly sorry you were not satisfied with this tour and hope you still enjoyed your Holiday despite this situation. Warmest regards, Jhonas.
star-5
Worthwhile tour
FrankC_R
, Jul 2022
Our guide, Nebo, made it great! He was knowledgeable and animated. The view from the top of the dome was nice and getting there wasn’t bad at all and we’re in our 70’s! However, I booked the tour because it was supposed to include the Duomo Museum and it did not. That was the only disappointment.
star-5
Amazing
Dannie_N
, Jul 2022
The David was amazing and so was the view from the Duomo! Our guide was nice and informative. We had a wonderful time.
star-5
Well worth it!!
Fred_V
, Jul 2022
Matt was very knowledgeable and a great guide. The Duomo climb and view was wonderful. The early access to see David was so nice and since it was my first time to Florence well worth it.

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