Guided tour

Florence: Early Access Michelangelo's David and Duomo Climb

4.9 / 5

51 reviews

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
Guided tour

Florence: Early Access Michelangelo's David and Duomo Climb

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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From US$ 160.61 per person

Likely to sell out

Experience two of Florence’s top attractions, David and the Duomo, with an exclusive level of VIP access allotted to just a select few.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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  • Enjo VIP access to the terraces of the Duomo.
  • Skip the line at the Accademia Gallery and see the David
  • Bypass the long lines at Florence’s Cathedral
  • Take a shortcut to the top of Brunelleschi’s famous dome
  • Learn about the sites with your expert guide
Full description

Skip-the-line access to two of Florence’s most iconic sites. With an expert local guide, see some of the greatest art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance and get a deeper context that will help you more fully appreciate each aspect.

Visit Michelangelo’s David before the crowds show up, enjoy exclusive access to the famed Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral's terraces, and climb that incomparable dome, all without waiting in line. Begin close to the Accademia Gallery in central Florence, where you’ll meet your guide. Breezing past the long line, you’ll head straight inside. Marvel at Michelangelo’s statue of David as well as his unfinished “Slaves” sculptures, each of which grants you incredible insight into the mind of a master. After leaving the museum, stop at Piazza del Duomo outside the Baptistery and check out the incredible bronze-cast doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti, coined the "Gates of Paradise" by Michelangelo. Continue on to the jewel of Florence, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with a special skip-the-line entrance. Once inside, your guide will unveil some of the secrets behind the architecture before leading you up to the terraces, an exclusive space rarely visited by the general public. Finally, once the guided tour concludes on the terrace level, you’re welcome to continue your journey up to the top of Florence by climbing to the top of the dome. Starting from this level gives you a head start past the long lines down below, so you’ll be soaking up spectacular views of the city.

  • Guide
  • 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)
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

In Piazza San Marco, by the statue in the middle of the square. Directions: 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. Your guide will be holding a Walks sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Long pants
  • Long-sleeved shirt

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Umbrellas
  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • Guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs, or strollers on this tour cannot be accommodated
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory
  • Please remember that the 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. The local tour provider cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress
  • All guests (including children) must bring ID to the tour
  • Guests may be asked to go through security
  • If you cannot join your tour at the last minute (running late, etc), please contact us. We may be able to reschedule your tour with a small amendment fee depending on availability.
  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows.
  • Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 51 reviews

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Mateo met us at the appointed time in an easy to find location. His commentary and insights during the visit to the Accademia were focused on a select group of artworks and permitted a more in-depth enjoyment of the selected works, of course, Michelangelo's David being a centerpiece. The access to the terrace during our Duomo visit was a special treat as well as the visit to the top of the dome. 3 and 1/2 hours well-invested.

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March 27, 2023

We were a little disappointed that the Accademia was closed do to a strike that was a normal occurrence on Fridays. We did get an email after the 24 hour time period needed to cancel or reschedule and we didn't see it until after we were at the tour. The optional walking tour was ok but comprised of areas within the same area and other walking tours went outside of the normal walking areas. Had to book another tour for the accademia which was an added expense. The tour of the Bastille and terrace was great.

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March 27, 2023

Easy to book & locate the meeting point! Our guide was very engaging and kept us captivated (previous tours have bored us to death and were too slow to move on). Skipping the lines for things was the best thing, we walked past huge lines the day before and decided it wasn’t worth our time to sit and wait for hours so we booked the tour the afternoon before we went and got a spot easy!

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March 27, 2023

Product ID: 78340