Brunelleschi's Dome

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Brunelleschi's Dome: Tour

1. Brunelleschi's Dome: Tour

Save precious time with a fast-track entry ticket to the Florence Duomo. Explore the sights of the cathedral complex and learn about its history while accompanied by an expert guide. From the outside of the Florence Cathedral admire its green, pink, and white marble panels. Check out the various statues, lozenges, and reliefs that represent the different stories and histories of mankind. Be in awe of Giotto’s Bell Tower, a freestanding campanile towering over Piazza del Duomo, before entering the Duomo. Climb up the dome for panoramic views and ask your guide as many questions as you like. Once you reach the top, see Florence's historic center from above, its important landmarks, and the surrounding area. Learn more about the monument, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the historic center of Florence. Hear how construction began at the end of the 13th century and how it took two centuries to complete.

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Florence: Accademia and Uffizi Skip-the-Line Combo

2. Florence: Accademia and Uffizi Skip-the-Line Combo

Save time and visit the pearls of Florence all in one day with this combo package. Get skip-the-line entry to the Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery and a climbing reservation to Brunelleschi's Dome for the ultimate Florence experience. Accademia Gallery Start by visiting the Accademia Gallery. Simply present your skip-the-line ticket at the entrance and get in through express security check. Stroll through the Gallery of Michelangelo where you can admire seminal works of the great artist such as “St. Matthew,” “The Four Prisoners,” and the one and only “David.” The average visit duration is 1 hour. Uffizi Gallery Walk your way to the Uffizi Museum after a quick break for lunch (optional) and enter the Uffizi Gallery with your skip-the-line entry ticket. Wander around the charming corridors full of spectacular frescos and statues. Marvel at eternal works of Renaissance masters such as “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli, “Annunciation” by Leonardo da Vinci, and “Tondo Doni” by Michelangelo, just to name a few. The average visit duration is 2 hours. Brunelleschi’s Dome End the day by climbing the largest dome in the world by Filippo Brunelleschi and enjoy the spectacular 360° views of Florence (if dome climb reservation option is chosen). The average visit duration is 1.5 hours. 

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Florence Cathedral and The Opera del Duomo Museum: Tour with Brunelleschi's Dome

3. Florence Cathedral and The Opera del Duomo Museum: Tour with Brunelleschi's Dome

Begin your tour in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, in the religious heart of Florence. Learn about the Baptistery of Saint John, as you see it from the outside, with its famous "Gates of Paradise". Head inside the cathedral to admire the mosaic decorations and see the Crypt of Santa Reparata. Visit the Opera del Duomo Museum, home to spectacular works of art including the original Gates of Paradise, Donatello's Maria Maddalena, and Michelangelo's Pieta. After the guided portion of the tour, climb 463 steps to Brunelleschi's Dome, to enjoy the best views over the city of Florence.

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Florence: Dome Climb, Museum and Baptistry Small-Group Tour

4. Florence: Dome Climb, Museum and Baptistry Small-Group Tour

Join in on this exciting adventure discovering the Duomo, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral complex. Your expert local guide will share with you the stories, legends, and secrets behind this incredible architectural monument. Enjoy a typical Florentine gelato as you stroll around the square and its monuments, like the stunning façade of Duomo. The tour then culminates with an extraordinary view from atop one of the largest Domes in the world. As you climb up the famous 463 steps, enjoy stunning views of the Cathedral interior and 16th-century frescoes. The small group setting of 12 people or less allows for the guides to provide you with a more personalized tour that will allow you to better understand Florence. Learn more and get the most out of your experience in a small group. 

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Florence Cathedral: Tour with Cathedral Terraces and Brunelleschi's Dome

5. Florence Cathedral: Tour with Cathedral Terraces and Brunelleschi's Dome

Explore the marvels of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence with an expert guide. Learn about the cathedral's construction and artworks, and admire breathtaking views over the city from Brunelleschi's Dome. Begin with a guided visit of the interiors of the magnificent Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Avoid wasting time waiting in the ticket line and enter the Duomo accompanied by a licensed guide. After your quick entry, discover the superb works of art preserved inside the cathedral.  Then, enjoy the chance to go to one of the cathedral's exclusive terraces, where you can take in the magnificent scenery surrounding you, dominated by the amazing Brunelleschi's Dome. Find out about the techniques Brunelleschi used to create this architectural wonder. Without any additional waiting in line, climb even higher up to the magnificent Dome to enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of Florence.

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Florence: Uffizi, Brunelleschi's Dome & Optional Accademia

6. Florence: Uffizi, Brunelleschi's Dome & Optional Accademia

Make your way to the meeting point to pick up your tickets from the local representative. Download the app that will double up as your audio guide throughout the day. You'll then head to your first stop of the day, the Uffizi Gallery, which is one of the most famous art galleries in Italy. It was designed and built by the famous architect and painter Giorgio Vasari, Cosimo I de' Medici's favorite artist.  With your entrance ticket, you'll avoid wasting hours in ticket queues and be able to conserve your energy to fully enjoy the masterpieces that await you. The audio guide app will accompany you during the visit to the museum. See works of art by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, among many others.  At 2.15 PM you'll visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. This was the largest church in the world at the time of its construction in the fifteenth century. You’ll be enchanted by the sophistication of the marble facade, and the majestic dome that dominates it, designed by Brunelleschi. If you have chosen the option that includes it, the Accademia Gallery will be your last stop of the day at 4.30 PM. This gallery is the second most visited museum in Florence. It is home to Michelangelo's David, a true international symbol of the city and masterpiece of the Renaissance.

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Duomo & Uffizi Skip-the-Line Small Group Guided Tour

7. Duomo & Uffizi Skip-the-Line Small Group Guided Tour

Join a small group tour to climb Brunelleschi's Dome and explore the masterpieces housed in the Uffizi Gallery. Skip the lines with pre-reserved tickets to both attractions. Start the tour by meeting your expert guide at the Piazza del Duomo. See the Baptistry and its ornate doors right in front of the cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore. Listen as your guide explains how this place has been the religious center of Florence since Roman times. Marvel at the exterior of the cathedral which dominates the skyline and its famous dome.  Next, enter the Duomo with your reserved skip-the-line tickets from a separate entrance. Climb Brunelleschi's iconic dome with your expert guide. Visit the internal terraces and see artworks and frescoes by masters of the Renaissance. Reach the top and admire scenic views of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside from outside the cupola. Then, follow your guide as you take a short stroll through the wonderful old town. Take in the sights at Piazza Uffizi before you head into the Uffizi Gallery with your skip-the-line tickets. Learn about this historical palace designed by the architect Vasari that houses artworks from local churches and the Medici family’s collection. Discover paintings from the Gothic Ages to the Late Renaissance displayed in chronological order. Soak up your guide's expertise as they show you works by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael. The tour ends at the Uffizi Gallery so you can enjoy more time to explore at your own pace. Alternatively, your guide will be happy to escort you to a cafe or bar for an aperitivo to recover.

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Florence: Small Group or Private Tour at the Duomo Complex

8. Florence: Small Group or Private Tour at the Duomo Complex

Visit the magnificent white, pink, and green marble cathedral complex with its famous dome, dedicated to the Santa Maria del Fiore. Discover why this place is considered one of the must-see attractions in Florence on a small group or private walking tour with a local professional guide. This tour is a wonderful way to learn the most important facts about this magnificent Renaissance city as you stroll around plazas, museums, and paved streets while checking out the grandiose buildings that date back to the 13th-century. The trio of buildings within the pleasant historic center of Florence date back to 1296 and are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Learn about local history, facts, and snippets in a curated walk around the Cathedral and climb Brunelleschi's famous dome for unforgettable views of the city.

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VIP Private Tour Florence Cathedral Dome & Monuments

9. VIP Private Tour Florence Cathedral Dome & Monuments

Among the world famous artworks attracting the curiosity of international visitors to Florence, the Cathedral and its monuments are not to be missed for anyone who wants to understand Florence. Visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni, in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Crypt of Santa Reparata, the Dome of Brunelleschi, or the Giotto's Bell Tower, depending on the availability of the day. Your guide will begin with a tour of the outside wonders before moving inside to the Baptistery with the famous Gates of Paradise. Then continue with the entrance in the Cathedral, discovering the artistic beauty of the Cathedral, including a visit to the Crypt of Santa Reparata. At the end you will conclude the tour with the climbing to the Campanile di Giotto and Brunelleschi's Dome where you can enjoy the incomparable view of the city of Florence.

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Florence: Guided City Bike Tour

10. Florence: Guided City Bike Tour

Explore the heart of Florence on a guided bike tour around the city’s most unforgettable spots. Ride down characteristic streets, through popular squares, and across historic bridges. Learn about the city through commentary from your local guide. The itinerary begins where the Medici family began to wield their power in Florence. See their stately palace and the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Next, pass by the medieval baptistery on your way to Piazza della Republica, the site of the ancient forum where the city’s history began. Then, reach the Arno River stopping to admire the Renaissance architecture. Cross the bridge designed by Michelangelo and get a stunning view of the famous Ponte Vecchio. Continue on to explore the other side of town. Ride through Piazza Santo Spirito and stop to admire the grand Pitti Palace. Ride alongside the Arno to cross back over the river and proceed to Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria. Later, head to Cathedral Square as the tour circles around the landmark site with its incredible dome.

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What people are saying about Brunelleschi's Dome

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,082 reviews

In reality, 4 hours before the app for the visit to the cathedral, they contacted us for a change of timetable which, however, would have made us miss the train to return home. So we opted for a guided tour of the Uffizi gallery, always wonderful, with a truly prepared and helpful guide, which made the visit very pleasant thanks Giovanni !!

Federica is very knowledgeable guide and sets a good cadence for the entire tour. The exclusive terrace view is a must to see the city architecture. Had a good time and highly recommend!

Fue un buen tour, nuestro guía Guido muy simpático y nos explico bien cada detalle, la subida a la cúpula es agotadora pero vale la pena, Gracias!

A must do when visiting Florence. Rosa was a wonderful guide and made our experience so much better than navigating it on our own.

Wir sind sehr zufrieden und begeistert von unserer Guiderin We are very pleased with our guide.