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Florence: Accademia and Uffizi Skip-the-Line Combo

1. 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

2. 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 Cathedral: Tour with Cathedral Terraces and Brunelleschi's Dome

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

4. 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

5. 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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Florence Cathedral: Tour with City Walking Tour

6. Florence Cathedral: Tour with City Walking Tour

See for yourself why Florence has become one of the most visited destinations in the world. Admire architectural wonders and famous works of art in the Renaissance city on this guided tour. Begin your tour in Repubblica Square, one of the most elegant squares in Florence. Follow your guide through the most characteristic Florentine streets and alleys to reach the Loggia del Mercato Nuovo. Here, caress the nose of the famous wild boar statue for good luck. Next, head to the Ponte Vecchio, the city's iconic bridge. Discover the most exclusive jewelry stores of Florence and marvel at the bridge's unique structure. Continue to the beating heart of Florence, Signoria Square, a true open-air museum dominated by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. Admire statues such as Perseus by Cellini and the Rat of the Sabine Woman by Giambologna. Finish your tour in San Giovanni Square, home to the wonderful Duomo Cathedral, as well as the Baptistery and Giotto's Bell Tower. Skip the long ticket line and enter the Duomo Cathedral. Take advantage of the company of your expert guide, who will reveal all the secrets behind the art and architecture of this immense structure.

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VIP Private Tour Florence Cathedral Dome & Monuments

7. 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

8. 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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Florence Cathedral, St. John Baptistery and The Opera del Duomo Museum: Tour

9. Florence Cathedral, St. John Baptistery and The Opera del Duomo Museum: Tour

Enjoy skip-the-ticket-line admission to the Duomo complex in the heart of historic Florence. Your licensed guide will take you on a tour of the Duomo, the Baptistery, and the Opera Museum. You'll also see the exterior of Giotto’s Bell Tower. Admire the important works of art that reside in the Opera Museum including The Pietà by Michelangelo, and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise. You can also visit the remnants of the ancient church of Santa Reparata, on top of which the Duomo was constructed.

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Florence: Inferno Private Walking Tour

10. Florence: Inferno Private Walking Tour

Discover Florence in a mysterious and unusual atmosphere as you retrace the places of Dan Brown's novel Inferno. Learn all about Dante's Inferno, as the movie was inspired by the events narrated in the Divine Comedy, the historic poem by Dante Alighieri. Start the journey with a visit to the wonderful Boboli Gardens. Follow the steps of Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks and picture the different movie scenes. Also, visit Torre di Badia and the Dante Society. Just like in the thriller, explore the Palazzo della Signoria and the Baptistery of Florence to discover the mysteries that lie behind Florentine art.

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What people are saying about Florence Baptistery

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based on 2,595 reviews

Well one of my top travel experiences thanks to our guide Giacomo. He is an architect with enthusiasm for the history and design of Brunelleschi's dome which absolutely came across. Amazing passage up all those steps to the dome. I'm a (fit) 49 y o cancer survivor and did it no problem. Beautiful sun and view at the top. And incredible vantage point of The Last Judgment the largest oil painting in the world. Highly recommend if you are able. Talked about it for days. My 14 y o artist son was profoundly impacted by the painting and architecture.

Veronica was wonderful. She is extremely knowledgable and gave us wonderful suggestions for places to eat and go see that we never thought of as well.

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!

Fantastic combination of museums, and the times were just right. The time slot of the Accademia was 14:00 and of the Uffizi at 15:30.

extremely knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. great information on the tour