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David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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 8 pax per guide
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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.

9:15 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 intimate group of 8 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
From the museum, 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:  
Ponte Vecchio
Walk across the Ponte Vecchio, arguably one of the most beautiful bridges in the world.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piazza della Signoria
After your visit to the Accademia explore the streets of Florence. Your walking tour takes you to Piazza della Signoria, arguably the most famous piazza in the Florentine city where an open-air art gallery and other city highlights abound. As you walk your guide will relay stories that bring the past to life.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele
View the ornate Orsanmichele Church built in 1404 with context relayed by your expert local guide.
Pass By:  
Piazza della Repubblica
Pass through Piazza Repubblica to view its classic architecture - a facade of arches - a true Italian gem.
Stop At:  
Duomo
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.
Duration: 30 minutes
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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • From August 6th 2021, all Italy sites we visit will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. More info on the Italian Government website
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 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
Explore 2 iconic Florence locations
Erin_P
, Nov 2021
We had such an amazing tour and knowledgeable guide Viola. She educated us on the historical significance of items that we would have likely missed if we had explored on our own. This tour is money well spent to gain a greater understanding of two iconic landmarks in Florence. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Must see in Florence
James_B
, Oct 2021
David was the highlight of this tour. Michelangelo was a gifted artist. The duomo was very good as well.
star-1
Poor Customer Care and Disappointing Experience
vsmaldino65
, Oct 2021
We had a train delay of 30 minutes and called two hours in advance to say we would be late. We were willing to join the tour late and do whatever it took to, at least, see two-thirds or half of the tour. After calling the tour operator's 888 number which is not reachable in Italy, I got through to Viator "customer care" who basically told me they would put in for a refund only to receive an email stating they will not refund even a portion of our $400! I do not recommend this tour or tour operator. I will also think twice about ever going through Viator again after having done so for several years.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hello Victoria, Thank you for your feedback. I am terribly sorry that you were unable to join your tour, but due to our ticket times, we are unable to have clients join mid-tour. I can see our Guest Experience team offered an amendment free of charge - I apologise if you were not given that offer. Due to our Cancellation policy, we, unfortunately, cannot provide a refund for your booking. If you would like to discuss alternative options, please send an email to our Guest Experience team at info@walks.org. Best, Amanda
star-5
Excellent tour
Felix_B
, Sep 2021
Giada was incredibly knowledgeable. She was very personable and approachable. Tour was on time and we were not rushed. Had a wonderful time. Tha k you.
star-5
Amazing experience- I’m old but I still climbed up the Duomo!!
Laura_G
, Sep 2021
Loved the tour - I wasn’t sure if I could climb the Duomo but our tour guide encouraged me!! I’m glad she did!!!
star-5
The best guide and tour
Maria_A
, Aug 2021
Bernardo knew his way around the cathedral and its passages. I recommend it. It’s 460 steps to the top totally worth while.
star-5
Best Tour Experience
Maria_A
, Aug 2021
The guide , whose name was Bernardo,was excellent. He knew very well the history behind the highlights of the cathedral, and the history behind the skyline of the city. We had the chance to enter special places in the cathedral
star-5
Exceptional tour
Stephen_S
, Jul 2021
Antonio was one of the best guides we have ever had. He was personable and provided details that made the experience very satisfying
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Stephen, Thanks so much for the 5-star review. Antonio will be delighted! Wonderful to hear that your Walks experience was so good. Hope to have you with us again soon.
star-5
Fabulous Tour with Charles
jryen2016
, Oct 2019
Loved this tour. I did extensive research on deciding which tours to attend while in Florence and picked this one because of the small group size, early access to see Michelangelo's David and walk to the top of the Dome. Charles, our guide, did an outstanding job! Very knowledgeable about everything we saw and the history along with the history of Florence. Access to see the David before the crowds was outstanding! The walk to the top of the dome was a bit daunting but doable and the view was outstanding. I would highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello jryen2016, Thank you for your review! We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your David and Duomo Tour with Charles! We try to choose guides with extensive knowledge of the subject at hand, but we also take demeanour, performance and approachability into account to ensure maximum customer satisfaction, and we are glad it shows! We hope that you will get the opportunity to tour with us again soon! All the best, The Walks Team
star-5
Best Tour Guide
kurywchakfamily
, Oct 2019
Vanessa, our tour guide, was truly exceptional. The detail and excitement she provided in her explanation of the David and Duomo gave us the best appreciation possible for both. She provided great insight on Michelangelo's life and the creation of the statue, as well as the architecture and artwork within the Duomo. You could tell she really loves her job, and it made us love the tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello kurywchakfamily, Thank you for your kind review! We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your David and Duomo Tour with Vanessa! We work very hard to select only the best guides available, and cannot express how happy we are to know we have succeeded in making this such a wonderful experience for you! We hope you will get the opportunity to tour with us again soon! All the best, The Walks Team

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