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Brunelleschi's Dome (Cupola del Brunelleschi)
Towering above Florence, Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome (Cupola del Brunelleschi) is an important engineering and architectural feat. Completed in 1436, the fact that this symbol of the city still stands tall over the Duomo more than 600 years later is testament to Brunelleschi’s mastery. Climb to the top for some of the best views over Florence.

The Basics
Brunelleschi’s octagonal dome on top of Florence’s Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral (aka the Duomo) took 16 years to build and, at 144 feet (44 meters) wide, is one of the world’s largest masonry domes. You can admire the 16th-century Final Judgment frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari that decorate the inside of the dome and climb the 463 steps to the top for panoramic views from the lantern overlooking the historic center. The Opera del Duomo museum, just behind the church, holds a fascinating scale model of Brunelleschi’s dome as well as Lorenzo Ghiberti’s original bronze baptistry doors (replicas are on the baptistry outside).

The cathedral dome is one of the most popular attractions in the city, and booking a Florence Duomo tour that includes skip-the-line entrance to the Duomo, Giotto’s bell tower, and the baptistry is essential to avoid long lines to enter. Small-group and private tours of Florence’s Duomo may even include exclusive access to the north terrace, a panoramic rooftop terrace closed to the general public. Many Florence city walking tours also visit highlights like the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia), and Piazzale Michelangelo.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is a single skip-the-line ticket to enter all five parts of the Duomo complex—church, crypt, dome, bell tower, and baptistry—and the museum. To climb to the top of the dome, you must also reserve a specific time slot.
  • There is a lot of ground to cover in the Duomo complex, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes if taking a guided tour.
  • If you are also planning on visiting the church, be sure to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and legs.
  • There is no elevator to the top of the dome, so the climb is not recommended for those with heart problems, vertigo, or limited mobility.

How to Get There
Brunelleschi’s dome and Piazza del Duomo, in the historic center of Florence, are just a 5-minute walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station.

When to Get There
The Duomo complex in Tuscany’s capital city of Florence is one of the most popular attractions in Italy and can be very crowded during the summer high season. The best time to visit is from November to March, when the city sights are less overrun with tourists.

Construction of the Dome
Filippo Brunelleschi won a competition to design the dome in 1420 with an innovative system of two interconnected shells with an empty space in between. The dome was vaulted with no scaffolding by using bricks laid in a herringbone pattern in the inner shell as a self-supporting structural element; the outer shell serves as a heavier, wind-resistant cover. 
Address: Piazza del Duomo, Firenze, Italy
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Florence: 1-Hour Cupola Dome Entry and Guided Tour

Florence: 1-Hour Cupola Dome Entry and Guided Tour

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To fully experience the majesty of Brunelleschi's famous dome, climb to the very top of the cupola that adorns Florence’s architectural gem. After touring the grand cathedral on your own, follow a certified guide up nearly 500 steps to the top, where panoramic views of the city are your reward. As you climb, learn about the Duomo’s remarkable engineering and admire Renaissance frescoes by Giorgio Vasari.
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  • 1 hour
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Duomo Dome Skip the Line Tour

Duomo Dome Skip the Line Tour

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Get inside one of Florence's best-known buildings on this skip-the-line guided tour of the Duomo, including its famous dome. Climb to the top of the Cupola to enjoy spectacular views over Florence and to see Vasari's beautiful frescoes up close.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces

The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces

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Unlock the secrets of Florence’s famous Duomo—an architectural marvel designed in the 15th century and the icon of the Renaissance city. Learn about the history of Brunelleschi’s red-roofed dome as you climb to its very top, stopping along the way to explore hidden terraces and chambers not open to the general public. Be rewarded by panoramic views of Florence. Skip-the-line admission includes a guided tour of the cathedral and crypt.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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VIP Private Tour Florence Cathedral Dome & Monuments

VIP Private Tour Florence Cathedral Dome & Monuments

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Florence’s cathedral is the city’s crown jewel and most iconic monument, but its sprawling size and long lines can be discouraging. With this VIP tour, zip past the crowds at the entrance and enjoy an in-depth look at this vast complex. Visit the duomo from its soaring dome to its ancient crypt, admire the view from Giotto’s bell tower, marvel at the richly decorated baptistery, and tour the renovated museum.
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  • 3 hours
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Climb The Cupola (Dome) Guided Tour

Climb The Cupola (Dome) Guided Tour

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Climb the cupola of the Duomo with a guide on this 1-hour tour. Those who put forth the effort to climb the narrow staircase with 463 steps will be rewarded with a series of frescoes inside the dome and sweeping views of Rome. Traveling with a guide means you'll get insightful commentary on the history, architecture, and secrets of the dome.
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Reserved Ticket to Visit the Brunelleschi's Dome

Reserved Ticket to Visit the Brunelleschi's Dome

Reservations are required to visit Florence’s famous Duomo, so save time and guarantee your preferred day and time by pre-booking a ticket. Skip the often-long line when you arrive, and get tips on visiting from a host before stepping inside one of the world’s largest cathedrals. Explore Renaissance artwork and Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome at your own pace, plus get access to the many other monuments of Piazza del Duomo with the same ticket.
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Brunelleschi's Dome - Private Tour

Brunelleschi's Dome - Private Tour

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Come and visit the Dome of the Cathedral with this private guided tour, you will have the opportunity to enter without waiting for long, following your guide who will accompany you to the top of the dome, the heart of the city of Florence. You will discover the history of this fascinating monument, which represents the architectural work, created by Brunelleschi, with more importance in Europe since the Roman era. You will be fascinated by the extraordinary grandeur of the entire Duomo complex and during the visit you will be able to admire the frescoes found inside the dome up close and upon reaching the top you will enjoy one of the best panoramic views of the Renaissance city. By booking this guided tour you will have the possibility to purchase in addition: - 1 ticket valid for the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and the Baptistery of San Giovanni. - 1 ticket valid for Giotto's Bell Tower, for the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and for the Baptistery of San Giovanni.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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Florence: Private Cupola Climb Tour

Florence: Private Cupola Climb Tour

After seeing the Duomo from all sides and visiting the inside of the cathedral, all you need to do to complete the experience is a climb to the top of the cupola. See the entire city from a single point by climbing to the top of Florence's Dome by Joining a guided tour with local expert guides to discover the structure's full history. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Enjoy a spectacular view of the city • Climb to the top of the Cupola, the highest point in Florence • See an admirable creation of art by Filippo Brunelleschi
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  • 1 hour
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Florence Duomo: Private guided Dome tour

Florence Duomo: Private guided Dome tour

Once you’ve met your guide, you will be led past the ticket line and the group will head straight for the Duomo Cupola. The climb to the Cupola and the unparalleled views of the city from the top are the highlights of this experience. Built by Filippo Brunelleschi, this red dome was the largest in the world in its time and soon became a symbol of Florence. Throughout your tour of the Duomo Cupola, you will be accompanied by a licensed English-speaking guide who will share fascinating insights about the Cupola, the Duomo and its jaw-dropping architecture. You will be able to see the entire city of Florence. This trip to the top of the Duomo includes a 463-step climb to the top. On your way up, you will also get to see the stunning Duomo interiors, including a chance to see Vasari's Last Judgment up close. While inside the Cupola, your guide will also give you first-hand information about the Cathedral which you can easily spot from inside the Cupola or from the access entrance itself.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Brunelleschi’s Dome Climb: Direct access at fixed times

Brunelleschi’s Dome Climb: Direct access at fixed times

Enjoy a privileged access to the fascinating Opera del Duomo Museum, that hosts the largest concentration of Florentine monumental sculptures in the world: it includes medieval and Renaissance artworks by the leading artists of the era, over 750 works of art covering 720 years of history. You will get to admire the Michelangelo’s Pietà, and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise! Before parting ways with your guide, receive the tickets to admire the world-famous Brunelleschi’s Dome, the entrance is set at 11am! Start climbing the 463 steps to the top of the dome, at your own pace. On your way up, observe the magnificent “Last Judgement” fresco by Giorgio Vasari that decorates the walls of the Cupola very closely. Once on top remain speechless while admiring the incomparable panoramic views over Florence... Don’t miss this opportunity, only a limited number of people per day can climb to the Dome! Use your 72-hour valid ticket to explore the other parts of the wonderful Duomo monumental complex!
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  • 1 hour
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Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip

Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip

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Spend a day exploring the Italian cities of Florence and Pisa while in port in Livorno. With private pickup from your cruise, see the iconic Florence Duomo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa before returning to your ship at the end of the day. Upgrade your ticket to include a 3-hour tour in Florence with a private guide and skip-the-line entry to the Accademia and Uffizi galleries.
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  • 9 hours
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Brunelleschi's Cupola Tour in Florence

Brunelleschi's Cupola Tour in Florence

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Enjoy a spectacular view of the city • Climb to the top of the Cupola, the highest point in Florence • See an admirable creation of art by Filippo Brunelleschi - After seeing the Duomo from all sides and visiting the inside of the cathedral, all you need to do to complete the experience is a climb to the top of the cupola. See the entire city from a single point by climbing to the top of Florence's Dome by Joining a guided tour with local expert guides to discover the structure's full history.
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Florence Dome Climb & Private Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

Florence Dome Climb & Private Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Florence has one of the highest concentrations of important works of art and architecture in the world, and can be overwhelming on a first visit. This private tour is an easy way to get an overview of the city’s highlights on foot with the insight of an art historian guide and the convenience of hotel pick up and skip-the-line tickets to Brunelleschi’s iconic dome.
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  • 3 hours
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Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Florence Walking Tour

Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Florence Walking Tour

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Team a skip-the-line tour of the Accademia Gallery with a tour of the historical center of Florence. Perfect for first-time visitors to the Tuscan city, the experience starts with a walk to see key monuments such as Florence Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio. Hear their history and secrets from your guide, then step inside the Uffizi Gallery to discover its wealth of Italian artwork. Gaze at renowned works including Botticelli's Birth of Venus, and learn about the likes of Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and more.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$75.49
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Private Combi Tours: Walking tour and Dome Climb Tour

Private Combi Tours: Walking tour and Dome Climb Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Visit Florence's most famous attractions with a private local guide • See an admirable creation of art by Filippo Brunelleschi • Enjoy a spectacular view of the city and get to know the hidden secrets of the city - A guided, informative tour visiting Florence city center including several of its significant constructions and hidden attractions. Following this, you will have the opportunity to view the entire city from a single point, by climbing to the top of the dome.
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  • 3 hours
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Secrets, Mysteries And Legends Of Florence

Secrets, Mysteries And Legends Of Florence

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Explore Florence on a 2-hour evening walking tour that takes you into the heart of the city. See the Duomo from the outside, the Museo Casa di Dante, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, and Ponte Vecchio among other top attractions. Your guide shares commentary about the history and architecture of the city along with recommendations for places to visit on your own.
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Best of Florence: Museum Special with Accademia & Uffizi

Best of Florence: Museum Special with Accademia & Uffizi

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See two of Florence’s most popular museums in one day with a full-day tour that includes entrance tickets to the Accademia Gallery and The Uffizi. Save time with reservations to the museums and a guided tour of the famous and lesser-known artworks. Your guide also takes you on a walking tour of the city center that covers highlights such as the Piazza San Giovanni (Duomo Square).
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Florence Walking Tour: Intro to the City

Florence Walking Tour: Intro to the City

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If it's your first time in Florence, then take this intro tour of the city, and discover the history behind the world's Renaissance capital. Exploring by foot, you'll stop to see treasures such as Florence Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, the history-rich bridge that spans the River Arno. Stroll through the handsome piazzas of the city's centro storico, pose for photos, and glean fun facts about life in Florence through the ages.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Florence by golf Cart Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence by golf Cart Piazzale Michelangelo

Guided tour of the most important monuments of the city and the historic center of Florence. Buy time with an expert driver from the city of Florence. the best choice for disabled people to see the city up close.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Florence city tour by Golf Cart

Florence city tour by Golf Cart

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Guided tour of the most important monuments of the city and the historic center of Florence. Buy time with an expert driver from the city of Florence. the best choice for disabled people to see the city up close.
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 Medici between Art and Power-Walking Tour

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Medici between Art and Power-Walking Tour

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Learn the story of the powerful and influential Medici family, who helped shape Florence into the city it is today. A family of wool merchants and bankers, the Medicis rose to prominence in the 1500s and ruled Florence throughout the Renaissance. Visit Palazzo Medici, Pitti Palace, Ponte Vecchio, and other notable landmarks on a 2-hour walking tour.
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The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales

The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales

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This tour is the best walking tour that you can ever have in Florence. It is a great introduction to the city for both first-timers as well as returners. It covers the main attractions of the city and also the hidden gems that are well and truly "off the beaten track" and gives you facts you wouldn't know or notice walking around by yourself. While you'll be led through the city you will be even accompanied through three centuries full of thrilling stories about the Medici family who influenced Florence’s history; little by little the Renaissance will become alive in front of you. You will not be involved in a boring, neutral lecture, but in a pleasant stroll through the center of Florence, in a friendly and easy-going atmosphere. This tour, except the small commission for TripAdvisor, is based on donations. This means that if you like the tour you can leave a tip (some people give 10€, some people give 50€, you choose the price) to reward the guide.
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Florence in few hours

Florence in few hours

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 Single City Tour Guided without walking  Best solution to visit all of Florence in a short time  Ability to take numerous photos from the best viewpoints  Possibility of entering some historic buildings / churches  Local guide of Florence  Possibility of customizing the tour  Advice on what to do / other activities in the city
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  • 1 hour to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Florence Dome and Dome Monuments: a full guided experience!

Florence Dome and Dome Monuments: a full guided experience!

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Explore the crown jewel of Florence inside and out on this ultimate Duomo tour including a climb to the top of the cupola for magnificent views of the city and grand cathedral below. Learn the history of Brunelleschi's medieval feat of engineering, and admire the original baptistery "Doors of Paradise" and other Renaissance relics on a guided tour of the Opera del Duomo Museum.
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