Skip the line Florence Tour: Accademia, Duomo Climb and Cathedral

Badge of ExcellenceFirenze, Italy

From $90.00

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 to 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Florence is like an open-air museum, and it can be hard to know where to start. Prioritize your time with this combo tour of two must-see artistic treasures. See one of the world’s most recognizable statues with an express visit to the Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s ‘David,’ and then climb to the top of Brunelleschi’s famous Duomo that caps the Florence Cathedral. Learn the background of each masterpiece, and save precious vacation time with skip-the-line entry at both attractions.
  • See two essential Florence landmarks in one morning or afternoon
  • Visit the renowned Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's original 'David' statue up close
  • Climb the Duomo and bell tower of the Florence Cathedral for panoramic views
  • Avoid long waits at these popular attractions with skip-the-line access

What's Included

  • Pre-reserved tickets for the climb up to the dome of the cathedral ( if you choose the option)
  • Small-group tour for a more personalised and interactive experience
  • Pre-reserved tickets to see statue of David at the Accademia
  • Expert local guides
  • Brunelleschi’s Pass giving access for 72 hours for the Duomo Complex and the Cathedral
  • Headsets to hear the guide better
  • Transport to the meeting spot
  • Choose the option without the Climb for a less physically demanding tour

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Ricasoli, 58
    Via Ricasoli, 58, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

    We meet at the front gate of the Accademia ( Galleria Dell'Accademia ). Your guide will have a sign that says Walks In Europe

End point

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
    Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

    We finish the tour at Piazza del Duomo where the cathedral is.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Individuals wearing sleeveless shirts and shorts above knees are not allowed inside the cathedral
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The Cathedral of Florence is an “operating” church and it can be closed to visitors for any liturgical reason, even without warning (for the funeral of a Bishop, for example)
  • Consider adding buffer time before your next tour, because the Cupola climb may take longer than expected
  • Visitors are advised that the Baptistery is undergoing restoration of the mosaics of the vault. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Consider booking the tour without the Cupola climb if you feel it will be a challenge
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips

If you are interested in a quick tour of the history, culture, and architecture of both these tourist sites in a small group environment, then this one can be highly recommended.
Very well done tour and guide was great to explain the art history and the Duomo, would recommend this tour.
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Knowledgeable Guide
Aimee_G, Mar 2023
Very knowledgeable and personable guide - Ottavia had a master's in art! She made the tour a lot of fun. And don't skip the climb as you will want to see the paintings in the dome up close!
Wonderful Experience
Judi_A, Mar 2023
The guide was fabulous, the skip the line is a must, and the views at the top were breathtaking. It is A LOT of steps in very small space.
David is enough just the...
Jim_H, Mar 2023
David is enough just the sheer size and detail. Then the guide brough it all to life. If you are short of time but have the money this skipped the Q to accademia nicely. The Duomo climb is worth every effort. Florence is History at every turn. Put on 6lbs in 3 days...
Galleria and Santa Maria Tour
Diego_T, Mar 2023
Great tour. Our guide Chiara was very knowledgeable, courteous, and friendly! Please know the Duomo climb is optional. So anyone who does NOT wish to do the climb, CAN still take the tour.
Skip the line and go with a guide!
Jill_W, Mar 2023
We had a great time on our tour. The guide was so fun and a wonderful story teller. So glad to skip the line and have a knowledgeable guide. The climb to the top of the Duomo was worth it for the amazing views of Florence. Would definitely recommend.
Good Experience
Sandra_L, Mar 2023
we had a good guide, enjoyed having skip the line, it was needed, otherwise would have spent hours in line
MUST climb the Dome! 👍🏼👍🏼
Kim_J, Mar 2023
Great tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Words and pictures cannot describe what you’ll see as it was truly beautiful. You must climb the Dome while it’s 463 steps the view of Florence was breath taking. We didn’t climb the bell tower but heard the Dome was a better view
Great tour!
Jesslyn_L, Feb 2023
Great tour! Octavia was very knowledgable and provide great insight in both of these sites. We were very fortunate to have such a kind tour guide with us.
Duomo Upclose and Personal
Torre_W, Feb 2023
We had a wonderful day. Our tour guide was well informed and took great care of us. An excellent experience 💜💜. Ciao 💋
Great tour!
Laura_D, Feb 2023
Ottavia was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide! We greatly enjoyed the tour. Just be aware to choose the dome tour climb option (it’s not automatically included). I made this mistake but the guide company allowed me to correct it on the tour. We got to see from the top and it was beautiful! Worth the steps!
Wonderful tour of Florence
Rodney_S, Feb 2023
The guide and her knowledge of Florence was wonderful. Loved climbing the cupola and the views. Elisa took the time to tell us the history and background of many of the sculptures that we saw.
Perfect Tour!
Louis_F, Feb 2023
It was mere moments and we could tell that(Forgot her name)was going to be an incredible tour guide. From her friendly and welcoming introduction, the immediate entrance into the Academia (skip the line) and incredible knowledge of each and every piece of amazing artwork, She was perfect! We learned so much about history, history of art, perception, artwork through the 1500’s - present, explanation of why an artist chose a style, types of marble, the incredible statue of David and the unfinished statues in the same room. We then traveled over to the Duomo where we discussed the altar, the incredible architecture and of course the breathtaking frescoes. This tour was beyond what we were expecting and honestly it’s all due to her , a master of art history!
Dylan_G, Jan 2023
This was my favourite duomo in Italy. Climbing to the top and seeing the whole of Florence was also an amazing experience
Thank you Martina!!
Cyri_C, Jan 2023
Martina is a passionate, intelligent, friendly and fun tour guide. She made our visit to Florence very special, informative and wonderful!!!
Great tour! Sylvia was...
Yaremi_M, Dec 2022
Great tour! Sylvia was very informative and knowledgeable. Great way to see david and the academia. Also, great way to learn about Florence and the basilica Santa Maria Fiore.
A Great Lesson in Art Appreciation and History
Wayne_J, Dec 2022
Our guide was warm, friendly and phenomenally knowledgeable. We spent 45 minutes walking atriums the statue of David and were riveted with the information provided. The tour of the cathedral and climb to the Duomo were awesome as well. Note that this tour is really about the David so an appreciation of art or an open mind to learning about art is key to enjoying it.
Excellent Guided tour!
Jiaxu_Z, Dec 2022
Had a fantastic experience with Ricardo at Academia gallery and St Mary Cathedral! Certainly unforgettable & highly recommended
Good- but a bit basic
tgriga03, Dec 2022
Too much time with academia and David- should spend more time with duomo and church history etc. kids did not enjoy
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Hello, thank you very much for your review. We, at Walks in Europe really appreciate the feedback. We are sorry to hear that you found the tour basic. Our guide is one of the best in Italy, with years of experience. Our tours are designed to leave you with as much knowledge and understanding of these magnificent places as possible. Though this can be quite subjective and these sites might not be for everyone. We thank you for your comments and will take these suggestions on board. Hope to see you on another tour! In another city perhaps? Kind Reagards,
Ahhh. David
Matt_B, Dec 2022
Roberta was amazing. She made so many accommodations for us to make our trip worthwhile and our tour great. She explained much and gave us a realistic preview of what to anticipate. I also like that she deviated from the tour based on what we asked her to learn about.
Great tour!!!
Ronald_G, Nov 2022
One of the best tours we ever had!!! Martina, our tour guide was amazing!!! She is extremely knowledgeable and very professional!!! She gave us so much information in interesting and fun way! We were lucky to have her as our guide and even luckier the tour was just for the two of us! To see Michaelangelo's David in person is such a great experience! The Cathedral and Duomo climb were awesome. I strongly recommend this tour and if you get Martina as your guide, you are in for a great treat!!!