Best of Florence: Small Group Tour Skip-the-Line David & Accademia with Duomo

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From $81.35

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


Experience the Tuscan capital's top attractions on a small-group walking tour through Florence. Begin with skip-the-line access to view Michelangelo's 'David' in the Accademia Gallery, and learn how the House of Medici shaped Florence into a helm of arts and humanities. Then see the lovely exterior of the Duomo, the city's iconic, Gothic-style cathedral, as well as the Baptistery to hear the fascinating origins of the Gates of Paradise. Afterward stroll the local streets, taking in landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio bridge.
  • Small-group walking tour of Florence
  • Visit Florence's iconic sights and learn the stories behind them
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Accademia Gallery
  • See Michelangelo's 'David
  • Stroll along Florence streets, taking in sights like the Piazza della Signoria, the romantic Ponte Vecchio, and the Duomo
  • Receive personalized attention with your small group

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See two of Florence's top attractions without the wait, all in a relaxed small group limited to 15.

What's Included

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-Line ticket to Accademia Gallery
  • Skip-the-Line ticket to the Florence Duomo
  • Guided Walk through Florence to see Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and more
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazza San Marco
    Piazza San Marco, Firenze FI, Italy

    Piazza San Marco. Meet your guide by the statue in the middle of the square. Your guide will be holding a Walks sign.

End point

  • Ponte Vecchio
    Ponte Vecchio, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

    Ponte Vecchio

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • This tour is wheelchair accessible with advance notice. Please contact us upon booking to arrange your visit.
  • Due to the religious nature of the Cathedral, all individuals regardless of gender must cover their shoulders and knees. Walks cannot be held responsible for those denied entry.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 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

Tours like this are really useful especially for first time visitors like us.
This is an awesome tour to get to see the highlights of Florence if you only have limited time.
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This was my second tour...
Nicole_U, Mar 2023
This was my second tour through Viator in Florence . First one in Rome Highly recommend! You will not be disappointed
Overall great experience....
Tara_P, Mar 2023
Overall great experience. I was in Florence solo and took this tour for sight seeing. The team was knowledgeable and friendly. Very accommodating and worth every penny.
Educational and beautiful
Susan_H, Feb 2023
Charles was so knowledgeable and passionate about the art. It was infectious!! This tour hits the best spots if you have limited time.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Dear Susan_H, Thank you for sharing your positive experience with the Best of Florence Small Group Tour Skip-the-Line David & Accademia with Duomo. We are glad to hear that Charles was knowledgeable and passionate about the art and that the tour hit the best spots for those with limited time. We hope you enjoyed your time in Florence and that you will consider our company for your future travel experiences again. If there is anything else you would like to address with us, feel free to contact us at feedback@walks.org. Kind regards, Jhonas.
Florence brought to life!
Gillian_M, Dec 2022
Our guide, Bernie, was a font of knowledge for all the sights. He had exceptional knowledge of Michelangelo’s David, the sculptures around the city, and the stunning cathedral , taking lots of time to point out features and to answer any questions we had. It was a wonderful, fun and educational experience! Special thanks to Bernie who really brought Florence to life!
Best of the best
Taylor_N, Nov 2022
We loved this experience! The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and made sure to cater the tour to the interests of the group. Being able to skip the long lines and head directly to the David and inside the Duomo was so worth it! Would recommend this experience to anyone visiting Florence for the first time to get a lay of the land.
Very worthwhile doing
ALFIO_D, Oct 2022
Elena (Helen) was our tour guide and she was wonderful! Her English was good. It was a small group and everything about the tour was interesting. We loved the Acadamia and the explanations especially about Michelangelo's David.
Awesome tour of most important attractions in Florence
Marian_Z, Oct 2022
We saw Michallangelo’s David, the Duomo (Basilika of Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza Maggiore, Piazza de la Republica, Palazzo Vecchio and Ponto de Vecchio. It was awesome!
I would do this again!!
Suzanne_D, Oct 2022
Ishmael was a great tour guide. We learned a lot during the tour about Florence and the Duomo. His explanation about the doors were particularly interesting.
Tour was great - directions for how to connect with your could be better
Rebecca_A, Oct 2022
Matteo was a fabulous guide. He definitely loves his job and feels a great deal of love for his city! The only thing I would say is that the directions of how and where to meet were not at all clear. The email and messages I received made it sound like there was a specific location to “get tickets” when in fact it was just a matter of finding the correct tour group in the piazza, not getting tickets. Once we figured this out the tour was great. Would recommend Matteo as a guide for anyone wanting to learn about Florence.
Fascinating and entertaining tour!
Stephanie_G, Oct 2022
Seeing the statue of David and learning about how Michelangelo created this work. Very interesting and entertaining information in general about the history of Florence.
Great tour!
Darla_S, Oct 2022
Very informative. Learned a lot during this tour. I really enjoyed learning from our tour guide. She was great!
Excellent walking tour !
Steven_H, Sep 2022
I have done a walking tour a few times before over the years with a tour group. Amazing experience with a great guide, Ishmael. He was fun, very knowledgeable , and asked about people's comfort as we went. Highly recommend! Also, remember it is nice to tip your guide for excellent service !
Our guide Guadalupe was...
CB_H, Sep 2022
Our guide Guadalupe was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the walking tour of the Acedmia and the Duomo
Extremely worth the time
jasvir_s, Sep 2022
Ticket/voucher is a bit confusing. On app it says you need to collect the tickets but actually you don’t, just head to the point and meet the organizers. We had among the best guide I’ve had the chance to encounter. Our guide explained to us the history and also the cultural impact that is David. Truly left me thinking about his inspirational words hours after the tour. Overall the tour was purposeful and we didn’t feel as though we were being dragged from point a-b mindlessly.
Highly recommend this tour with Matt!
Arianna_B, Sep 2022
Our guide Matt was fantastic! Super knowledgeable and funny! Great and memorable tour, our best in Florence!
Felicia_S, Aug 2022
After booking my tour the tour guide texted me asking if I could move the tour 4 hours later. I could not because I had a train to make. I could not get a refund on this tour which was almost $400 despite at least 10 emails sent over 4 days well before the tour time deadline, and literally hours on a chat with a so-called customer service representative who was completely useless. They do not train their representatives and it was both very aggravating and a HUGE WASTE OF MY PRECIOUS TIME WHILE ON VACATION IN FLORENCE. STAY AWAY! They would not even compensate me for their mistake and what they put me through while I was supposed to be on vacation. Use another company- this was ridicuously bad, and no acknowledgement of what they had done.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hello Felicia_S, Thank you for providing your feedback. After reviewing our bookings with Viator, I can see you have already been cancelled. After reviewing our bookings with Viator, we, unfortunately, do not have any booking for this tour under your name. Our recent tours in Florence have had no disruptions, so I'm not entirely sure who you spoke to, but if I can help you resolve this, please let me know. If you would kindly reach out to me at feedback@walks.org, we can check to see if you booked under a different name for your booking. Kind Regards, Iryna
Excellent time with Costanza
Kieran_T, Aug 2022
Costanza was an excellent guide! So knowledgeable and sweet. We felt very comfortable, and definitely thought the price was worth it considering we were able to skip the line, and the group was so small.
Great experience, great value
Kevin_M, Aug 2022
Brenda was our guide and she is incredible! So knowledgeable and brought a great depth to seeing David and Il Duomo. Check-in was super easy and quick. The radio headsets were super helpful to hear Brenda throughout the tour. At the end, she even stayed behind a few moments to give recommendations for gelato and restaurants.
Linda_C, Aug 2022
The guide was absolutely brilliant, very knowledgeable and funny. The group was just the right size made me want up a bit more history
Charles was incredible!!
Malvika_M, Aug 2022
Our tour guide, Charles, was absolutely incredible! Made our entire Florence trip so much more meaningful. He’s a true student of Florence history and the arts and so passionately shared his incredible insights throughout. So many guides narrate from prepared scripts but not Charles. When one’s passion becomes their work… we’ll, that is Charles. Highly highly recommend!