The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces

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From $108.83

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


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.
  • Guided tour of Florence's iconic Duomo
  • Learn the fascinating history behind Brunelleschi's architectural marvel
  • Climb to the very top of the dome to take in stunning panoramic views of the city below
  • Gain access to secret terraces and rooms not open to the general public

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Skip the line access to Florence Cathedral
  • Guided tour of the Cathedral and exceptional opening of Duomo North terrace
  • Skip the line and reserved access to Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Exclusive access to the central nave
  • 72 hour full-access to Duomo Complex: Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery and Opera del Duomo Museum
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Camillo Cavour, 12
    Via Camillo Cavour, 12, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

    Please find number 12 "Black" Via Camillo Cavour which is the easiest number to find and then walk to nearby CIAOFLORENCE SALES OFFICE - Ciao Florence Sales Office - Via Cavour, 36 "RED". You will understand clearly this address description once you are in Florence

End point

  • Piazza di San Giovanni
    Piazza di San Giovanni, Firenze FI, Italy

    The tour will end on top of Cathedral secret terraces, in Piazza San Giovanni, Florence (Duomo Square)

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Good walking shoes are recommended
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note the number of steps to reach the top of each monument: Terraces: 153 - Terraces + Brunelleschi's Dome: 153 + 310 from the Terraces
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Note that if you are claustrophobic or terrified of heights, this might not be for you.
Good day to do this is on Monday when most major musrr Er UK’s are closed
222 reviews
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Very good
Susan_K, Mar 2023
Very good! So much to see and learn, but was surprised that tour was very short. Guide was very nice, personable and interactive!
Good tour but not so good guide
WeiMin_H, Mar 2023
It was awesome to be on terrace to see the city, but it was not a lot of time (just 5 mins). The part we really don't enjoy is the English tour guide with heavy accent and we had hard time to understand.
Must do the Duomo
Elizabeth_M, Feb 2023
The climb to the terraces is not that difficult and the views are spectacular if you can't do the 400 plus to the top of the dome. Our guide was terrific,full of knowledge. Highly recommend.
The destination but not the guide.
Daniella_C, Dec 2022
The duomo is absolutely stunning and the climb to the top is worth the view! However, our tour was not what we expected. It felt as though the guide was doing the bare minimum and not giving much information at all as though she was trying to get it over with. From the time we started to when she left us on our own was at most 25 minutes. We have done over 7 tours on our trip of various cathedrals and points of interest and this was disappointing.
Duomo Climb
geoff_D, Dec 2022
Loved the climb up the dome and was in the belltower when the bells rang. Very good trip Definitely recomended
Pam_B, Oct 2022
The tour was fun and the guide was excellent. We had access to the hidden area. My family had a fun time learning about the history.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Dear Pam, Thank you for the review! We are happy you and your family enjoyed the tour and got to learn new things. We hope to see you again on another tour with us!
Must do !
Penny_J, Oct 2022
Amazing views at the top, definitely worth doing, loved the skip the line. Remover to keep the ticket for the rest of Duomo complex.
Not great
Courtney_C, Oct 2022
Poor experience. Really overpriced. Do not take this one! Tour guide was low energy and not great. Views from middle first tier were nice. But felt really rushed and didn’t have time to take photos and really soak it in. Went to top but would not recommend if you are at all claustrophobic. Got stuck on the top with the largest kids group ever. Really ruined it and there was no room to move up there. Overall, worse tour of my entire 10 days Italy trip
This was definitely worth...
Bridget_H, Oct 2022
This was definitely worth the money. For starters, you get to skip the long line to get into the cathedral by going through a side door. The lines to get into Santa Maria del Fiore were intense and very likely longer than the entire tour. Giacamo, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable, kind, and funny. He was very accommodating to all the guest and personally walked several people that didn't want to go up the 4000 stairs to the very top back down. If you plan to see the Cathedral its worth the money to do a tour that gives you the history while also allowing you to skip the long lines. This one was cool because you got to climb up to the top of the dome.
Dome skip the line
Gary_S, Oct 2022
Skip the line is worth the cost. Guide was nice. Very enthusiastic about Florence history. To see the inside of the dome was great despite having seen on TV before. Views from top are spectacular as well.
I very much enjoyed the...
Eileen_K, Oct 2022
I very much enjoyed the knowledge and humor that our guide added to the tour! It was interesting to learn more about the Duomo and it construction.
Uninspiring guide
Janet_R, Oct 2022
Our guide walked us to the Duomo and around the inside, but was uninspiring. She came with us to the private terrace but then that was where she left us. Climbing the dome was amazing, but the tour was just so-so.
Beware of confusing meeting point instructions
John_G, Oct 2022
Could not find the meeting point for the travel agency that was conducting our tour. Made contact with the tour guide 15 minutes before our meeting time but we were not able to understand due to language barrier. The tour guide entered the Duomo with. His tour group without us. We tried once again to both call and message the travel agency prior to the start time but both went unanswered. When we were finally able to make contact they informed us the guide went inside and that they would not honor our request for refund. There was no loss for them since the guide was still able to take a group on the tour. We lost almost $400 due to the agency’s greed and lack of understanding that this was not an intentional cancellation on our part.
Arthur_Y, Oct 2022
Beautiful church. Climbing up to the terraces let you see the artwork on the dome close-up. Skipping the line saved a lot of time.
Our guide was very nice...
Alina_H, Oct 2022
Our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. He answered all our questions. Then we climbed to the top of the dome and the views were amazing.
It was definitely worth...
Michelle_S, Sep 2022
It was definitely worth not having to stand in line for 2 hours! The guide was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of the history. The view from the outside first landing was great- didn’t go to the top as it was very hot outside and the thought of walking up hundreds of stairs with little air was not worth the extra view for us.
Great experience
Joanne_P, Aug 2022
Really great experience with a fantastic guide. Well organised with interesting snippets of information about the cathedral
Wouldn't recommend
Kate_R, Aug 2022
Overpriced tour, for which a lot of it was outside the building looking at symbols before finally entering inside a good 45mins after the tour start time (which also started late). Felt that the terrace walk was overrated. The walk up the duomo was optional after the tour ended and the wait on the small walkway half way up was quite a while and not explained very well. Tour guide was nice, just felt that this type of tour is very overpriced for what you actually do and not well organised.
Good Access But Tour Lacking
Amy_G, Jul 2022
Sparse commentary on the building and dome by our guide Deborah. Nice views from the terrace. Glad the ticket gave us access to other sites connected to the Dumo.
Tour Guide
Brendan_S, Jul 2022
The tour guide was amazing! He took the time and walked us through an historical trail and tied it all up at the top of the Duomo.