Skip the line: Duomo Skywalk - Florence Heaven

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Visit Florence Duomo with a skip-the-line ticket, and enjoy exclusive access to the terraces for panoramic views of the city. After touring the cathedral, you’ll make your way up the staircase and along corridors that have been closed to the public for centuries. Stand on the terraces as you learn about Brunelleschi, the dome’s architect, then continue to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, if you wish. Upgrade to be among the first visitors of the day inside the Duomo, exploring with the official key-bearer before it opens to the general public.
  • Tour of Florence Duomo and the terraces
  • Skip the main entrance lines with a fast-track ticket
  • See frescoes by Vasari and ascend Brunelleschi’s dome
  • Upgrade to open up the Duomo with the key-bearer—breakfast in a historic café included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Climb as high as you want on this special-access tour, from exclusive terraces to the very top of the Duomo.

What's Included

  • English speaking fully licensed Art & History guide
  • Guided tour of the Cathedral (skip the line)
  • Exclusive opening of the Duomo terraces
  • Climb on top of Brunelleschi's Dome (skip the line)
  • Earphones for bigger groups
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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

What To Expect

Meet your guide at Florence’s Piazza della Repubblica. With your skip-the-line ticket in hand, make your way past the general entrance lines outside Florence Duomo, and head inside the famous place of worship.

Also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo is one of the world’s largest churches. Hear fun facts about its history as you admire Paolo Uccello’s clock and frescoes by Giorgio Vasari.

Next, you’ll head up the staircase, making your way through corridors that have been off-limits to the public for centuries. When you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with views over the city from the terraces—more than 100 feet (32 meters) above ground level. Hear how Brunelleschi created the dome without the use of scaffolding, a feat that defied the traditional rules of architecture.

If you want to climb even higher, then head up to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome. Your skip-the-line ticket gives you access to the vantage point at the highest level of the church.

Your tour finishes inside the church, but you can stay inside for longer if you like. Your ticket also grants access to the Great Museum of the Cathedral, Florence Baptistery, the Great Museum of the Duomo, and Giotto’s Bell Tower. Attractions must be visited within 48 hours of your tour.

Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

1 hour 40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Cupola del Brunelleschi

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We regret to inform that this tour is not suitable for guests with wheelchairs or with impaired mobility
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Comfortable shoes suggested
  • Please note the number of steps to reach the top of each monument: Terraces: 153 and Terraces + Brunelleschi's Dome: 153 + 310
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to the security checks, please be informed that for the entrance to the Dome and Terraces, bulky backpacks and bags are not allowed to climb
  • We are sorry to inform you that pets are not permitted on our tours
  • Children under 7 years old are not admitted
  • Due to occasional institutional events at the Duomo, the itinerary of the tour may be subject to minor changes
  • You'll have the opportunity to visit the other monuments of the Duomo complex on your own within 72 hours after the tour: Baptistery, Giotto's Bell Tower, Opera del Duomo Museum
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 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

Ensure you wear comfy shoes and bring water and even a fan for when you rest !


598 reviews
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Climb to the top
Jeffrey_B, Sep 2023
The view from above was amazing, the ceiling inside was really something to see and the walk up was a thrill. The guide was very informative.
Lots of steps!
Evan_G, Sep 2023
It was a great tour & our guide was very knowledgeable. She answered all our questions. Being able to see the Terrance was a nice add on.
Amazing view of florence
Madelyn_R, Sep 2023
Great experience. Able to see a beautiful view of florence. Well worth the climb of the stairs. Our guide was great
Spectacular Duomo Skywalk & History
Michael_M, Sep 2023
We met our guide and the group in a nearby plaza. She took us directly into the drama and skipped a large line of people. After an informative tour of the main floor of the church, we ascended up into the Duomo. It was a room, narrow and steep climb, but well worth it. we got to see the dome out from inside at two levels. And we got to tour the outside of the Duomo, including the very top. The views were spectacular. It was well worth it to take this tour. I highly recommend taking this tour because you see every part of the Duomo, while getting an in depth explanation of how it was built and the story behind the artwork. Don’t miss this opportunity.
Climb the Duomo
greghatchwell, Sep 2023
Great tour and our guide FFrancesca was just awesome. Highly recommend the early bird session to witness the opening of the Duomo and then enjoy being the first visitors on the top of the Duomo - just magical!
Wonderful beautiful
Jeffrey_T, Sep 2023
Great view but strenuous walk. Great guide. Very warm temp today. Nice pics and nice to skip line………….jdjdjdjdjdjdjdjdjdjdjdjdjjdjddnnnf
Awakening the Duomo - Worth it!
Sarah_M, Sep 2023
We did the Awakening the Duomo tour and let me tell you…WELL worth the price/early morning. You walk in to the cathedral with the lights off and they turn them on just for your group. Magical! You get breakfast across the street (coffee and a pastry) and then get to be the first and only people in the Baptistry. Then you go back to the main church and start the climb up to the Duomo. We were the ONLY people up there and could climb up in peace (which was very nice since most of the climb is through narrow passage ways). Throughout the tour, the guide gave great historical information and answered any questions with ease. Highly recommend this tour!
Lovely Sunset Views of Florence from the Duomo!
Kevin_W, Sep 2023
My wife and I really enjoyed the tour of the Duomo! Not only was the Cathedral itself beautiful, but with the 6pm tour, you end up getting a spectacular sunset view of Florence. The ticket also includes access to the Opera del Duomo Museum and the the Baptistery of St. John -- each worth a visit. The walk up the Dome is moderately difficult -- I wouldn't go so far as to say it's strenuous -- but wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to catch your breath at each stop along the way. Our tour guide was Maria Cristina -- she was knowledgeable, friendly, and, even used her iPad as a visual aide to provide historical context for the tour. She also helped manage the flow with additional tour groups to ensure we had adequate time at each stop along the tour. (In fact, if there's still a way to tip her for the tour, we'd love to do so -- we forgot to bring cash!)
Sarah was a wonderful...
Cynthia_D, Sep 2023
Sarah was a wonderful tour guide. Very informative presenting the history of the Duomo. The views from the top were breathtaking. I'm very happy to have taken the tour with viator. I will recommend you in the future.
Alla was Terrific
Diana_P, Sep 2023
Alla was a terrific guide. Her calmness and politeness made asking questions extremely wonderful and engaging. She was so knowledgeable and I would recommend a private tour with her for any tour options Bellissimo
Nice experience overall
Salomon_G, Sep 2023
Nice experience overall, excellent tour, the guide told us about the little secrets of the cathedral and the Suomi; worth the money!
Magical trip
Susan_B, Sep 2023
This was a magical trip up to the top of the Duomo and the guide was informative and fun! The trek up to the top is work but totally worth it for the incredible view!
Fantastic views from Duomo Skywalk
David_K, Sep 2023
This was an amazing experience. The cathedral is fantastic to see both inside and out. The climb up to the dome is not as bad as you think. When you are walking around the outside of the dome, the views make this an excellent and thoroughly recommended experience!
Vicky_R, Sep 2023
I highly recommend this tour. You get to see the Duomo without the crowds which is amazing but you also have a guide to give you all the details of the building. It is a steep climb to the top but well worth it for the view and the time you get before it’s open to the general population.
Wonderful tour guide
Allene_D, Sep 2023
We had an amazing time entering the Duomo before it is open to the public. Our tour guide Greta was personable, communicated clearly and very knowledgeable.
A fantastic early morning tour
DArcy_R, Sep 2023
Even though the start is extra early, it is definitely worth booking. Our group walked into the duomo and we were the only ones there. It was actually dark when we walked in and then they turn on the lights. Our guide is very good. Quite patient. The climb to the top of the dome, over 400 steps, was to be honest, challenging, but absolutely worth it once you are up there looking out over Florence. An absolute must do
The First Tour of the Morning is a Must
Julianna_M, Sep 2023
Our tour guide Francesca was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. Being the first to enter was a great way to experience the Duomo. No crowds, imagine that! We went from the church to the baptistery and then the Duomo, but first cappuccino and croissants. The climb is very challenging but we were able to finish and oh, the views from the top again without the crowds. We were given tickets to the Museum which I suggest you take advantage of. We were so glad we went right after the climb, less crowded.
Best Duomo Tour
Linda_S, Sep 2023
What a wonderful experience! Our guide Stephano was exceptional. So knowledgeable! Exciting to watch them unlock the the Duomo and we went in before they even turned on the lights. Saw the Duomo and Baptistry. Had a lovely pastry and coffee breakfast. Then the climb to the top of the dome was tight, but we were only ones there. The view was amazing! So worth the climb. I would highly recommend this tour!
Don't book with Florentown Tours whom Viator subcontracts
Bruce_C, Sep 2023
I understand people have excuses to miss tours however, I did not plan on missing mine. Due to a MVA on the highway which had traffic at a standstill for an hour and a half I missed my tour. I was in contact with Viator and Florencetown Tours updating them on the situation. We asked for another time. I was told we would have to pay full price, no exceptions. I paid $528.00 and never received the tour. This was not my fault nor the tour operator. I asked for a refund, denied, future credit with Viator, denied. partial refund, denied. I will be disputing this charge. We were so discusted on the lack of concern once the cars were towed and traffic cleared we never exited for Florence and we went straight to Rome.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Dear Mr. Chau, Thank you for taking time to share your feedback. We never thought you were making any excuse to miss the tour, and we totally believe your version of facts. Unfortunately, when you make a last second cancellation on an experience like this, which was fully booked weeks in advance, blocking 4 spaces on the general availability, you are generating costs to the producing company too. This is the reason why we have a free cancellation policy if you cancel 24hours in advance, but we are no longer able to provide the refund if you cancel within 24hours from the tour. For your own ammission, this is not our fault either, but you are actually reviewing us and blaming us for not making a refund to you, because you paid. Well we've paid too Sir, so we feel this is a bit unfair, and we don't see your concern for us either, even if we were constantly in contact with you and we've waited for you until the last second. I guess that if in our place there was some plane or train company, you wouldn't have asked for a refund or compensation just because you were late and missed the trip, or maybe you'd have subscribed a travel insurance... so I am wondering why you think that for a tour company is different. We produce experiences and we employ the highest quality professionals, we buy tickets and we face all needed expenses, still we refund our customers when they have issues for any fault that might be associated with us. In this case we have no fault. Please allow us to specify that we've also never received any request by you for a discount voucher for our tours, because we would have been absolutely keen to provide it for the 50% of the amount you've paid. You might have asked Viator, but this is not our fault if they didn't agree to any other form of compensation. We always try to find a compromise with our guests. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you on one of our tours again in the future. Best regards, Florencetown - Towns of Italy Customer Care
Excellent Morning Experience
Jessica_K, Sep 2023
The tour guide, Greta, was on time, knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. It was excellent to be at the Duomo when it opened and there was no crowd. We even got to see them open the cathedral and the baptistery. The coffee and croissant were enough in the morning to get us through and were delicious. The steps were steep and many. Wear your sneakers, but Greta’s knowledge that she shared and the amazing view made this worth it.

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