The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces

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The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • 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

Piazza San Giovanni

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Cupola del Brunelleschi

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Good walking shoes are recommended
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kindly note that starting from 1st May 2023 bulky backpacks and bags will no longer be allowed inside the Dome and Terraces to ensure the safety and security of all visitors.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 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


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Lively views!
Genice_F, Sep 2023
Chiara was an excellent, well informed, and enthusiastic tour guide! She was both helpful in answering questions and knowledgeable about all aspects of the Duomo complex. Plus, she provided suggestions for other sights as well. Thank you so much for a great tour.
Worth the climb!
Amy_B, Sep 2023
The Duomo is understated beauty in comparison to many churches in the area. However, I find it more enjoyable because I can focus on the individual parts instead of being overwhelmed. The climb is hard but doable. I was able to do it (barely!) 6 weeks after surgery. There is no toilet here. So come prepared!
Lovely tour of the Duomo and access to Giottos tower
Micheline_S, Sep 2023
We really enjoyed this tour, not too long, not too short. Our guide was very authentic. It was a plus that the ticket included access to the Baptistry and Giotto's tower. I wish we had known what time the Crypt would be closed...as we could not go in when we were done. Had we time the next day, we could have tried again.
Excellent tour
Steven_F, Sep 2023
Excellent tour guide who was very knowledgeable, we enjoyed the Duomo climb and would recommend this tour to others.
Great experience!
Steve_C, Sep 2023
Giacomo was an excellent guide, full of insights and great recommendations. Of course, everyone lied about the number of steps to the top of the Duomo, mostly I suspect to make it seem less arduous than it was. It was still a tremendous experience.
Title of tour, misleading
Heidi_A, Sep 2023
Loved access to the one terrace. Description of the tour is a bit misleading as it is indicates terraces. It makes it seem as if one will go to more than one Terrace however, you do not.
Way worth the $$
BriWould_G, Sep 2023
Incredible experience worth every penny. You get way beyond front of the line access. We almost felt guilty with the advantage, you get to go in hallways that are not accessed by the masses. Incredible view from the outside flanks of the church and then climb the dome. Book earlier than later so you have enough time. GABRIELA was adorable, informative and fun!!
Great Tour!
Jason_C, Sep 2023
This tour was great! Our guide had a wealth of information to share on the Duomo, and the views from the terrace were amazing! After the tour we climbed the rest of the way to the top of the dome for even better views! Rather than using the meeting point from Viator, enter CiaoFlorence as your location. I thought we were going to miss our tour as we couldn’t find the meeting place (we were like 100 yards away), until we entered CiaoFlorence into Google maps…then it was easy.
It was very average They...
Deborah_B, Aug 2023
It was very average They hardly give you anytime at top.guide does it go with you. Guide was very hard to understand.
Barrae_W, Aug 2023
The tour guide was very informative and friendly. The views were amazing. Worth the walk up all of the steps.
Very “guide dependant tour”
David_L, Aug 2023
The tour in itself is fine. Our guide kind of set a weird mood within our group from the very beginning. Everyone was asking him of they could bring a hand bag, a water bottle, a camera bag or other stuff. The rules at the Duomo are very strict. The guide got very defensive upon the customer’s deception regarding the inability to bring their personal belongings. The Duomo in itself is beautiful, mostly outside. The terrace will give you a different perspective. They use the words “hidden terrace”, nope, not hidden at all. The best views are from the Giotto tower. The mesh they use for the fence is like 1,5 inch by 1,5 inch, making it impossible for people with DSLR cameras to take pictures from the Giotto tower. On top of the dome, it is more user-friendly for people with DSLR.
The most incredible...
Veronica_T, Aug 2023
The most incredible buildings of the world!!! Absolutely amazing! A must do tour!!! And the view from the terrace were incredible!
Majestic Duoma
Marcia_G, Aug 2023
We were in awe of the immense structure. The tour guide was informative and vivid with description. The climb to the top was tough, but exactly what we were told to expect!
Jayson_C, Aug 2023
Guide was personable and knowledgeable. I forget her name but she did a great job. One of the most unique exteriors for a church.
The tour guide was informative and accomodating! Learnt a lot about this beautiful church.
thedooleys, Jul 2023
Climbing to the top for an amazing view! The rain did not hesitate us from enjoying the sights. The thunder sent us back in.
Duomo with outside Terrance walk amazing!
DJUSMIN_A, Jul 2023
The walk outside of the duomo is amazing experience. Highly recommended people to do that with this tour package have to offer.
Great guide, fascinating tour, big bonus in avoiding the crowd.
mark_r, Jul 2023
Great experience being able to take an in depth look at the Doges Palace and the St. Mark's Basilica without the crowds and with Nico as our tour guide. Both places were fascinating, and Nico provided in depth and detailed guidance and enthusiasm. By far, the best tour I've had in Venice.
Awesome view of Firenze.
Rick_O, Jul 2023
Excellent tour with a great guide. The ceilings and floors are amazing! 463 steps to the top. People seem to think it's a big deal, but I did it in flip flops. The heat was more of an issue. The art at the second and third levels is quite compelling with a lot of angels and demons. But, since its a Medieval Church, it seems appropriate. Still best viewed on the level than looking up. The last stretch of 100+ steps is very steep and requires everyone to use handrails. You can see all of Florence from the roof.
Great tour
Lillian_A, Jul 2023
Loved the beauty of the church. I was worried about the heat climbing st steps of the Duomo in July but it was really quite cool as we went up. This was an amazing experience and highly recommended!
A fantastic opportunity to climb to the top of the famous Florence Duomo
Robert_C, Jul 2023
A truly memorable experience with access to the top of the Duomo cupola with amazing views of the beautiful city of Firenze. The tour was well organised from the initial meet and greet and the guide was very friendly and incredibly knowledgable about the cathedral and Duomo. The fast-track ticketing was fab as the queues snaked right around the outside of the cathedral. Would throughly recommend and well worth the money - just be prepared for the steps!!

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