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Brunelleschi's Dome (Cupola del Brunelleschi)
Towering above Florence, Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome (Cupola del Brunelleschi) is an important engineering and architectural feat. Completed in 1436, the fact that this symbol of the city still stands tall over the Duomo more than 600 years later is testament to Brunelleschi’s mastery. Climb to the top for some of the best views over Florence.

The Basics
Brunelleschi’s octagonal dome on top of Florence’s Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral (aka the Duomo) took 16 years to build and, at 144 feet (44 meters) wide, is one of the world’s largest masonry domes. You can admire the 16th-century Final Judgment frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari that decorate the inside of the dome and climb the 463 steps to the top for panoramic views from the lantern overlooking the historic center. The Opera del Duomo museum, just behind the church, holds a fascinating scale model of Brunelleschi’s dome as well as Lorenzo Ghiberti’s original bronze baptistry doors (replicas are on the baptistry outside).

The cathedral dome is one of the most popular attractions in the city, and booking a Florence Duomo tour that includes skip-the-line entrance to the Duomo, Giotto’s bell tower, and the baptistry is essential to avoid long lines to enter. Small-group and private tours of Florence’s Duomo may even include exclusive access to the north terrace, a panoramic rooftop terrace closed to the general public. Many Florence city walking tours also visit highlights like the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia), and Piazzale Michelangelo.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is a single skip-the-line ticket to enter all five parts of the Duomo complex—church, crypt, dome, bell tower, and baptistry—and the museum. To climb to the top of the dome, you must also reserve a specific time slot.
  • There is a lot of ground to cover in the Duomo complex, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes if taking a guided tour.
  • If you are also planning on visiting the church, be sure to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and legs.
  • There is no elevator to the top of the dome, so the climb is not recommended for those with heart problems, vertigo, or limited mobility.

How to Get There
Brunelleschi’s dome and Piazza del Duomo, in the historic center of Florence, are just a 5-minute walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station.

When to Get There
The Duomo complex in Tuscany’s capital city of Florence is one of the most popular attractions in Italy and can be very crowded during the summer high season. The best time to visit is from November to March, when the city sights are less overrun with tourists.

Construction of the Dome
Filippo Brunelleschi won a competition to design the dome in 1420 with an innovative system of two interconnected shells with an empty space in between. The dome was vaulted with no scaffolding by using bricks laid in a herringbone pattern in the inner shell as a self-supporting structural element; the outer shell serves as a heavier, wind-resistant cover. 
Address: Piazza del Duomo, Firenze, Italy
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The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces

The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces

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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.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Duomo Dome Skip the Line Tour

Duomo Dome Skip the Line Tour

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Get inside one of Florence's best-known buildings on this skip-the-line guided tour of the Duomo, including its famous dome. Climb to the top of the Cupola to enjoy spectacular views over Florence and to see Vasari's beautiful frescoes up close.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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$70.70
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Florence: 1-Hour Cupola Dome Entry and Guided Tour

Florence: 1-Hour Cupola Dome Entry and Guided Tour

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To fully experience the majesty of Brunelleschi's famous dome, climb to the very top of the cupola that adorns Florence’s architectural gem. After touring the grand cathedral on your own, follow a certified guide up nearly 500 steps to the top, where panoramic views of the city are your reward. As you climb, learn about the Duomo’s remarkable engineering and admire Renaissance frescoes by Giorgio Vasari.
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  • 1 hour
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$73.33
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Climb The Cupola (Dome) Guided Tour

Climb The Cupola (Dome) Guided Tour

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Climb the cupola of the Duomo with a guide on this 1-hour tour. Those who put forth the effort to climb the narrow staircase with 463 steps will be rewarded with a series of frescoes inside the dome and sweeping views of Rome. Traveling with a guide means you'll get insightful commentary on the history, architecture, and secrets of the dome.
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  • 1 hour
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Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour Cathedral's Dome and Uffizi in Florence

Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour Cathedral's Dome and Uffizi in Florence

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Combine the Cathedral’s Dome and the Uffizi Gallery in this 4-hour tour in Florence Enjoy the privilege of pre-reserved tickets and separate entry. Never wait in a line again! Climb the famous dome by Brunelleschi with your guide and see the famous frescoes up and close Explore the masterpieces housed in the Uffizi Gallery in the company of an expert Small-group tour of 12 or less for a more interactive and personalized experience
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  • 4 hours
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Brunelleschi’s Dome Climb: Direct access at fixed times

Brunelleschi’s Dome Climb: Direct access at fixed times

Enjoy a privileged access to the fascinating Opera del Duomo Museum, that hosts the largest concentration of Florentine monumental sculptures in the world: it includes medieval and Renaissance artworks by the leading artists of the era, over 750 works of art covering 720 years of history. You will get to admire the Michelangelo’s Pietà, and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise! Before parting ways with your guide, receive the tickets to admire the world-famous Brunelleschi’s Dome, the entrance is set at 11am! Start climbing the 463 steps to the top of the dome, at your own pace. On your way up, observe the magnificent “Last Judgement” fresco by Giorgio Vasari that decorates the walls of the Cupola very closely. Once on top remain speechless while admiring the incomparable panoramic views over Florence... Don’t miss this opportunity, only a limited number of people per day can climb to the Dome! Use your 72-hour valid ticket to explore the other parts of the wonderful Duomo monumental complex!
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  • 1 hour
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Brunelleschi’s Dome Guided Tour

Brunelleschi’s Dome Guided Tour

Enjoy reserved access to the Duomo Cupola - one of the tallest vantage  points of Florence and an icon of the city.  With the help of a licensed professional guide, learn fascinating facts about the  Duomo Cupola and climb to its top.  Small group size to ensure a semi-private and engrossing experience.  Enjoy unlimited time inside the Duomo and its museum after your 1-hour guided tour of the Cupola.
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  • 1 hour
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Florence: Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

Florence: Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

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Overview Visit the Brunelleschi’s Duomo with an expert guide and enjoy reserved access to the iconic Cupola on this 1-hour guided tour. Once you’ve met your guide, you will climb to the Cupola and the have a chance to see the fascinating view of the city from the top. When Filippo Brunelleschi built this gorgeous dome, it was the largest in the world, and soon became the symbol of Florence. Throughout your tour of the Duomo Cupola, you will be accompanied by a licensed English-speaking guide who will share amazing insights about the Cupola, the Duomo and its jaw-dropping architecture. This trip includes a 463-step climb to the top. While inside the Cupola, your guide will also give you first-hand information about the Cathedral which you can easily spot from inside the Cupola or from the access entrance itself. After your guided tour of the Cupola, you are given free access to explore the Duomo, Baptistery, the Opera Museum, and Giotto’s Bell Tower at your own pace.
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  • 1 hour
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Florence in a Day:Uffizi, Accademia Gallery, Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

Florence in a Day:Uffizi, Accademia Gallery, Brunelleschi's Dome Guided Tour

The tour offers 3 of the main attractions in Florence that covers a Full day. Starting from the Uffizi at 10:00 AM, the tour finishes in front of the David of Michelangelo at 16:30. For those who don't have enough time to spare in Florence, This tour will be a perfect option. You don't need to worry about organizing the day., Our hosts will be at the meeting points to assist you with the guidelines.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Brunelleschi's Cupola Tour in Florence

Brunelleschi's Cupola Tour in Florence

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Enjoy a spectacular view of the city • Climb to the top of the Cupola, the highest point in Florence • See an admirable creation of art by Filippo Brunelleschi - After seeing the Duomo from all sides and visiting the inside of the cathedral, all you need to do to complete the experience is a climb to the top of the cupola. See the entire city from a single point by climbing to the top of Florence's Dome by Joining a guided tour with local expert guides to discover the structure's full history.
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  • 1 hour
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Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip

Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip

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Spend a day exploring the Italian cities of Florence and Pisa while in port in Livorno. With private pickup from your cruise, see the iconic Florence Duomo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa before returning to your ship at the end of the day. Upgrade your ticket to include a 3-hour tour in Florence with a private guide and skip-the-line entry to the Accademia and Uffizi galleries.
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  • 9 hours
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VIP Private Tour Florence Cathedral Dome & Monuments

VIP Private Tour Florence Cathedral Dome & Monuments

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Florence’s cathedral is the city’s crown jewel and most iconic monument, but its sprawling size and long lines can be discouraging. With this VIP tour, zip past the crowds at the entrance and enjoy an in-depth look at this vast complex. Visit the duomo from its soaring dome to its ancient crypt, admire the view from Giotto’s bell tower, marvel at the richly decorated baptistery, and tour the renovated museum.
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  • 3 hours
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Florence Dome Climb & Private Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

Florence Dome Climb & Private Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Florence has one of the highest concentrations of important works of art and architecture in the world, and can be overwhelming on a first visit. This private tour is an easy way to get an overview of the city’s highlights on foot with the insight of an art historian guide and the convenience of hotel pick up and skip-the-line tickets to Brunelleschi’s iconic dome.
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  • 3 hours
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Florence: Private Cupola Climb Tour

Florence: Private Cupola Climb Tour

After seeing the Duomo from all sides and visiting the inside of the cathedral, all you need to do to complete the experience is a climb to the top of the cupola. See the entire city from a single point by climbing to the top of Florence's Dome by Joining a guided tour with local expert guides to discover the structure's full history. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Enjoy a spectacular view of the city • Climb to the top of the Cupola, the highest point in Florence • See an admirable creation of art by Filippo Brunelleschi
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  • 1 hour
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Florence Duomo: Private guided Dome tour

Florence Duomo: Private guided Dome tour

Once you’ve met your guide, you will be led past the ticket line and the group will head straight for the Duomo Cupola. The climb to the Cupola and the unparalleled views of the city from the top are the highlights of this experience. Built by Filippo Brunelleschi, this red dome was the largest in the world in its time and soon became a symbol of Florence. Throughout your tour of the Duomo Cupola, you will be accompanied by a licensed English-speaking guide who will share fascinating insights about the Cupola, the Duomo and its jaw-dropping architecture. You will be able to see the entire city of Florence. This trip to the top of the Duomo includes a 463-step climb to the top. On your way up, you will also get to see the stunning Duomo interiors, including a chance to see Vasari's Last Judgment up close. While inside the Cupola, your guide will also give you first-hand information about the Cathedral which you can easily spot from inside the Cupola or from the access entrance itself.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Florence Dome Climb & Must See Sites Guided Walking Tour

Florence Dome Climb & Must See Sites Guided Walking Tour

Stroll through the city centre to Piazza Duomo along with your knowledgeable tour guide. With skip-the-line entry, you can climb to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome for a spectacular view of Florence. The Dome itself is a symbol of the city, famous for its design and architectural engineering. Note that your Dome ticket also allows you entry to the Cathedral, the Crypt, the Baptistery, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Museo dell’Opera. Tickets are valid for 72 hours from first entry.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Florence Dome and Dome Monuments: a full guided experience!

Florence Dome and Dome Monuments: a full guided experience!

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Explore the crown jewel of Florence inside and out on this ultimate Duomo tour including a climb to the top of the cupola for magnificent views of the city and grand cathedral below. Learn the history of Brunelleschi's medieval feat of engineering, and admire the original baptistery "Doors of Paradise" and other Renaissance relics on a guided tour of the Opera del Duomo Museum.
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  • 2 hours
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$72.51
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The Ultimate Private Florence Dome Tour

The Ultimate Private Florence Dome Tour

Delve into the history and culture of Florence on this comprehensive  guided tour of Piazza del Duomo.  Enjoy priority access to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the St.John's Baptistery and the Museum of the Works of the Cathedral.  Bask in the beauty of some of the greatest works of art by eminent artists and sculptors of Florence. 
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$227.66
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Ultimate Full Day Florence Tour with Dome Climb, David, and Uffizi Gallery

Ultimate Full Day Florence Tour with Dome Climb, David, and Uffizi Gallery

Ever wondered what Florence looks like from its most iconic building? How about skip the line access to The Statue of David? If the masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery, a climb to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome and the Statue of David sound interesting to you, then this is definitely the tour worth checking out. All of the top sights of Florence are included on the trip, like an exclusive Skip the Line ascent to the top of the Florence Cathedral’s iconic dome.
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Full Day Florence Dome Climb, David and Walking Tour

Full Day Florence Dome Climb, David and Walking Tour

Do you want to see Florence from one of the best views in the city? How about a look at the world’s most famous sculpture without having to wait in line? Do you want to see the spot where Dante and Machiavelli created their greatest work centuries past? Take a trip with us through the streets of Florence on this incredible day tour of the city. After climbing Brunelleschi’s iconic dome, you’ll catch one of the best views of Tuscany. Then it’s time to check out the Accademia Gallery, housing the Statue of David by the artist Michelangelo.
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Florence Private Cupola Climb & Duomo Square Tour

Florence Private Cupola Climb & Duomo Square Tour

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Meet up with a dedicated guide for a private tour of Florence's must-see Duomo. Take a guided tour of the Duomo Square, then head inside for reserved entry and an in-depth tour of all the highlights inside. Listen to guided commentary and ask questions about the long history of the building, which dates back to the 15th century. Cap your experience with a climb to the cupola for panoramic views over Florence.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip-the-Line Private Tour Cathedral's Dome and Uffizi in Florence

Skip-the-Line Private Tour Cathedral's Dome and Uffizi in Florence

Combine the Cathedral’s Dome and the Uffizi Gallery in this just 4-hr tour in Florence Enjoy the privilege of pre-reserved tickets and separate entry. Never wait in a line again! Climb the famous dome by Brunelleschi with your guide and see the famous frescoes up and close Explore the masterpieces housed in the Uffizi Gallery in the company of an expert Private tour, bespoke experience
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  • 4 hours
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$203.70
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Dome Climbing Tour with Aperitivo (Happy Hour) in the oldest café in Florence

Dome Climbing Tour with Aperitivo (Happy Hour) in the oldest café in Florence

Plan a relaxing afternoon visit to the Duomo Cathedral with a tour of the cupola that includes a bonus happy hour voucher. In addition to offering facts and anecdotes about the landmark’s history, your guide points out easy-to-miss architectural features and details. After the tour, rest your legs and enjoy a drink and snacks at one of the oldest cafés in Florence.
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  • 1 hour
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$95.86
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Private Combi Tours: Walking tour and Dome Climb Tour

Private Combi Tours: Walking tour and Dome Climb Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Visit Florence's most famous attractions with a private local guide • See an admirable creation of art by Filippo Brunelleschi • Enjoy a spectacular view of the city and get to know the hidden secrets of the city - A guided, informative tour visiting Florence city center including several of its significant constructions and hidden attractions. Following this, you will have the opportunity to view the entire city from a single point, by climbing to the top of the dome.
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  • 3 hours
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$195.31
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