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David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb

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Overview
Dive deep into the history of great art and architecture in Florence with this all-access tour to the city’s most jaw-dropping attractions. From the heights of Florence Cathedral’s enormous dome to the hallowed halls of the Accademia, this exclusive tour is an art-lover’s dream.
Itinerary
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You'll start at
Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco, Firenze FI, ItalyThe tour meets in Piazza San Marco, by the statue in the middle of the square. This is a centrally-located square adjacent to Via degli Arazzieri and Via Giorgio la Pira, about 1/3 mile north of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Start times for this tour are 8:00 am and 8:30 am. Please ensure you note the time chosen for your booking as it will not be listed on your voucher.
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    Galleria dell'Accademia
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Battistero di San Giovanni
    Pass by Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
  • 2
    Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Walks
You'll end at
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, ItalyDuomo Terraces
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Highlights
  • Use fast-entry tickets at the Accademia Gallery and Florence Duomo
  • Make use of privileged access inside Florence Duomo and enjoy close-up views
  • Go straight to Michelangelo’s David on a tour of the Accademia Gallery
  • Enjoy less waiting and more interaction with your guide on a small-group tour
What to Expect
In the early morning, you’ll head to Piazza San Marco to meet your guide and head straight inside Florence’s Accademia Gallery with your skip-the-line ticket. Make your way straight to the masterpiece of Michelangelo’s David, and hear how the statue came to symbolize the Florentine Republic, before you admire the artist’s unfinished I Prigioni works. Stroll onward to Florence Baptistery to learn about the Medici, the de facto rulers of Renaissance Florence—many of whom were baptized in the monument. From the baptistery, you’ll step inside the Florence Duomo museum and step back in time as you see how the original façade once looked. Head into the duomo itself, and get close-up looks at some of the sites that are roped-off to the general public. Finish on a high note as you ascend to the duomo’s terraces and climb a little further, if you wish to reach the top. Your tour ends at the terraces.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Piazza San Marco, Firenze FI, Italy
Duration
3h
Return Details
Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Inclusions
  • Special access inside the Duomo
  • Skip the line access to climb the dome
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Skip the line tickets to the Accademia Gallery
  • Skip the line tickets to the Baptistery and access to Florence Duomo Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Galleria dell'Accademia
  • Entry/Admission - Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • Please note that guests can only carry small handbags inside the Accademia. Larger backpacks and big pointy umbrellas are not allowed. Please also note there is no cloakroom inside the Accademia Gallery.
  • Please remember that the Duomo (Cathedral) is a holy place and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Our guide was Alessia and the tour group probably had around 15 people. Alessia did a great job of getting us from one place to another and through all the security, providing history and context along the way. Having the early access to the David statue is worth it! The
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb
Responded 26 Nov 2019
Hi 490steveny, Thank you for your kind review and recommendation! We are delighted to learn that you had such a wonderful time on our David and Duomo Tour with Alessia. We strive to select the best guides available to ensure the success of our tours, and we are thrilled it shows. We agree the view from the Terrace is truly spectacular and highlight for many, and we are glad to know it was for you too! Thank you for sharing this walk with us, we look forward to sharing many more with you! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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We thought this was the best tour we went on in Florence. Arriving to the Accademia early is key as you get to see David before all of the crowds arrive. There really isn't too many other things to see there. The walk to the Duomo was really nice and our guide was very
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb
Responded 10 Oct 2019
Hello mpacella1121, Thank you for your feedback from your recent David and Duomo tour in Florence. We are delighted to hear that our tour was one of your favourite's, what a fantastic compliment for us to receive! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your guide's expertise so much, and that you were able to go back and experience that Duomo Dome climb afterwards. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Italy! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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This tour is an absolute MUST-DO when visiting Florence. Worth every single penny. Our guide was so sweet and so informative and spoke beautiful English as most of our group was from the US. I cannot imagine just standing in the regular line to get into any of these places and
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb
Responded 23 Sep 2019
Thank you for your wonderful review! We are absolutely delighted to learn thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful time on your David and Duomo tour. Our guides dedicated to providing our clients with memorable experiences, so to read such positive reviews from our guests it makes all the work so much more worth it. We hope you had a wonderful time in Italy, and we look forward to sharing another walk with you soon!
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This was an awesome tour! We had Viola as a tour guide and she was fabulous. We learned a lot, beat the crowds into all sites, and got a beautiful view of Florence from the top of the Duomo. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb
Responded 23 Sep 2019
Hello t-rex89, Thank you for giving us your thoughts! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with your guide Viola and the beautiful views in Florence from the top of the Duomo, they can really take your breath away. Thanks again for your thoughts! All the best, The Walks Team
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There is so much to say about how wonderful this tour was! First, our tour guide, Angelo, was spectacular! He made sure we were right at the front of the line to get in to see David. He took us to all the right spots to get amazing views of the details, and he told so many great
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb
Responded 22 Sep 2019
Angelo is such a wonderful guide; his passion for art is contagious! We're glad that he made your visit to Florence one to remember, and look forward to seeing you again in the future!
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By: Walks
1,118 reviews
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Jennifer L
20
Great tour
I had never done a tour before. I prefer to explore on my own . I was so happy I decided to do this tour ! Angelo
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craigw982
Cosford, United Kingdom
10
Best of Florence Walking Tour with David & the Duomo - Excellent Experience
Our guide Angelo was incredible. His knowledge and understanding of the arts and the city was most excellent. Much
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lolipena28
Portland, Oregon
80
highly recommend this company
most of our tours throughout Italy were booked with them. they were very informative, super nice and definitely
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CarolT_SG
Singapore, Singapore
9152
Informative and entertaining tour
The tour started on time despite the drizzle. Guide Angelo (in yellow raincoat) was knowledgeable and had a great
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GrandTour642886
10
Matt the guide was marvellous
Our guide Matt was so knowledgable, he answered every question put to him, his knowledge of florentine’s history
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MayanneKoh
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2012
Booked two trips with Walks & very happy
1) Walking Tour with Skip The Line Florence Duomo and Accademia: a good crash course on the city and its rich
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Melissa K
Evansville, Indiana
228
A wonderful day!
This was our first full day in Florence and Matt was a superb guide! His passion for his city and the wondrous art
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emomma5
Washington DC, District of Columbia
20
Absolutely loved this.
Four of us took this cooking class with Raffaella. We all loved it. She was friendly, a great instructor and
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juliamH2091VO
61
Good tour with history of Florence and the different sites
We were able to see a lot of the different areas and art in Florence. The guide was very knowledgeable and was
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paulwithcheryl
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
9744
You will be full!
It was beginning to rain when we met our guide Regina at Piazza Santo Spirito. Our group numbered 14 which
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Z407XEjohnv
42
Great!!
Great tour featuring an exceptional tour guide named Charles. My teenagers learned so much as did I. Really
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Urban_Travellers_11
Singapore, Singapore
14159
Brought art and history to life!
Our tour guide was Bernardo and he was an excellent guide. Provided so much insight into Michelangelo‘s life and
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490steveny
Raleigh, North Carolina
313
Great tour and guide for must-see locations in Florence
Our guide was Alessia and the tour group probably had around 15 people. Alessia did a great job of getting us from
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490steveny
Raleigh, North Carolina
313
Fun excursion to Pisa and delicious lunch
Our guide was Sandra and we had just 4 people in our group. Sandra did a wonderful job of providing history and
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dpd57
110
Florence comes to life: Start here!
Ismael gave us an amazing perspective on Florence and the many sites that are along the way. He was able to weave
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