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

  • 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
David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb
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David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb
From US$121.80
With a wealth of Renaissance history and art, Florence gets busy. Maximize your sightseeing time and avoid the crowds with skip-the-line tours of two of the city’s top landmarks: the Florence Duomo and Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s David. You’ll even have time to visit Florence Baptistery and the duomo’s museum and terraces, too. The tour is led by a local guide and numbers are capped at 15 for a small-group experience.
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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Reviews (37)
1 - 5 of 15 reviews
Reviewed 7 November 2018
Fantastic Tour

This was a wonderful tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. He presented a good combination of history, art history and cultural background. Going early was the key, as we were able to see the statue of the David without large crowds. This tour also allows...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Suzanne V
Reviewed 19 October 2018
Must do when in Florence

Charles was a solid and knowledgeable guide to Florence. I was worried about a tour using an audio head set. Charles was a great guide and easy to understand and follow. Do not try to do Florence on your own. You need tours to understand...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Holly S
Reviewed 17 October 2018
A Must!

Giulia was the best of the best tour guide. Wow...she is in LOVE with David and that made the Academia visit outstanding. My husband really dislikes museums and churches (ugh) so I wanted to select a tour that a just a touch of both--this was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Charlene B
Reviewed 2 October 2018
VIP skip the line David and Duomo

We loved Claus. He made the history fun and entertaining. He was so knowledgeable He far exceeded our expectations. As we walked through the same streets that Michelangelo had walked the Renaissance period became very real.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank austinbiker
Reviewed 8 September 2018
These are the best "walks"we've gone on!

Our guide was excellent. So enthusiastic and knowledgable about the art. This is the second Walks in Italy tour we have taken. Can't give enough praise for the company from reserving a tour to taking the tour. Small groups on interesting itineraries with personable and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank carole l
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10 September 2018|
Response from carole l | Reviewed this property |
No, you can't. You go on to tour parts of Florence and, as I recall, the Bapistry and the outside of the Duomo. I suppose you could skip the rest of the tour and stay in the Accademia?
Diane I
21 August 2018|
Response from Gazelle27 | Reviewed this property |
I doubt this will be a problem with advance entry...