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Florence Accademia and Duomo

Must see in Florence

Quick Details

This tour runs every day except Mondays

Morning tour starts at 09:00

Afternoon tour starts at 14:00

Sunday tour leaves at 13:00 only

Private tours start at 08:15 / 09:00 / 10:00 / 13:00 / 15:30

On Sundays at 13:00

Meeting Point

Tour meets at the Academia gates. Your guide will have a signboard that says Walks In Europe

The address is : Via Ricasoli, 58

Adults (Ages 10+)
125
Children (Ages 3-9)
75
Infants (Ages 2 and Under)
Free
Private Tour
490

Join Our Academia and Cupola Tour in Florence

If you only have one day for a tour in Florence, go for this one. Three-hour tour that covers two of the major monuments: the Academia Gallery for Michelangelo’s David and the Cathedral’s Cupola (Italian translation of “dome”).

We’d recommend that you combine this tour with our Spirit of Florence tour. This tour goes beyond just showing you the best sights because it’s led by an expert Florentine guide, ready to share insights to the city that most tourists don’t discover on their own.

It’s also essential because we organize pre-reserved tickets, so you do not lose time waiting in a long line while you’re on holiday.

Tour’s first half: Accademia Gallery (skipping the line)

People will think you’re mad not seeing the original David in Florence… so, make time for it! Michelangelo initially carved David for the Duomo and completed it in 1504, when he was just a young man of twenty-nine. However, contrary to the original project, the “stone giant” was placed in Piazza Della Signoria (the political heart of the city) and finally moved into the museum in the 19th century. A copy replaced in Piazza Della Signoria in 1910 still guards over the city of Florence.

The story of David was ever-popular in art throughout the 15th century as a symbol of the strength and truth of good over evil. Your local guide will explain to you the anecdotes related to the masterpiece during the tour and the vicissitudes of six more Michelangelo’s sculptures exhibited in the museum.

Tour’s second half: the Cathedral’s Dome climb (skipping the line)

Dominating the skyline of Florence, the imponent Cathedral of Florence is an artistic wonder for its size and its amazing marble decorations. You’ll see the beauty of priceless treasures of Gothic and Renaissance art strolling around the Cathedral and the other monuments of the Duomo Square (the St. John’s Baptistery and the Giotto’s bell tower).

After having discovered their secrets from outside get ready for the Dome’s climb! The cupola by the architect Brunelleschi is very famous for many reasons, like its size (it’s the largest dome in stone) and internal decoration (it hides the largest frescoed surface all over the world). During the climb, the guide will show you the structure’s secrets visible along the original passages and explain the most important artworks contained in the Cathedral, visible from the Dome’s internal terraces. After having reached the top you can admire scenic views of Florence and the surrounding Tuscany.

Both the Academia and the Cupola are very famous for many reasons, and rightly so they are notorious for the difficulty to get tickets. This tour is a great investment to save your time and to appreciate the potentially overwhelming series of art works with a local guide who manages to be fun at the same time