Florence Cupola Climb Guided Tour in English

1 hour
Free cancellation
2 - 15
Mobile ticket


• 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.


  • Official certified guide
  • Radio system to hear the guide
  • Entrance Ticket with reservation (you can climb the Dome only with RESERVATION)
  • Entrance ticket to visit Baptistery, Bell Tower, Cathedral & Museum of Florence Duomo.
  • Entry/Admission - Cupola del Brunelleschi

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Cupola del Brunelleschi, Piazza del Duomo Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, 50122, Florence Italy

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!

The exterior view of the Cupola is a showstopper but the only way to see the inside of the dome up close and enjoy the extraordinary view of Florence is to climb its 463 steps (there is no elevator).

Your guide will talk you through all about how the Cupola was designed and built by Filippo Brunelleschi who won the competition for its commission in 1418.

The way up (and down) are basically tight corridors as the workmen who built the cathedral for maintenance, they were never thought of as being open to the public.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cupola del Brunelleschi, Piazza del Duomo Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, 50122, Florence Italy

On the interior of the dome, you can admire the Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9) up close with an interesting explanation of the frescoes from your guide on your way up to the top.

Look down and on the base, just above the drum, you'll see that Baccio d'Agnolo began adding a balcony in 1507 and how one of the eight sides were unfinished, there's a story behind it, your guide will reveal it to you on your way as to why the work was immediately halted, and to this day the other seven sides remain rough brick!

Once you climb to the top of the Cupola, you will be enchanted from the panoramic view of the Florence city in front of your eyes. Your guide will talk about the history and art of this Duomo Square and answer to any of your questions regarding Duomo.

The tour takes about an hour, the perfect amount to listen and climb to the top of Cupola. You can also enjoy the view on your own and spend more time on the top after the tour ends.

Duration: 30 minutes

Additional information

  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Not wheelchair or strollers accessible
  • No elevators or pets allowed
  • You do not need a ticket to visit the Cathedral; you can enter it at any time before or after this tour
  • After the first validation, the ticket is valid for 72 hours: you can use it to visit locations listed on your own time (the Bell-tower, Museum and the crypt inside the cathedral)
  • Please note that the tour requires a minimum number of guests to run
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that if you arrive after the tour start time you will not be able to join and will not be refunded or have your tour rescheduled
  • There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Suitcases, backpacks, parcels, containers and large and medium-sized bags are not permitted inside the Dome
  • Umbrellas, canes (when not used to assist walking), tripods for cameras and film cameras are not permitted inside the Dome
  • Knives, scissors and metal tools that could be dangerous for people and the exhibited works are not permitted inside the Dome
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems, physically not fit to climb steps, pregnant women and suffering from vertigo, claustrophobia or heart problems
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
November 2019

We had an excellent experience with Giacomo during our Climb The Cupola (Dome) Guided Tour! Giacomo was very knowledgeable, articulate, courteous, and detail oriented. He made the entire group feel comfortable and was very thoughtful of everyone as we endured the steep climb! Totally worth it and...

October 2019

400+ steps and totally worth it. Our tour guide was excellent. The view was great, the structure incredible. Wish I would have done it to start the trip because it gives you a good sense of the city layout, what things to see, where to go. Very happy we did it!

July 2019

Jenny gave us a great guided tour of the Duomo. She was knowledgable and willing to answer any and all of our questions. I really appreciate her knowledge of Florence and its many buildings once we reached the top. I definitely recommend choosing Jenny for your tour!!

Caroline P
May 2019

The Tour with Martina was really great. Wonderful view from the Top and very interesting facts and stories.

October 2022

Iván ha sido un muy buen guía. Profesional, amable y agradable. Nos ha hecho una instructiva exposición sobre la cúpula de Brunelleschi y sobre el urbanismo florentino. Gracias y felicidades a Iván.

September 2022

Exclenteeeee atención personalizada, la guía muy conocedora y amable en su explicación , fuimos afortunados y sólo mi esposa y yo

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