Skip the lines at David and Duomo in Florence!

Did you really go to Florence if you didn’t see Michelangelo’s David and climb the Duomo? Because they’re the most sought-out attractions in this iconic Renaissance city, you can imagine how crowded these sites get. Why not avoid crowds and skip lines with the best tour in Florence?

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VIP David & Duomo Tour – Best tour in Florence

We signed up for the VIP David & Duomo Tour with Walks of Italy, highly recommended especially for first time visitors. Small groups of no more than 15 people are led by an expert local guide who will whisk you back to the Renaissance era. The headset allows you to hear your guide even if you stray a little from your group.

What will you see?

  • Accademia Gallery
  • Baptistery
  • Duomo Museum
  • Duomo
  • Duomo Terraces
  • Dome of the Duomo

Tip: Make sure you keep your ticket stub so you can climb Giotto’s Campanile in your own time

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What does the 3hr tour look like?

  • Meet with your guide and the rest of your group at 7:45am
  • Skip the line and enter the Accademia Gallery by 8am
  • Tour the Gallery and see Michelangelo’s ‘David’ in relative peace
  • Skip the line at the Baptistery and Duomo Museum
  • Skip the line at the Duomo
  • Get exclusive access to the Duomo terraces
  • Bypass all other tourists and climb the Duomo
  • Say goodbye to your guide and enjoy free time on the dome

Ishmael was our guide and he was fantastic. He painted history with such depth and passion, chaining each story and masterpiece with a great narrative arc. Each tile in the mosaic ceiling, each stroke in paintings, each curve in sculptures- they were all brought to life with his explanations. If only we had him as our history teacher back in school we would’ve aced the class!

The coolest part was being on the Duomo Terrace with no one else! We had incredible views of Florence and far into Tuscany without elbows jabbing us or selfie sticks poking our eyes. This is where we got an up-close view of Brunelleschi’s humongous brick dome (the largest in the world!).

We visited in early June, the beginning of the peak season. Lines snaked and wrapped around each attraction. Unlike AS I have 0 patience. I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t want to wait for extended periods of time under the blistering sun- or anywhere, really! It felt sooooo good to cross multiple velvet ropes throughout the day, bypassing massive crowds.

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How much does it cost and how do I book?

You can book online. Prices start at $145.79CAD per person for adults, $141.18CAD for students (ages 13-22), and $136.58CAD for children (ages 4-12). Kids under 4 don’t have to pay! The meticulous timing, special access, and knowledgeable guides are why this is the best tour in Florence.

About Walks of Italy

Walks of Italy offers tours not only in Florence, but also Rome, Venice, and Paris. For more information and current promotions, check out their official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Kollecting Koordinates - best tour in FlorenceDisclaimer: Many thanks to Walks of Italy for hosting our VIP David & Duomo Tour in Florence.  All opinions and experiences are honest and our own; we wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves!

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  1. August 28, 2017 / 6:43 am

    Oh my goodness Ivy!!!!! Your photos are absolutely beautiful and they are giving a serious case of travel bugs right now! I’m usually not a fan of tours because I like exploring things on my own rather than with a huge group of people but 15 doesn’t sound too bad to handle. Can’t believe you guys saw all that in three hours tho! Guess it really pays to be able to skip the line!!

  2. September 27, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I love how you pack your posts with strong photos. It really helps to give me an impression of what the tour will look like. Thank you!

  3. October 19, 2017 / 10:02 am

    This is an amazing tip! I am in Spain now, and have been researching any tricks we can do to get into the big tourist sites quicker. Lines in Europe are long! I would absolutely do this tour so I could skip the lines and have a more pleasant day. And the additional info I’d learn would be a great bonus!

  4. October 21, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    I am getting a guide and a front of line passes when I go too. There is just so much to learn and so much to do I don’t want to waste time standing in line.

  5. October 23, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I took a different Walks of Italy tour and it was fantastic! They are so knowledgeable and everything is well planned. If I were going to tour Florence, I’d definitely book with them!

  6. October 24, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    I desperately need to go back to Florence (was only there for a day) and this tour looks like a great option for when I do! I fell in love with the city in such a short time. I can’t imagine how much more I would have loved it if I had a tour like this

  7. October 24, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    I’d definitely pay to avoid queueing! The queue looked crazy and I would rather spend the time exploring other parts of city if I’m there!

  8. October 24, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    I definitely prefer to pay a little more to have a curated experience. It also depends on seasonality, I visit a lot of places off-season. I have been to Florence a few times and have not seen all the major tourists sites, so I would consider this tour on my next trip!

  9. October 25, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    You got me at bypassing all the tourists and get exclusive access! There is nothing more torturing than waiting in line at these popular attractions.

  10. October 26, 2017 / 9:44 am

    Ivy, it looks like you had an amazing time in Florence. This tour was perfect for getting to see everything, because the lines are horrendous in June — you simply couldn’t have done all of those things without it. Love your pictures of the Duomo!

  11. October 26, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    It’s worth it for exclusive access to the Duomo alone! I love Florence and thankfully went during off season when lines weren’t too bad, but it was still really crowded!

  12. November 4, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Florence seems like an awesome travel destination and this tour seems great! How many days would you recommend staying there?

    • November 5, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Three at the very least to see all the major sites! A week would be pretty sweet so you can visit other towns in the Tuscany region but there are only so many vacation days we get a year haha…

  13. November 13, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    I’m in Florence now which is why I had to check out your post. This tour would suit me, I hate waiting, especially in a queue like the one you photographed! The prce of the tour looks rewarding with the stunning photos you shared!

  14. November 14, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Good to know about the VIP Tours and you managed to skip the lines at David & Duomo, When I visited I had already pre-booked tickets to see David and with the time I had, I had already chosen to skip Duomo. Hope I’ll get to visit again and see inside the Duomo..

    • November 28, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      the interior is not nearly as magnificent as the duomo in Siena, but the view from the dome is something else!

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