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?
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
- Duomo Museum
- 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
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.
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.
Disclaimer: 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!