Imagine what it must feel like to visit the Duomo of Florence when it is still "asleep" and see the lights go on, revealing the dazzling colors.  Now you can do just that by taking this unique, brand-new, and peerless guided tour of the Duomo in Florence.  The Awakening is an exclusive VIP semi-private guided tour that allows you to walk into the Cathedral and Baptistery before they rise from their nighttime slumber, and admire them as they awaken!

Florence’s 11th-century Baptistery and glorious marble Cathedral, crowned by Brunelleschi’s stunning red-tiled cupola (the Duomo rooftop), are no doubt some of the city's most enchanting and evocative landmarks.  This incredible guided tour lets you discover Brunelleschi's art and the other exceptional artistic and architectural masterpieces inside - definitely a must-see activity!

Meet the key-bearer who opens the doors and switches on the lights.  Your guide will show you the magnificent Duomo Clock, show you the Cathedral and Baptistry, tell you about their history and lead you on a guided tour of Brunelleschi's Dome onto the cupola where you will enjoy a magnificent view of Florence.  The Awakening is not merely a tour of Florence's landmarks...it is a mesmerizing once-in-a-lifetime cultural and spiritual experience.

 

Rates - including tax

Type Rate
Adult Rate
(Per Person, Ages 4+):
$146.57

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Tour / Activity Details

2.5 hours
6:45 am on Monday, Wednesday & Friday (June through October)

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Tour does not include local hotel pick-up; the convenient meeting point at the Duomo Square will be specified on your E-Ticket.   Rates are per person in US dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

Covid-19 Protocols Updates

  • Currently, all European Community citizens must show the Green Pass, as well as a document of recognition at the entrance of the main Italian monuments and museums, as well as every indoor bar and restaurant
  • For guests arriving from outside Europe, the following items must be provided for entrance - 1) proof of Covid vaccination, or the negative result of the Covid test 48 hrs prior the museum entrance, and 2) a document of recognition.
  • Those who do not possess the specified documents will NOT be able to enter. No exceptions or refund will be made.
  • The wearing of a face mask is currently mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Italy.

 

Important Information

  • During the ordering process, you must agree to provide specific emailed agreement to the guides' standard Rain Policy and Terms and Conditions, which will be sent to you along with your E-Ticket.
  • SMALL GROUP - These tours operate with a maximum of 10 persons per tour.
  • STAIR CLIMBING - Please note the number of steps to reach the top is 463.
  • ACCESSIBILITY - This tour is not suitable for guests with wheelchairs or with impaired mobility. It is also not advised for people with heart pathologies, or people suffering from claustrophobia or dizziness, and pregnant women.
  • DRESS CODE - The Duomo is a place of worship. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  • COMFORT - Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • FORBIDDEN - It is absolutely forbidden to: lean over or lean against the balcony railing or stick out cell phones, cameras or other objects.
  • CHILDREN - Minors must be accompanied by their parents and parents are responsible for their children.
  • This tour operates rain or shine.

 

More Tour Details

This uniquely enlightening visit to the Duomo of Florence inside starts at daybreak with the city still wrapped in a silvery haze and your guide ready to escort you to the Cathedral. 

Meet the mysterious "chiavigero" - he who holds the keys to the Duomo, at the door. Feel the thrill as the key turns in the lock and the treasure-filled interior comes into view, motionless and encased in shadows. Follow your guide into the Cathedral, breathe in the spiritual and historical aura, and get ready to be amazed.

Switching on the lights is one of the key bearer's most important duties, and among the lights are those that illuminate the vault. Turn your head up and catch your breath as you see the light slowly flood the 3600 square meter fresco painted by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari. See the ornate, vividly colored "Last Judgement" with the twenty-four elders of the Apocalypse, choirs of angels and groups of saints come alive before you.

As the light gets brighter, admire the spectacular Florence Duomo Clock, magnificently frescoed by Paolo Uccello, one of the greatest artists of all time. Learn about its bizarre functioning (it goes from sunset to sunrise and the hours are painted counterclockwise!) and history from your guide, along with exploring the rest of the Cathedral.

After enjoying this truly exclusive guided tour of the Duomo, you still have more to experience...but, first things first: it’s time for a frothy cappuccino or espresso, and a sweet treat! To make your morning extra special, your guide has planned a delicious breakfast break at a charming, historical cafe nearby. Join the locals for a typical Italian-style breakfast, standing at the elegant bar, and then head over to the Baptistery. The key-bearer will be waiting to open the "Gates to Paradise," so magnificently chiseled by Lorenzo Ghiberti, and reveal its jewel-like interior by turning on the lights. Experience the amazing privilege of being, once again, the very first to access the Baptistery, together with a small group of your fellow participants. Admire the gleaming ceiling mosaics, spectacularly enhanced by gold. Follow your guide through the Baptistery, learning all about its striking history and impressive masterpieces.

Finally, walk back to the Duomo for a last, unforgettable, viewing. Access the Cathedral from the Porta Canonici, a special side entrance open exclusively for your party, and get ready for a memorable visit to the Duomo rooftop. The Awakening the Duomo Tour includes a guided tour of Brunelleschi’s dome inside! Follow your guide up the steep, fascinating staircase. Once on top, savor the view and learn about one of the greatest geniuses of all time, Brunelleschi, his art, and how he built the cupola. 

 

Inclusions

  • Exclusive entrance: VIP semi-private tour of the Cathedral and Baptistery
  • Be the first and only small group to access them, at daybreak
  • See the lights go on and illuminate the artwork
  • English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance to Brunelleschi's dome
  • Italian breakfast: coffee or cappuccino and pastries

 

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Tour does not include local hotel pick-up; the convenient meeting point at the Duomo Square will be specified on your E-Ticket.   Rates are per person in US dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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