Side view Duomo dome Florence

Private Half Day Best of Florence Highlights Tour, with David & the Duomo

Skip the Line
Out of 39 Reviews
  • Duration
    3 h.
  • Start time
    08:30, 09:00 & 16:30
  • Meeting Point
    Piazza San Marco (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language
Skip the line at Florence's Accademia Gallery to gain immediate access to Michelangelo’s 'David', then hit the streets for a walking tour of the city's best including stunning Florence Cathedral, all with a personal local expert by your side.

Well informed, pleasant, perfectly fluent and a delight to spend time with.


Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy Florence’s top sights in a single day with Skip the Line Access to the Accademia for Michelangelo’s 'David' 
  • Enter the symbol of Florence, its spectacular Duomo crowned by Brunelleschi’s dome and embellished with frescoes by Vasari
  • See the best of Florence from the streets including Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Giotto’s Campanile and much more
  • Follow your own personal local expert’s captivating commentary as they bring Florence and its great works of art and architecture to life for you alone
Ponte Vecchio general view sunny day

Your Day in Florence, Your Way

On our Best of Florence Private Tours, you make the decisions – choosing which sights you’d rather spend more time at and setting your own pace.

Duomo dome interior Florence

Get VIP treatment

You’ll have your own expert, English-speaking guide for the duration who will be able to tailor commentary to suit you, with time to answer all your questions.

David side profile Michelangelo

Don’t Waste Time Waiting in Line

Skip the Line Access at the Accademia Gallery means you won’t waste precious time waiting in line to see Michelangelo's sought-after masterpiece.


See Florence your way on our Best of Florence Private Tours, with your own expert, English-speaking guide for the day, allowing you to set the pace and tailor your itinerary to suit your needs and interests.

Our private tours start at Florence Cathedral where you’ll see the famous dome. So large it needed a brand new method of engineering to construct it, Il Duomo is the most iconic sight of Florence, visible from every high point in the city. Your expert guide will introduce you to the dome from outside, admiring its beautiful red brick and the pink and green marble that cover Florence Cathedral. Then go inside for a guided tour of the interior. We’ll take some time to visit the gold doors of the Baptistery before setting off on the next leg of our adventure, a walking tour of Florence.

Our classic walking tour covers all the most iconic sights of Florence – from the Ponte Vecchio bridge to Piazza Signoria and the leather market. This is your day though, so if there are areas you’d rather visit or if you’d rather linger in one location over another, feel free to request it. Our guides are local experts, familiar with every aspect of Florence so they would be very happy to accommodate you on most requests.

After our walking tour we’ll visit another Florentine show-stopper, Michelangelo’s ‘David’. Top of the must-see list for many visitors, the Accademia Gallery usually has long lines that can stretch for hours. With Skip the Line Access we get straight inside so you won’t waste a precious moment with your guide. Explore Michelangelo’s unfinished ‘Slaves’ and listen to your guide as they point out the little details that tell us so much about how this great Renaissance man worked. Michelangelo considered sculpture to be the highest form of art so his marble creations were a real labor of love for him – a fact that shows in his work.

You’ll be astounded to see what the finished product looks like when you step out of the corridor and into the light-filled dome that houses ‘David’. Earlier in the day you’ll see the original spot where ‘David’ stood in Piazza Signoria along with an exact replica of the work, but nothing can prepare you for the real thing. With your guide’s help you’ll admire the smooth marble and relaxed joints of this masterpiece, learning about what goes into creating such a piece.

With expert, English-speaking guides and Skip the Line Access at the Accademia, we make sure that you get the best from your time in Florence. You’ll visit the two most iconic sights of Florence and wander the streets and piazzas, hearing the stories and history that bring the city to life. And with the added flexibility of having your own dedicated guide, you can make sure that you enjoy your day your way.

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What's included

  • Skip the Line Entrance to Accademia Gallery
  • Ticket for the Accademia Gallery and all reservation fees
  • Visit to Florence Cathedral (the 'Duomo')
  • Private, English-speaking guide

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food and beverages

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Important notes

  • Please note that because of religious festivities and on Sundays, access to the Duomo is restricted. Also in the afternoon the Duomo is always closed, in which case a detailed tour will be given from outside. Also on the first Sunday of every month, due to Accademia Gallery’s admission policies, we may not be granted admittance. If this happens we will offer an extended walking tour of the city. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.


Private Half Day Best of Florence Highlights Tour, with David & the Duomo Reviews

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The absolute highlight of...


The absolute highlight of our time in Italy. Sara was fabulous!!!!! As an art major she really spent the time explaining to us what we were seeing and hit the highlights on our limited time with her. I don't enjoy large groups and this tour is well worth the expense as the personalized interaction with my wife and I was exactly what we were paying for. Highly Recommended.

Barbara was fantastic...


Barbara was fantastic. She brought the art and history of Firenze alive during our tour. She was very knowledgeable about the people and culture of this wonderful city. Barbara was more than a tour guide to us, she really connected with us and was witty as well as enthusiastic.

Antonio was the best! He...


Antonio was the best! He recommended wine shops, a cooking class and many other informative things about the city. We loved Antonio!!!

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