Cupola del Brunelleschi
Cupola del Brunelleschi
4.5
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8:15 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:15 AM - 6:45 PM
Tuesday
8:15 AM - 6:45 PM
Wednesday
8:15 AM - 6:45 PM
Thursday
8:15 AM - 6:45 PM
Friday
8:15 AM - 6:45 PM
Saturday
8:15 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
12:45 PM - 4:30 PM
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Climb 463 steps to Brunelleschi's dome for spectacular views of the city. This 15th-century dome is the largest masonry vault in the world.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Duomo
Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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  • George S
    Miami Beach, Florida1,614 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit underwhelming
    Though the Dome is an architectural icon for its time, the climb and experience was a bit underwhelming. Once you made the 15 minute ascent , the view was just OK — not the “wow” moment that I expected. Pls note that you need to buy a separate timed-entry ticket to climb the dome — to visit the church you need to stand in another line, which is free of charge.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 14, 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,471 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting climb and spectacular city views
    Definitely something you should do if you have the time when in Firenze. **Absolutely book this in advance – at least 2-3 weeks ahead in the summer if you want to go up the dome of the cathedral. We did not. Fortunately, we stay in a place for four weeks so were able to get in our last week in town. We saw many people who did not book that were unable to get in before they left town. That said, you can likely get up the Campanile without reserving ahead. It’s not quite as good as going inside the Cupola del Brunelleschi but you do get some great views of the neighboring cathedral and the city. If you do either (or both like we did on the first 90-degree day in Firenze), then be prepared to take a lot of steps. More than 400 for each one. There were lots of people struggling to get up. The cupola is a pretty fast climb as you are in a timed group but the Campanile you can do on your own and there are several floors to stop and get a breath. Whichever you choose – to do them both (there’s a good combo ticket offer on the official website), or just one of the two, you will get fantastic 360-degree sweeping views of the surroundings.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Cheryl63
    Clifton Royal, Canada52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Duomo cup polo climb
    We purchased tickets on line prior to our trip for 8:15am entry. Great to be early and beat the crowds. The climb was fine. At times very tight circles and at the end very steep. I found going down more of a challenge. The view from the top was stunning on a beautiful sunny morning. I don’t like heights but felt safe at the top as it was all wired in. Do the climb.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2023
  • Hany G
    Bakersfield, California1,790 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb view!
    We climbed the cupola with a tour guide. It is not an easy mission to climb it. It is more than 400 steps. The stairs are narrow and swirling. If you are claustrophobic or have limited physical fitness, this is not for you. The view from the top is breathtaking.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 24, 2024
  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perhaps the most easily recognisable dome in the world
    Brunelleschi's Dome is situated upon Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) in the historic city centre of Florence. This is an important landmark structure and probably one of the most easily recognisable church domes in the world. It is constructed between 1418-34, stands 54 metres in height and is 45.5 metres in diameter. You can see it very clearly from various elevated positions around the city as well as from the side of the basilica and at ground level when wandering around Piazza dell Duomo and Piazza San Giovanni. You can experience viewing the remarkable inner cupola of Brunelleschi's Dome from within Duomo, where you can stand under the dome and see the impressive frescos by Vasari and Zuccari (1572-1579) referring to the theme of the Last Judgement. Picture taking is a bit challenging given the height of the dome and its frescos. To see the frescos better, you may want to purchase one of the ticket passes that include entry and the 463 step climb to the top of the dome. As you near the top, you have up close views of the inner cupola frescos before being rewarded with spectacular views of the city centre from outside the dome.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 13, 2024
  • Chloe
    Bristol, United Kingdom17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Florence Cathedral
    We queued for around 45 mins to get in to the church for free. It was well worth it! There are side entrances with much shorter queues for those that have paid for to climb the dome or bell tower so make sure you get into the right one!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2024
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Cristopher
Zurich, Switzerland5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Let’s start with the cupola itself. It’s beautiful and the views are amazing. The climb is doable for any fit person. Sadly the organization selling the tickets, guiding the people etc. Are 90% grumpy people that treat tourists with disdain. Tickets used to be €20 for all Duomo attractions, now you can only buy separate tickets for each. Just climbing up and down the cupola will already set you back €20, then you still need tickets for the bell tower, the museum, and the baptisterium. There are better ways to spend your money in Florence. But the cathedral itself is beautiful!!
Written September 8, 2020
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad5,525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Super beautiful and unique Cupola, which is the dome for Duomo. On the day I was there I tried to enter the dome but was disappointed to learn not even pay on entry was entertained. You must book in advance to be able to access the dome. My only other alternative was to admire its beauty from the outside. I would have preferred to get the view from its tower because I heard its spectacular.
So for those wanting to visit and enter please make your reservation in advance, otherwise you would not be able to enter.
Written June 14, 2020
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swetamodi
Mumbai, India223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The dome is HUGE!!
We prebooked our tickets to climb the dome - the climb is difficult and also claustrophobic at spots.
The views are really ok - i think this climb is hyped and can be skipped.

Rather climb the Pallazo Vecchio Tower - much better views of the Duomo itself and of Florence
Written April 7, 2020
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Barry R
Palaiochora, Greece26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Climbing the iconic Duomo is something not to be missed. You get to see the amazing "last judgement" ceiling painting at close quarters on the way up (and even closer on the way down) and the view at the top...well the photos don't do it justice!

Be aware it is not for everyone. If you have difficulty with stairs, hate heights or suffer from claustrophobia you may want to pass on it.
Written February 7, 2020
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Duchtel
Grand Rapids, MI134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I would recommend booking a ticket for going up the Cupola a few days in advance as it does sell out. The only pass that includes the Cupola on duomo.firenze.it is the Brunelleschi Pass. The time slots are every 45 minutes (for 125 individuals) and you need to enter on the Porta della Mandorla (Almond Door). This is not very clear on the ticket.

The 463 steps are actually not that bad and broken up by a stop on top of the Cupola on the inside before continuing to the top. There are just some very tight spots and very steep staircases.

This all pays off with the view from the top. It is just amazing. You get around 15 minutes up there before you are reminded to start your descent as the next group is getting ready to go up.
Written January 15, 2023
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Lance H
Boerne, TX1,262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Here is yet another thing to see and do in the Duomo Plaza. The cupola is part of the cathedral and you can climb up into it for a great view. What I like about this is being able to observe the brick construction of the dome which was quite an accomplishment at the time.
Written February 22, 2020
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Marieka86
United Kingdom256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I paid for for this climb as part of the Santa Maria online ticket (don't bother with any of the TA 'deals', just buy straight from the cathedral website). I didn't have the time to look at any of the other things included in the package - this was deservedly my priority. As you come down from the climb you get to have a sneaky peak of the cathedral from behind a railing but you don't get automatic access as you pass through on your way out. You have to exit, queue up again and re-enter. Although the climb tickets are timed, it's a very large group that goes up at any one time so there is A LOT of queueing and waiting, both to enter and at various stages on the way up, particular as the passageways become narrower, steeper and more uneven as you ascend.

Apart from the magnificence of the dome itself, this is the iconic feature that stands out in any view of Florence, and from its top you have another amazing 360 view from the centre of the city, stretching out to its surroundings.
Written April 5, 2020
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BaruchBarryPinnick
Ma'ale Adumim, Israel217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
An experience not to be missed if you don't mind a climb of over 400 stairs. There are plenty of stages along the way where it's possible (and advisable) to take a rest. About halfway up the route passes around the inside wall of the base of the dome, so you can see the spectacular artwork from close up - normally it's way above your head when you're in the busy main cathedral area below.
At a few points on the climb there are explanatory panels dealing with the dome and its construction.
The view from the top - excellent. You can see for miles around in all directions.
The number of people allowed up at one time is strictly limited, which makes the experience even more enjoyable. It also means that it's essential to book a specific date and time well in advance.
Please note that this is not an activity for those who have claustrophobia.
Written October 9, 2022
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Siobhan K
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Great experience, climbed the dome (around 437 steps), narrow in places but it's not as bad as you think. The views of Florence from the top make it worthwhile, also you get a good look at the artwork inside the dome. I had booked combination tickets before we flew and had pre booked a time slot for the climb ( best to go early in the morning) and then you could use your ticket for up to 72 hours after but can only visit each attraction once.
Written September 28, 2022
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getawaygirlDenver
Denver, CO348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Climbing to the top of the dome was an incredible way to see views of the city, and of course the artwork of the dome.

The art itself is intense, a lot going on in those scenes.... The stairs could be quite narrow in some areas, but overall the climb wasn't too bad. The only downfall is having people who are crowding around while trying to climb. This was a perfect way to spend a day while it was raining outside.
Written August 3, 2022
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