Hours pass by, 2.5 of them.
With the official key-bearer, you can be the first to enter the Cathedral and Brunelleschi Dome!
The glorious Duomo and green-and-white marble Baptistery of Florence are few landmarks in the world that are as stunningly beautiful as they are unique. Brunelleschi's extraordinary cupola crowns these incredible monuments, both boasting an equally captivating artistic and architectural magnificence inside and out.
Have you ever wondered what the Florence Cathedral or rooftop would look like in the early hours before visitors flood in? Seeing these monuments in the calm of daybreak is a sight no tourist would want to miss.
Seeing the lights turn on, walking inside before anyone else, and meeting the individual who opens the grand door of the Duomo is an experience to imagine.
Thanks to the exclusive and exceptional The Awakening tour, a small group can now have a privileged viewpoint of the Duomo and Cupola in the early morning. The doors open for your eyes only, and you can watch these two landmarks wake up and the lights turn on! This novel and spectacular tour is crafted to give you a unique experience.
As the sun rises, Florence awakens and your personal guide will take you to meet the "chiavigero" in charge of unlocking the Duomo's artistic treasures. The doors creak open and you step into the dimly lit interior. As the key bearer turns on the lights, the frescoed vault comes to life, revealing a stunning 3600 square meter masterpiece painted by Vasari and Zuccari. The slow illumination of the space will leave you amazed. Before your eyes, the saints, angels, and elders of the Apocalypse animate as you admire the intricate and lively "Last Judgement" fresco.
Listen to the uncanny history of the Duomo's dazzling clock, painted by Paolo Uccello, which tells time from sunset to sunrise. Follow your guide and then explore the remaining beauty of this church.
Join the locals for a taste of Italy at the end of your visit. Treat yourself to a delicious breakfast at the historical café, where you can enjoy an espresso, cappuccino, and brioche.
Climb up to Brunelleschi's famous cupola for a memorable end to your tour of the Duomo, after fueling up on breakfast. Gain entry through the exclusive Porta Canonici, reserved solely for your group. From the dome's peak, marvel at the stunning cityscape, and soak up fascinating insights into Brunelleschi's unparalleled talent, as well as his collaborators and building techniques. While you're at it, take pleasure in observing the locals of Florence, from a bird's-eye view.
The Awakening tour is an experience unlike any other, a journey through the Duomo of Florence that will stay with you always. It's not just about the landmarks of Florence, it's something more profound.
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- Small group VIP tour of the Cathedral, with exclusive access
Inside, be the sole person to open the doors of the daybreak.
- Illuminate the artwork as the lights go on
- Guide who speaks English exclusively for you
- Bypass the queue and ascend to the summit of Brunelleschi's dome
- Pastries, cappuccino and coffee are the Italian breakfast staples