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Express Accademia Gallery & Uffizi Tour

Key Details

  • City: Florence
  • Duration: 4hrs
  • Start Time: 8.45am

Tour Highlights

  • Don't waste time; We're taking you inside Florence's two most in-demand attractions in a single morning, with pre-reserved tickets and an expert guide.

  • Special-access Accademia gallery tickets let you see Michelangelo's David without the worst of the crowds.

  • Some people take days to visit the Uffizi Gallery but our special itinerary, which features Botticelli, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Duccio, and more, gets you in an out while letting you see the best that the museum has to offer.
David is lit by natural light in a very dramatic fashion. You'll marvel at the way David's face changes from different perspectives. The size of David is spellbinding. Your city stroll will show you lots of the locals' favorite spots in Florence. The Palazzo Vecchio Your guide is the perfect person to show you around. Lorenzo Ghiberti's famous bronze door to the Florence Baptistery. Michelangelo's Tondo Doni in the Uffizi. Don't be surprised if your jaw drops a few times in the Uffizi Galleries. Botticelli's Birth of Venus is one of the highlights of the Uffizi.

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

ENTER THE ACCADEMIA BEFORE THE CROWDS

This Accademia Gallery tour in Florence tour begins with one of the first entries of the day into the Gallery, so you can see Michelangelo's David before much of the crowds show up. As you stand at the feet of the statue, your expert guide will tell you the story of how this went from being just another statue commissioned for the church to one of the crowning achievements of Western art. You'll also see some of Michelangelo's unfinished works to get a unique look inside the mind of a tortured genius.

A CITY STROLL THROUGH THE HEART OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE

Next, you'll enjoy a leisurely city stroll past the Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Florence Duomo and Baptistery. Your guide will pause at these sights in order to give you some of the fascinating history of Florence, which went from regional power to the world-changing center of the Renaissance in the 15th century.

FOLLOW A SPECIAL ITINERARY THROUGH THE WORLD'S GREATEST COLLECTION OF RENAISSANCE ART

Now for more art: skipping the line at the world-famous Uffizi Gallery, you'll dive into the greatest collection of Renaissance paintings in the world. It has the tendency to overwhelm even the most seasoned museum-goers, but don't worry: Our guides have developed a very special chronological itinerary that shows you the highlights of the collection while helping you better understand how Western Art evolved from the flat, boring Medieval period, to the vibrant, emotive works of the Renaissance and beyond. You won't be an expert when you finish the tour, but you'll at least be able to impress your friends.

Your Uffizi and Accademia gallery tour ends around midday so you'll have plenty of time left to explore the city. Our guides are happy to give you recommendations, whether you want to see more museums, sit down for a long lunch, or just do some shopping, they will ensure that you have the hints, tips, and recommendations to make the most of the rest of your stay.

Sites visited

  • Florence Accademia Gallery
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore (outside)
  • Florence Baptistery
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Palazzo Vecchio (outside)

Included

  • Pre-reserved tickets to the Accademia
  • Pre-reserved tickets to the Uffizi
  • Expert Guide

Reviews

5-stars from over 77 Customer Reviews

Wonderful experience. Charles was by far the best guide I ever had. Very knowledgeable, great sense of humor, not a dull moment. Highly recommend this tour. Will be using Walks Of Italy next year when I am back in Rome & Florence.
Our guide was fun and informative. Really enjoyed the tour.
Matt was a wonderful, knowledgeable tour guide with a lot of passion for the art in both museums.
Wonderful experience. Charles was by far the best guide I ever had. Very knowledgeable, great sense of humor, not a dull moment. Highly recommend this tour. Will be using Walks Of Italy next year when I am back in Rome & Florence.
Our guide was fun and informative. Really enjoyed the tour.
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Matt was a wonderful, knowledgeable tour guide with a lot of passion for the art in both museums.
The great tour guide who was very passionate and knowledgeable about the history of Florence and the subject of the art he showed us. Great, it was such a small group and he was very good at answering questions and engaging the group. Great place to see the two huge attractions in Florence. Would recommend both the tour and Angelo again. Well done.
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Charles was amazing. He knew so much; he was so passionate about his love of the city, his love of the art, his love of the history. He didn’t waste a minute. He talked to us even when we were waiting in line. It was a magnificent tour.
Our Guide was brilliant, extremely knowledgable and looked after the group
Charles is incredible! Extremely knowledgeable and very informative. Loved this tour!
Matt was the most outstanding tour guide that we had for all 4 of our WALKS tours. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable in the art history of the Renaissance, but he was also kind and generous, asking if we were doing alright and if we had more stamina to keep going. There was a threat of a demonstration that would cut our tour short by 1 hour, but he assured us that he would find something wonderful for us to experience if the protest were to take place (thankfully it never did). He was even kind and respectful of other people in the museum who were not on the tour; helping one visitor when she almost tripped and fell, and answering an art history question for a gentleman who just happened to be walking past one of the pieces of art that Matt was explaining to us. He also told us that he goes to Rome once a week to continue his study of art history! A truly dedicated professional!
Our guide, Eriza, was most knowledgeable and entertaining. Really enjoyed this tour and seeing highlights in our limited time. Would surely recommend to others. Had to wait to get into the Uffizi but could not control that.
Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly and pleasant to spend time with for the tour. Excellent
Eriza was fabulous. We really enjoyed her tour
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Wonderful tour and loved skipping the ones. Gretta, our guide was excellent, very knowledgable and went out of her way to answer non-tour related questions at the end.
Greta was wonderful. Full of information and attentive to our needs and questions as a group. Couldnt have been better!
Our guide was excellent- informative and entertaining.
Greta was a great and knowledgeable tour guide. We really enjoyed the entire tour. The winery was beautiful and the food was great. Walks of Italy is a great tour company. They aim to please. I have booked 5 tours with this company and haven’t been let down yet. Greta is sweet and awesome. All the tour guides I have met are great.
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Fabulous tour with super guide!
Ishmael was a terrific guide. It was amazing to me how much information he keeps in his head. He answered any question thrown at him. E even kept us informed when we were on line at the Uffizi! We are looking forward to our tours with you in Rome!
Wonderful guide. It’s a bit long but worth every minute. Thank you.
Ismael was a fantastic guide. We learned so much! Had we tried to see these sites on our own we would likely have been underwhelmed. We enjoyed our time with Ismael and would have gladly toured with him anytime. Grazie mille!
Excellent tour, Eriza informative and most pleasant.
We loved our tour with Nebo. His expertise in art was very evident and made both the Accademia and the Uffizi come alive with his was fantastic knowledge. It was a great tour and would highly recommend.
So knowledgeable and passionate about art. Will take the same tour again because he had so much great information I couldn’t absorb all of it!
Stephanie was amazing!!loved the tour!
An entertaining and informative tour.
Bravo Klaus! Knowledgeable, insightful, funny, entertaining, and a gifted educator!
Our guide Neb was excellent
One of our best tours - Nebojsa was amazing! He reminds me of my college professors - extremely knowledgeable and asked questions to make sure that we were absorbing the information. I found Nebojsa to be more than an Art expert. He was a cultural expert providing great recommendations for food, gelato and other parts of Tuscany.
Mat was great! Loved the tour.
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I had a wonderful experience during my tour. the guide was excellent and the small group is always a bonus! I’m Glad I chose Walks of Italy for all my tours
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Knowledgeable entertaining guide
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This was a wonderful tour! We had only a handful of people and the guide was very knowledgeable, so she was very good at answering questions and putting the art works into historical context. I would not miss this if you are going to Florence!
My only regret is that I wish it could have been longer.
Our guide was personable, knowledgeable, and expertly handled a challenging guest. It was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Very informative
We enjoyed the tour very much. Our guild Teresa, was terrific. I wish the meet up had been a little earlier so that we had not waited so long in line at the Accademia. I understand that Florence is particularly crowded in summer, but the wait in line was just too long for signing up for a tour.
Teresa was amazing! Her level of knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject was off the charts! We learned a great deal that made the tour even more enjoyable!
Tour was great except for the wait at the Uffizi museum due to a metal detector being out and the line was really backed up as a result. Vanessa did an amazing job dealing with the situation, keeping us informed and attempting to expedite things as possible. She also handled a health situation (a young girl on our tour passed out while we were waiting in line) extremely well, kept everyone calm and got the girl what she needed to feel better. You can tell that Vanessa really possesses great knowledge about the art we viewed and a real passion for it. We took numerous tours on our recent trip to Italy and Vanessa was the best tour guide we had the entire time. She deserves a raise and recognition for her professionalism, dedication and knowledge. Loved her!!!
We are so pleased that we took this tour. We considered hiring a private guide but thought we would have just as good an experience with a group tour, and we were right. We could not have had a better tour of Uffizi or Academia than we had with Angelo. He answered every question and provided great explanations. The "skip the line" is a bit of a misnomer, because we waited well over an hour in total, but I don't expect that is avoidable.
We are so pleased that we took this tour. We considered hiring a private guide but thought we would have just as good an experience with a group tour, and we were right. We could not have had a better tour of Uffizi or Academia than we had with Angelo. He answered every question and provided great explanations. The "skip the line" is a bit of a misnomer, because we waited well over an hour in total, but I don't expect that is avoidable.
Vanessa our tour guide was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about the city and venues we visited. When our daughter fainted she handled this with concern and was extremely helpful. Brittani followed up to see if she was ok. This was very thoughtful and appreciated. Through no fault of anyone in your company the lines were very long and we spent half of our time waiting to get in. Vanessa entertained us with her knowledge about the places and city. Vanessa is priceless and your company is lucky to employ her. If I had to do it over again I would probably book the academia and the uffizi separately. this would have given us more actual time in each venue. But overall I very nice experience to see 2 fabulous museums. Thank you, Mike and family