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Key Details

  • City: Florence
  • Duration: Approx 2hrs 45mins
  • Start Time: Times vary.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the incredible Uffizi Gallery – one of the world’s oldest museums and one of the most important art collections anywhere. With works by Raphael, da Vinci, Botticelli and Caravaggio.

  • Uniquely, this tour also visits the Palazzo Vecchio; one-time home to the Medici family. Here you’ll visit the Council of 500, made famous by Dan Brown and Michelangelo.

  • Securing Uffizi tickets can be difficult, and lines into the gallery are notorious. With pre-reserved tickets, we minimize the wait.
Skip the line on our Uffizi tour Self portrait by Raphael, Uffizi Gallery Uffizi Gallery courtyard The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, Uffizi Gallery Even the ceiling is beautiful! Uffizi Gallery

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

VISIT THE OLDEST AND BEST ART GALLERY IN ITALY.

(Nota bene: From November 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017, we are running a special edition of this tour that begins in the Palazzo Vecchio and uses a special, VIP corridor which is usually off-limits to visitors to enter into the Uffizi Gallery. Aside from this small change, the tour remains the same.)

First opened to visitors in 1591, the Uffizi Gallery is one of the world’s oldest museums. Covering an area of some 86,000 square feet, it also happens to be one of the biggest. And just in case that weren’t compelling enough reason to visit – it’s the best collection of Renaissance paintings in all of Italy!

All of that can make the Uffizi Gallery pretty overwhelming. Luckily, the paintings are arranged in chronological order which means you feel like you’re traveling through time, tracing the world’s most important artistic movements as they happened.

DECODING ART AND THE RENAISSANCE WITH AN EXPERT LOCAL GUIDE.

Your expert guide will walk you through this incredible museum, teaching you to distinguish different styles in different ages, so you can see how techniques developed over the centuries – and how the Renaissance changed everything.

Discover masterpieces by greats like Cimabue, Duccio and Giotto. Gaze at the real Renaissance classics, including, perhaps most famous of all, Botticelli’s ‘Primavera’ and ‘Birth of Venus’. Learn about the legacy the painters of this particular era left by exploring later pieces by Titian and Caravaggio. It all adds up to more than just an Uffizi tour – it’s a voyage through time!

PRE-RESERVED TICKETS GUARANTEED & EARLY MORNING ACCESS

Uffizi tickets are (quite understandably) in high demand and during busy seasons in particular, general access lines can stretch for hours. You don’t need to worry about any of that though, because we’ve pre-reserved your tickets so your entrance line is separate from general access. Using the first entry time we also get you in before most visitors, to explore the galleries before the become crowded.

With small groups of only 15 people or fewer throughout, you’ll find it easy to hear your guide and to ask all the questions you can think of – creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere throughout. You can also count on the quality of our tour guides, hand picked for their knowledge, passion, enthusiasm and fun factor.

End your tour with a step back in time at Palazzo Vecchio

The history of Palazzo Vecchio is the history of Florence. For centuries this was the home of power, government and art in Florence. Built by the same man who created the Duomo, both Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were commissioned to paint murals here, in the phenomenal Council of 500. Neither completed the task (and Leonardo learned an important lesson about painting with wax) but the frescoes and ceiling panels here are still an incredible sight.

As well as beautiful art, you'll encounter the most fascinating of Florentine history at Palazzo Vecchio, including the story of the Medici, who abandoned this palace for the Pitti Palace in a bold statement, and commissioned the building of the Vasari Corridor all the way from here to their new home.

Sites visited

  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Salone dei 500
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Masterpieces by: Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Giotto, Titian, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio & more.
  • Piazza della Signoria

Included

  • Pre-reserved Palazzo Vecchio tickets
  • Pre-reserved Uffizi tickets
  • Expert local guide
  • Headsets
  • Small groups of 15 or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 671 Customer Reviews

Eleonora was a wonderful tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about everything that she told us about. She made the tour very pleasant.
There were just 2 of us and Regina gave us all of her attention and was informative, helpful and pleasant. A good experience.
Absolutely wonderful tour. It went so well that we booked another two tours with your company for Rome. Thank you - Grazie!

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for a child reduction.

Backpacks are not allowed into the Palazzo Vecchio, please make sure to only bring small handbags on this tour.

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Eleonora was a wonderful tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about everything that she told us about. She made the tour very pleasant.
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Angelo was amazing! He was able to teach us so much about Florence and art but still kept it interesting. Despite the fast pace of the tour, we didn't feel as if we had missed out on too much (though of course it would have been wonderful if we had been able to spend our entire holiday there!) and enjoyed every moment of it thoroughly! This was by far the best Walks of Italy tour we've taken, and we've been on a few!
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There were just 2 of us and Regina gave us all of her attention and was informative, helpful and pleasant. A good experience.
Absolutely wonderful tour. It went so well that we booked another two tours with your company for Rome. Thank you - Grazie!
Angela was so informative!
Most excellent tour and guide was very knowledgeable. Love to hear the background and history.
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour with Bernardo who was very knowledgable and passionate about his field of expertise. It being a Sunday (early) morning our family of three were the only participants which made the tour even more special & customised.
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They guide was enthusiastic and a very good story teller. It would be better if we lengthen the Uffizi Tour and shorten the Palazzo Vecchio tour.
This wasn’t the only tour we took and I will contact you about our overall experience, very positive. Antonio was great and handled the group very well and had excellent subject knowledge .
Such a great tour! Our time in the Uffizi Gallery was very special and we managed to see all of the famous art work without the crowds.
Great tour.
This was an excellent tour made awesome by our guide Teresa. This was our 5th Walks tour of the trip and she has been the best. She spoke excellent english and was very engaging, enthusiastic, and thorough. She managed the group very well, patiently making sure all were within visual range of the work before going into detail and then did an excellent job explaining the various works. Our party of 4 has left this experience thoroughly enriched. The Uffizi tour is a must, with its deep and rich pieces, and if your lucky you'll get Teresa.
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Last night we did an evening walk at the Academia in Firenze and enjoyed it as all the previous Walks of Italy tours. Thank you all so much!
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What a great tour!!! Our guide was fantastic!!
This is a fantastic tour. Valentina has clearly done a lot of research about the time period, the art, the techniques, etc. We loved hearing her insights and truly benefited from her depth of knowledge. She is also very engaging in her presentation--even my 14 and 16 year olds were captivated. Great job!
The tour was amazing. Easy to meet the guide and logistics were really easy “Bernie” - our guide - was perfect. We skipped the lines and he gave us great insight into all the key pieces in ufizzi and palazzo vecchio. It was a great way to see various pieces and in a short amount of time. Definitely recommend!
He was exceptional! You could tell he was very passionate and knowledgeable about the art. He did a nice job of focusing our time on the most significant pieces. I have 2 teenage girls and he was able to keep them engaged for most of the day. Lastly, we asked for suggestions on where to buy gold coin pendants for our girls and he suggested the most amazing metal artist near the Duomo. Was a priceless experience and memory the girls won’t forget- thank you Bernie!!
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Guila did an a outstanding job. Very informative, we learned so much!!! Thank you Guila
Ismael was wonderful! He was so informative and set such a magical tone for the whole tour. His warm and kind demeanor made the morning enjoyable. He went out of his way to set the stage for everything! We loved him!
Elvira was amazing!!!! The Uffizi is such an overwhelming museum and she managed to cover all the high points and give us such valuable insight. We were on a tight schedule (with a bus to Siena to catch) and she kept right on schedule without rushing through. Such a wonderful guide!! Really glad we took this tour!
Angelo was fantastic...very enthusiastic and very informative. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed the tour!
Angelo A. was a fantastic guide.
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Luigi or “GiGi” was truly a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. Our family learned so much. The Best Joe, Liz, Ian and Chloe
excellent guide - she was very knowledgeable and excited about the new Michaelangelo and Raphael room.
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Excellent tour and guide.just the perfect amount of information told with great stories.
This was an excellent tour and Teresa did a great job. The tour got off to a bit of a rough start, when one of our group sprained his ankle and another dropped and lost her ticket on the way in to the Uffizi. Nevertheless, Teresa handled these matters with grace and poise and quickly resolved them. We enjoyed how she conducted the tour as part of a narrative about the times and the art and artists and were grateful that she did so in a focused way, without trying to educate us about every work of art. Of course, that would take years. The only minor concern we had was that the tour ran a bit long as we navigated Palazzo Vecchio. Thank you so much. Bob from USA.
Valentina wa extremely knowledgeable and a great communicator
Valentina was knowledgeable and very amusing. She was able to answer all our questions. A wonderful, deeply informative beginning to our stay in Florence. Brava!
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The most amazing tour guide. She clearly loved Florence and all that it contained and so did we by the end. A totally amazing tour. Highly recommended.
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Frederica was marvellous. Really enjoyed the tour. Thank you!
Excellent tour guide! Thank you!
Theresa was excellent, very knowledgeable, engaging and enthusiastic. Unfortunately, beyond Theresa’s control, there was a slight problem with the headphones which on occasions made it difficult to hear, which was a bit frustrating.
Great tour and informative. A lot of information I felt I would not have received otherwise. The painting of Judith and the symbolism there really struck Home with my girlfriend
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It was great to see these places without the huge crowds. Our guide was so knowledgeable.