This three-hour tour of the Uffizi Gallery is led by an art historian and introduces us to some of the museum’s grandest pieces, as well as its oft-overlooked gems. Here we will encounter some of the most important works of Renaissance art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Giotto, and Da Vinci. Note: this tour includes advanced reservation and skip-the-line access.
Joined by an expert in art history bringing pre-arranged tickets, we’ll start our tour outside the Uffizi Gallery, considered perhaps the greatest repository of Renaissance and Mannerist works of art in the world. There we’ll get a brief introduction to the history of the collection and its relationship to the Medici family. Once in the galleries, our expert guide will pick selected works to narrate the history and evolution of Florentine art, rather than racing through the corridors to view everything, in order to gain a full appreciation of their significance. We’ll trace a route through the Renaissance and Mannerist rooms and spend considerable time observing these selected pieces in depth, contextualizing their place in history and the canon of art.
As we stroll, we’ll appreciate the revolutionary new techniques introduced by Cimabue and Giotto, whose expressiveness in two-dimensional art and original approach to representing space made them the forerunners of the Renaissance. We'll then contemplate the apex of harmony and naturalism, as symbolized by the works of Lippi and Botticelli, while also touching on philosophical concepts that were becoming increasingly popular at the time at the court of the Medici family. Our last stop will take us to some of the greatest examples from the Mannerist period, such as Parmigianino and Bronzino. By the end of the tour, we’ll have gained a greater understanding of the concepts of beauty, technical mastery, and the deep relationship between art and politics in Renaissance society.
Note: Our visit to the Uffizi includes advance entry tickets. However, please keep in mind that we will still be required to wait in the security line. The Uffizi is extremely crowded. And, at times, this line may take up to 20 minutes. Regardless, our docent will spend this time wisely by providing an overview of the history of the collection.
Note: The 3-hour itinerary covers the major masterpieces of the museum. If you would like to add time to your private tour, please contact our team.
What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.
What is a semi-private tour?
Our semi-private tours cover many of the same itineraries as our private tours, but they place you with other travelers in groups of 6 or less. They operate on a pre-scheduled calendar, and are designed to provide an opportunity to engage with and learn from other travelers. Most of our semi-private tours require at least three (3) participants to run, although there is some variation from walk to walk. However, there is some variation from walk to walk. As you sign up for a tentative walk we display the minimum number required in order to confirm.
Where do we meet? Where does it end?
The tour meets near the Uffizi, in an easy to find location away from the crowds. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map, and 24/7 phone number. The walking tour ends inside the Uffizi. You are welcome to stay in the museum and explore more after the tour is done.
Will you pre-purchase tickets?
Yes, we pre-purchase timed tickets to the Uffizi. Your docent will have them on hand, and we will enter the museum together as a group.
Does this include the Accademia and David?
No, but for private bookings, you can add on the Accademia for an additional hour. Please book this using our Customized Private Tour of Florence,
noting that you would like to book the Arte Firenze with Accademia addition.
Will I see everything in the collection?
No, we can't cover the entire collection in 3 hours. Please note also that due to circumstances beyond our control, certain rooms or works may be closed to visitors without advanced notice.