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Uffizi Gallery Tour: A Guided Crash Course with Skip-the-Line Tickets

Survey the major masterpieces of Renaissance art
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Tour Details
3 hours
Product Type
  • Uffizi Gallery
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Photos & Highlights
  • Explore the Uffizi Gallery's wide variety of Renaissance art in the company of an art historian
  • Includes skip-the-line access to Uffizi Gallery
Tour Description
This three-hour tour of the Uffizi Gallery with advance reservations and skip-the-line access is led by an art historian and introduces us to some of the museum’s grandest pieces, as well as its often-overlooked gems. On a private tour or group tour with a maximum of 6 participants, we will encounter some of the most important works of Renaissance art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Giotto, and Da Vinci.
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • 3 hours with a PhD or MA-level guide
  • Skip-the-line access to the Uffizi Gallery
    • Please Note: Our team will pre-purchase timed admission tickets on behalf of your party. However, due to enhanced COVID-19 safety precautions at this venue, there will be a mandatory security line which we must wait in together. 
Joined by an expert in art history, we’ll start our tour outside the Uffizi Gallery, considered perhaps the greatest repository of Renaissance and Mannerist works of art in the world. We’ll get a brief introduction to the history of the collection and its relationship to the Medici family. Once in the galleries, rather than racing through the corridors to view everything, our expert guide will pick selected works to narrate the history and evolution of Florentine art 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 techniques introduced by Cimabue and Giotto, whose expressiveness in two-dimensional art and original approach to representing space made them the pioneers of the Renaissance. After, we will 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.

Interested in our other Florence tours? Check out our Michelangelo in Florence Tour or our Savoring Florence Food Tour.
Will you pre-purchase tickets?
Yes, we pre-purchase timed tickets to the Uffizi. Your guide will have them on hand, and we will enter the museum together as a group. 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 guide will spend this time wisely by providing an overview of the history of the collection.

What are skip-the-line tickets?
For this tour, your tickets are pre-purchased which allows you to skip the ticket office line upon arrival at the museum. You may still have to wait in a security line or in a line to have your pre-purchased ticket scanned.   

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.

Do we buy children's passes? 
We only buy adult tickets for our Uffizi tours because people with reduced tickets have to wait in an extra line and show their ID. In order to save time, we purchase skip-the-line standard tickets so families may enter as quickly as possible. 

There are 10 in my group but your website won't allow me to include more than 9 participants. Can't you make an exception?
No, unfortunately, due to venue reservation restrictions, we cannot accommodate groups larger than 9 people. If your group is larger, we recommend you split into multiple groups.
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Tour was terrific with very small group. Molly was exceptionally knowledgeable and highly capable of answering all questions.
Molly was a fantastic tour guide- her knowledge and ability to deliver it in such an engaging way was exactly what we were hoping for and more on this tour.
Elizabeth did a wonderful job. She explained things clearly and was very open to all our questions. We would never have known all the history and interesting facts behind the artwork without her knowledge. She made the Uffizi exciting for us.