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Art is intimidating, and few art museums are more impressive than Italy’s greatest vault of masterpieces: Florence’s Uffizi. But it doesn’t have to be this way. This Uffizi tour is tailor-made to allow you to explore and discover the jaw-dropping, history-changing world of Renaissance art, whether you are a seasoned art lover or a rank amateur.

The tour, like the museum, is chronological, so after skipping the (always long) entrance lines, follow your expert, English-speaking guide on a tour of early Renaissance masterworks from Cimabue, Duccio, and Giotto. Through their paintings you’ll learn to distinguish the styles and techniques that created a revolution in the visual arts.

Next it’s on to classics of the High Renaissance, like Botticelli’s Primavera and Birth of Venus. You’ll see the progression of artistic techniques, and revel in the explosion of color and perspective. But it’s not all art theory; you’ll learn about the incredible personalities and bitter rivalries of some of the biggest stars of the day like Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci.

Finally, see the artistic legacy of the Renaissance in works from later masters like Titian and Caravaggio. When you have seen what comes before, you’ll be able to view their paintings in an entirely new light.

Your next stop is the Palazzo Vechio. For centuries, this was the heart of art and government in Florence -- so important that both Michelangelo and da Vinci were hired to paint murals on its walls. Your tour includes the incredibly impressive Council of 500 and an intro to the tumultuous history of Florence. You'll hear how and why the Medici family abandoned this majestic fortress, building the Vasari Corridor all the way through the Uffizi Gallery to their new home at Palazzo Pitti.

This is more than just a tour, it’s a voyage through time that will make you appreciate all that it took to bring the visual arts out of the Dark Ages and into the modern world. In an intimate group of 15 people or fewer you will have unparalleled access to your guide, with plenty of time to ask all those questions that you can’t find in books. This is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of art history.  

Locations visited
Uffizi Galleries
Palazzo Vecchio
Walks of Italy
Overview
Visit a pair of Florence's prime attractions without the long lines on this small-group morning tour. Beat the crowds with early access to the renowned Uffizi Gallery, where you'll take a chronological tour through Renaissance highlights by Giotto, Michelangelo, Titian, and other masters. Hear the stories behind the art, and then journey across the river to the splendid Palazzo Vecchio for a guided tour of this former residence of the powerful Medici family.
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  • Skip the line
  • Small-group tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Reviewed 21 July 2018
The best way to see, understand and appreciate Florence

I highly recommend all travelers to Florence to do this tour on day 1 early in the morning, I cant express how enjoyable, pleasant, comfortable and enlightening this tour was. There is a lot said about the queues about the lines about the crowds and...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2018
Amazing tour!

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...More

1  Thank Alexis F
Reviewed 25 May 2018
Florence and sienna day trip

Excellent 1/2 day tour of Florence ! Charles our guide was an encyclopedia of knowledge ! Loved the tour -Florence is beautiful, Erisa was also a guide who was equally outgoing and friendly : our 2nd trip was day trip to sienna, winery and San...More

1  Thank Nancy K
Reviewed 21 May 2018
Phenomenal Guide and Tours!

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the highlights of my trip to Florence. Our guide was amazing! She walked us through the galleries and noted the most important artists in the galleries. She was also incredibly knowledgeable on art history and the varieties of techniques...More

Thank Jessie H
Reviewed 8 May 2018
Great tour

We really enjoyed our visit to the Uffizi and the Palazzo Vecchio. Our guide was Mat. He had true passion of the art and for the gallery. He was highly knowledgable and gave great insights into the many works we saw. He made us feel...More

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