Skip the line Uffizi Gallery Tour
Witness some of Florence's best Renaissance artwork with a passionate art historian
A solo visit to the Uffizi Gallery can mean long lines and a lacking experience. Luckily on this guided tour, you can skip the lines and make the most out of this iconic museum with an expert art historian.
- Piazza Della Signoria
- The "Uffizi" of the Medici
- Laocoön and His Sons
- Leonardo Da Vinci
- Beautiful Views
- Classical Statues
Art lovers, history buffs and travelers hungry for knowledge can enjoy this Uffizi Gallery Tour. Step inside a beautiful historical museum that used to serve as the offices of Florentine magistrates in the sixteenth century. The Uffizi Gallery is filled with timeless pieces from the stars of the Italian Renaissance. Botticelli, Caravaggio and Michelangelo are only the start to the list. Discover some of Italy’s most precious artwork located in a royal museum overlooking the Arno River. This 2-hour tour includes:
- - Skip the line Uffizi tickets
- - English-speaking guide with expertise in art history
- - Maximum group size of 16
- - Guided tour of the masterpieces inside the Uffizi
History of the Uffizi
The first Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo de’ Medici ordered for the construction of the Uffizi in 1560 to house judiciary offices in Florence. At the time, the Medici family basically ruled Florence, operating as powerful bankers, politicians and socialites. As the wealthiest family that Florence has ever seen, they were able to commission many of the great works of art you’ll see within the museum.
Botticelli's Birth of Venus
Sandro Botticelli is without a doubt one of the stars of the show in the Uffizi Gallery. His two most famous artworks, La Primavera and The Birth of Venus attract thousands of people to the Uffizi Gallery each day. La Primavera has often been called one of the most controversial paintings in the world. Its joyful portrayal of the arrival of spring becomes eerie compared to its darker oppressive undertones. Explore one of Botticelli’s more uplifting works, The Birth of Venus, depicting goddess Venus emerging from a clamshell on a beautiful shore.
Examine Caravaggio’s shading skills with his renowned painting, Medusa. Portraying an irritable woman with snakes for her hair, Medusa is one of the most famous artworks inside of the museum. The painting is known to introduce Caravaggio’s balance of light and dark.
Michelangelo’s Holy Family
Michelangelo created his Holy Family or Doni Tondo during the same time as sculpting his famous David statue. When studying the Holy Family, it’s easy to draw the connection between this painting and the frescoes inside of the Sistine Chapel. Many art historians have praised the Doni Tondo for its beautiful colors, especially the bright blue of Mary’s skirt. The painting portrays Mary passing baby Jesus onto Joseph.
These are just a few of the many astounding works of art you will get to see on this eye-opening Uffizi tour. Let your expert guide lead the way and explore the highlights and hidden treasures of Florence’s premier art museum.
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Skip the Line Uffizi Gallery Tour
My wife and I have been to Florence, Italy many times over the past 46 years and really enjoyed our vist last October with The Roman Guy Tour Company. The Skip the Line was the best tour we ever had with very detailed information given.
Ended up with a private tour!
We actually got a private tour since there weren't any others booked on this one - and Alessi was FANTASTIC. She knew how to professionally navigate a potentially overwhelming museum and show us just the right amount of highlights. And she was so engaging with very interesting and entertaining stories. Unless you are an art historian yourself, I would highly recommend a tour like this to get the full experience and appreciation for the art and the gallery itself.
The artwork in this museums is absolutely breathtaking. I never thought I would enjoy art as much as I did, but my guide gave us such interesting information about the artists and their inspiration. It was hard not be enchanted every minute! If you go to Florence and don't do this tour, you are really missing out.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
• Piazza della Signoria, in the center of the square, at the Equestrian Statue of Cosimo I. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.
What to bring?
As this is a walking tour, wear comfortable shoes. Avoid bringing large bags, as the Uffizi requires you to check them. And finally, the Uffizi does not allow visitors to bring liquids into the museum, so do not bring water bottles. Baby bottles or medicine liquids are acceptable.
Q: What if the museum closes something?
A: Sometimes the museum closes certain areas for restoration. If a painting listed above is not available, we will make sure to show something else that is equally as awesome!
Q: Does the tour always skip the line?
A: Yes, the long line is for people waiting to buy tickets. We still enter a shorter security line, but that's it.
Q: What should I bring?
A: A sense of curiosity and comfortable shoes. Avoid bringing large bags, both the Uffizi and Accademia require you to check them. And finally, the Uffizi does not allow visitors to bring liquids inside the museum, so do not bring water bottles. Baby bottles or medicine liquids are acceptable.