Let’s face it, we’re all a little weird about crowds these days and there is a great reason why. We’ve all been through a pandemic! For many, it won’t deter of from traveling, but that doesn’t mean we want to be shoulder to shoulder in groups. That said, you’re still going to want to visit the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia, and other attractions in Florence. Here are the best private tours in Florence and why you should take them.
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The Absolute BEST Private Tours to Take in Florence
Private tours offer a lot of benefits that make them downright better. You have a more personal experience with the guide and get more input on the narrative. Want to interrupt and ask a question – go ahead because it is your tour to be in control of! The downside is they obviously cost more than a small group tour. That said, we’ll be sure to let you know when a small group tour might be a good alternative to save money.
Private Uffizi Tours
If you are unfamiliar, the Uffizi was originally built to be the offices of the Medici family and is directly connected to the Palazzo Signoria (Palazzo Vecchio) which is the seat of government in Florence. The gallery is one of the world’s first public museums opening its doors as early as 1765. The Gallery was donated by the last Medici heir in 1737 under a pact that the works of art could never leave the city.
Today, it is one of the most popular museums in Europe. The Uffizi is also one of the greatest collections of Renaissance art the world knows. Joining a private guide will bring shock and awe to your face as they walk through a Renaissance timeline that evolves from painting to painting.
While small group Uffizi tours are a great value and by far our most popular tour in Florence, a private tour of the Uffizi is something you should definitely consider if you want to really dig into the gallery with a passionate knowledgeable guide of Florence.
- How to Visit the Uffizi
- Top Things to See at the Uffizi
- Private Uffizi Gallery Tour
- Small Group Uffizi Gallery Tour
Private Accademia Tours
Galleria Accademia in Florence, most often referred to simply as Accademia, is the home to Michelangelo’s David which is one of the greatest sculptures ever created. Accademia is small with some other things to see, but not to the likes of the Uffizi Gallery, Vatican Museums, or the Louvre.
That said, the Gallery definitely warrants a tour but is usually a 45 min to 1-hour portion of a larger walking tour of Florence’s best attractions. Our Private Florence Walking Tour is easily the best way to acclimate yourself to the city and is run by some of Florence’s greatest and most sought-after guides.
While the private tour is an overall better experience, we run the exact same format tour in a small group and it is run by the very same guides which makes it excellent value. Another interesting option is our small group Accademia tour at night which offers fewer crowds! Definitely take a look at either tour and our other resources on Accademia.
- How to Visit Accademia Gallery & David
- Top Things to See at Accademia in Florence
- Private Florence Walking Tour with David
- Small Group Florence Walking Tour with David
Private Tours to Tuscany & Wine Country
For me, it would be a hard choice to decide between seeing Tuscany’s wine country and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. One depicts the creation of man by God and the other depicts what man can create in collaboration with God. Religious or not, it is something special to see that will make you question how such beauty exists.
Due to transportation costs, private tours of Tuscany tend to be pricey. That said, if it’s split between a few people they start becoming great value and fun. Regardless, we offer both small group and private tours of Tuscany that dive deep into the wine country.
For private tours & experiences, we have a tour that departs from Florence visiting an amazing organic vineyard in Chianti, Siena, and another small bucolic village in Tuscany. There is a ton included which you can read about in our Private Wine Day in the Chianti Hills from Florence. We offer another very similar tour as a small group if you’re looking for more value for your money.
If you want to avoid too much time in a car, we run a helicopter wine tour from Rome which is also available from Florence by request. It is the ultimate option for anyone who doesn’t want to get car sick and has some extra money to spare!
There is also a small group tour to Tuscany by Vespa which is highly rated. That said, you need to be prepared to ride a scooter!
- Guide to Visiting Tuscany
- Private Wine Tour of Chianti Hills from Florence
- Tuscany Wine Tour by Vespa from Florence
- Helicopter Tuscan Wine Day from Rome
- Small Group Tuscany Wine Tour from Florence with Siena & Chianti
- All Food & Wine Tours From Florence
- Food & Wine Tour from Rome
Private Food Tours
A food tour is something that I will always recommend as a small-group experience. Much of the draw is socializing with others! Our flagship food tour is our Florence “Locals” Food tour in Santo Spirito. Definitely check it out along with our other food & wine experiences in Florence.
Private Tour to the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Pisa is a truly unique experience with a lot to talk about which is why we recommend a private tour! Your guide will get into the details of why the tower is leaning and what officials are doing to keep it from falling. The tower is only one of many attractions in the area that you’ll explore.
If you are looking to get better value check out our small group version which does not explore Vinci. That said, it goes to the walled town of Lucca which is quite the experience.