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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:Varies
Explore Florence’s two must-visit art museums – the Accademia and Uffizi galleries – on this Florence combo tour! Start with a morning skip-the-line access and guided tour of the Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) to see Michelangelo’s statue of 'David' as well as other treasures, and then spend four hours at leisure (or select the option that includes lunch), either roaming the rooms of the gallery or strolling around the city before your next tour. In the afternoon, skip the lines of the Uffizi Gallery, and explore it on a walking tour. Learn about the famous Renaissance artists of Italy and see highlights like Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Annunciation.’

Highlights

  • Italy combo: skip-the-line and guided tours of Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery in Florence
  • Take a morning walking tour of the Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia)
  • See the original statue of David by Michelangelo plus his unfinished Prigioni sculpture
  • Learn about the history of the Uffizi Gallery on an afternoon walking tour
  • Admire masterpieces like Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation and Caravaggio’s Bacchus
  • See the famous Birth of Venus and the Leonardo Room

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour

Visit the Accademia and Uffizi galleries!

Accademia Gallery (1 hour and 15 minutes):
Start outside the Accademia Gallery at 11:30am, and then head past the entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket and guide. As you walk, listen to stories about the bounty of artwork contained inside the gallery's walls. Works by Michelangelo are given pride of place, and your guide’s commentary focuses on the artist. Admire his unfinished sculptures – Prigioni and San Matteo – and then gaze in awe at the statue of David that dominates the central gallery.

Created by Michelangelo when he was just in his twenties, David was sculpted just after he carved La Pietà. Made from local Carrara marble, the statue of the nude biblical hero is incredible with life-like muscles carved to precision. Explore rooms that showcase works by Botticelli and Lippi, and learn about the characteristics of Renaissance art that are prevalent throughout the gallery.

After your tour finishes, spend four hours at leisure or you can choose to end this part of the tour with lunch at a restaurant in the town center (optional). Remain inside the gallery if you wish.

Uffizi Gallery (1 hour and 30 minutes):
Meet your guide at 4:30pm and head inside with your skip-the-line ticket, and start exploring the gallery’s treasure trove of art. Housed in a large horseshoe-shaped building, the Uffizi Gallery’s history is as fascinating to hear about as the works inside it. Built as Florence’s judiciary offices, the palace was decorated with fine art by the ruling Medici family. After their dynasty fell in the 18th century, the palace was opened to the public and has remained popular ever since.

Like the Accademia Gallery, the Uffizi Gallery’s claim to fame is its wealth of Renaissance artwork, and your guide will talk you through its most interesting rooms. Admire early Renaissance treasures by Giotto, and then stroll through halls dedicated to Michelangelo, da Vinci, Caravaggio and Raphael – artists regarded as masters of their time. Learn about highlights like da Vinci’s Annunciation and Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, and then explore the gallery’s upper level to see Caravaggio’s works.

Your tour finishes inside the gallery, but you can stay inside for another hour to browse the art independently.

Itinerary

Sample Light Lunch Menu:
  • Toasted bread with tomato. 2 First courses; Macaroni with Bolognese sauce (or tomato and basil sauce as vegetarian option) Penne with pesto sauce
  • Homemade dessert or cofee
  • Water and glass of wine (Chianti or Trebbiano)

Children Menu:

  • 2 First courses; Macaroni with Bolognese sauce (or tomato and basil sauce as vegetarian option) - Penne with pesto sauce
  • Homemade dessert or Ice-cream
  • Water or orange juice
Please note: Children menu will be paid at the restaurant directly.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very knowledgeable art historians as guides. Excellent tour of the best works.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great guide, very knowledgeable and friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful tours of beautiful galleries. We enjoyed having free time between to grab lunch, shop, and explore more of the city. David, at the Accademia, exceeds expectations as does Birth of Venus at Uffizi!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent in every way. It was easy to find the group when we arrived at the designated meeting place and both of the tour guides were wonderful!!! We were able to by pass the long lines to get into the museums and the sound system allowed us to hear everything that our guides were telling us. These tours made our trip even more wonderful! I would recommend these tours to anyone visiting Florence.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Meeting was good and the guides excellent for both. They are must do activities. The tours are pretty short so do them over two days so that you can stay in the galleries after the tour. Each gallery could easily take a day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Nice that it was broken up so there was time to enjoy Florence for lunch and shopping. It would be too much to do both museums back to back. The guides were fun and educational. The skip the line was definitely quick at the Uffizi at the Academia, it was about 75 minutes, but the other line of people who did not reserve there was a wait of about 3-4 hours.Great way to get a taste and understand and see the masterpieces like the David.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

So much to see but so beautiful!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent guide. Really enjoyed tours. David is a must see!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A definite must if you want to see the highlights of the museums in the most efficient manner.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent guides who were very knowledgeable and a great lunch included

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