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Janet O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

The guides were wonderful and also entertaining. There was so much to see that I'd like to
go back for more and maybe just wander now that I have an educated window into both the Uffizi and Accademia.

Richard A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Love the small tours. You guides are fantastic. The only thing I would change is that one group was about 1/2 hour late in coming to the meeting point. We should not have waited for them. Thank you.

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Two amazing galleries in this package! Be sure to save additional time in your schedule to see more of the Uffizi gallery because there is soooo much there. Lots of walking with very knowledgeable guides. You will hear the guide better if you bring our own headset because the earbuds that are provided are not a very good quality.

JONATHAN D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This combined tour gave us two great, memorable tours in one day. Highly recommended! In the morning at the Accademia, our guide Antonio was articulate and witty, and very knowledgeable about art, especially Michelangelo. He kept us informed and entertained during the pre-entry delays. Once in the Galleries, he explained several of the major paintings and sculptures in the galleries before we entered the David Gallery. Instead of rushing us up to this magnificent sculpture, Antonio took time to describe Michelangelo's personality, beliefs and the fame he achieved during his long lifetime - this all helped interpret the unfinished Michelangelo sculptures of the Slaves, St Matthew and the Pieta that we passed on our the way to David. Again, Antonio took time to draw attention to some of the key details of this magnificent sculpture - and then he left us to admire this and other treasures in the Accademia - we were delighted by the gallery of plaster casts and the display of ancient instruments which housed, amongst other items, an early piano invented in Florence! and several violins and cellos by Stradivarius and Guaneri!.
Our Uffizi Galleries tour later in the afternoon was lead by Frederica, a charming enthusiastic art historian who was passionate about the major art-pieces she described to us as we toured the corridors and galleries of the Uffizi. There are so many to choose from, and so many highlights, but we felt the selection of key artworks was just right. Frederica's descriptions and explanations of each were excellent!
It was a delight seeing so many famous pieces and having them explained and described by such an enthusiastic, passionate art specialist.
Each of the two tours was excellent in its own right but, taken together, they provided an outstanding overview of some of the world's greatest works of art, especially when explained so ably by such knowledgeable guides. Highly recommended!

Andy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Amazing Tour!! The art will leaving you speechless. The Statue of David is a MUST SEE!!

Linda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This was definitely one of my favorites... easy to navigate and so much to see! The Accademia and Uffizi are a must -- be sure to book a tour or plan to stand in line for hours, plus the tour guides are so informative! I loved the market place with all the leather goods and wine shops! We found language was not a problem. We had been warned of pick-pockets, but think if you're aware of your belongings it's not a problem .. don't look like an easy target! Overall, would love to travel there again!

Beverly G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Excellent tour ESPECIALLY because very knowledgeable and charming guide in the afternoon, at the Uffizi!

Frances R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

We had the best tour guide ever. He really did an excellent job,.

William R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Great tour!!

M L W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

first time visiting Italy. this was the highlight of my trip. Great guides and wonderful information.

Diane N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Florence was our favourite destination and we really enjoyed our tours of both the Uffizi and Accademia. There really no words to describe David and the rest of the treasures we saw.

Ramona R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Wonderful small group tours. Excellent guide!

Sarah T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Wonderful Florence - made to come alive by our wonderful guide. I can't remember his name but he was funny- interesting and entertaining!!

Mrs. S C Reekie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Excellent guide although a little too long was spent on David making less time for anything else. Well worth skipping the line. We had the lunch too which was a great social occasion.

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Both guides were amazing and brought everything to life. The lunch before we did the ufuzzi was amazing. Will recommend Viatour to all of our friends. You are great.

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

These are two museums you do not want to miss. The skip the line feature is a real time saver and our two guide were wonderful. The guide to the Uffuzi was particularly knowledgeable, friendly and funny. It really made seeing these museums special.

Anne M C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Both on time, some queuing but not too bad. Guides were excellent

Maria B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

We were delighted to be able to Skip the Line at the Accademia and Uffizi Gallery and the guides were very informative. Will recommend it to my friends when visiting Florence.

Georgann P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Excellent tour. Both guides were very good with lots of information. It was very crowded at both places and this was a good way to get through both museums and see everything you need to. One piece of information would be helpful though because even with the skip the line you are going to have to wait in line at the Accademia. There is always a line even for groups.

Susy C Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

A great tour, with such knowledgeable guides, Federica for Accademia, and Deborah for Uffizi and Palazzo Vecchio. A must with skip the line otherwise you wait for hours.

DEBRA W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Fabulous - our tour guide added so much to the tour -- a definite must

brigid.hayes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

This seems to me to be the only way to see both of these fine buildings - the lines outside for tickets are daunting. We met first at the Accademia where our fantastic guide introduced us to the work of Michelangleo. I didn't catch his name but he was enthusiastic and knowledgable and a delight to be with. Of course the David was splendid as were the other pieces of art. Initally we were to meet at 4:30 at the Uffizi but due to an early closing we met at 2:45 - I think this might have been why it was so very crowded according to our guide. Our afternoon guide was a young woman who knew her art and passed along her enthusiasm. The pieces we viewed were wonderful, but what surprised me was the beauty of the building itself and the fabulous views. The tour also benefits from the use of audio whisperers so you can wander a bit away from the guide while still hearing him/her. Skipping the line and spending time with a guide who knows the art is well worth it.

kerryc415

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

We really enjoyed this day. The 2 tours were split so it gave us time to do our own things in the middle of the day. Our tour guide was informative and friendly.

Joseph S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

5 Stars. Tour guides were outstanding. Content and length of tours, just right. Would recommend to all first time visitors to Florence.

Sarah K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Not to be missed, this was seeing the David and the Masters work in the Uffizi will be with me for the rest of my life. Our guide was great and would do this tour again.

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