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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

Skip the Line: Florence Uffizi Gallery Tour

See the best of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery on a 1.5-hour walking tour, led by an art-expert guide. Avoid the long main entrance lines with a skip-the-line ticket and experience the world-famous gallery’s Renaissance highlights and architecture. Marvel at treasures including Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Annunciation’ and Michelangelo’s ‘Doni Tondo,’ and hear the history of the magnificent building. Select a morning or afternoon tour, or choose an evening tour and, if you wish, upgrade it to include a classic Italian aperitivo or dinner after your gallery visit (upgrade available Tuesdays only, July to September).


  • 1.5-hour skip-the-line tour of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, with an art-expert guide
  • View the highlights of the iconic gallery and learn about its history
  • Hear tales of Renaissance artists such as Giotto and Leonardo da Vinci
  • See Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Caravaggio’s Bacchus
  • Learn about Florence's medieval Medici family, whose rulers nurtured the great artists of the day
  • Choose an afternoon tour (all year round), morning tour (May to October only) or evening tour (July to September only)
  • Select an evening tour and opt to include an Italian aperitivo or 4-course dinner after your gallery visit (available Tuesdays only July to September)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Be fascinated with this walking tour in one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the western world!

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Florence Uffizi Gallery Tour

See works by masters such as Botticelli on this skip-the-line Uffizi tour

Choose from a morning, afternoon or evening tour when you book, and then meet your guide at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery ready for your 1.5-hour tour.

Use your skip-the-line ticket to avoid the long main entrance lines and head inside the world-famous gallery. Your tour will concentrate on the highlights of its collection, made up of 1,500 pieces of artwork in 45 rooms.

Designed by Giorgio Vasari, the Uffizi was originally built to house Florence’s judiciary offices, but was gradually filled with art by the Medici family, the city’s medieval rulers. After they lost power in the 18th century, the palace became a museum.

The Uffizi is famed for its glorious Renaissance artworks, and your guide will take you to the most interesting galleries. Admire treasures by Giotto and visit halls dedicated to Michelangelo, da Vinci, Caravaggio and Raphael, all masters of their time.

 Learn about works such as da Vinci’s Annunciation and Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo and explore the gallery's upper level, home to masterpieces by Caravaggio.

After around 1.5 hours, your tour ends inside the gallery. You're then free to leave or stay on to explore independently. On a morning or afternoon tour, you can also visit the Uffizi’s rooftop café for refreshments (own expense).

Evening Tour with Aperitivo or Dinner Upgrade (Tuesdays only, July to September):
If you’ve chosen an evening tour of the Uffizi Gallery, why not upgrade to enjoy an aperitivo or dinner afterward? When your tour ends, follow your guide to a restaurant in nearby Piazza della Signoria, one of the world’s most beautiful squares.

Then, say farewell to your guide and savor a classic Italian aperitivo. Sip on a drink such as a glass of prosecco and enjoy snacks such as focaccine (Italian scones).

Alternatively, upgrade to enjoy a delicious 4-course dinner. Gaze over the illuminated square as you enjoy dishes such as pasta and roasted pork (see the Itinerary for a sample menu), served with mineral water. (Other drinks at own expense).

After relaxing over dinner, make your own way back to your hotel.


Sample Aperitivo Menu:
  • Glass of prosecco or soda served with snacks such as cheese, fruit, crackers and scones

Sample Dinner Menu:
  • Bruschetta al pomodoro e basilica (grilled bread topped with tomatoes, basil and garlic)
First Course:
  • Rigatoni alla Fiorentina (rigatoni pasta Florentine style) and tortelloni alla crema di asparagi (tortelloni pasta with cream of asparagus sauce)
Second course:
  • Steccata di suino (roast pork with roast potatoes and mixed salad)
  • Dessert of the day
  • Meal served with mineral water
  • Other drinks at own expense

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a fantastic well informed guide. it was a small group so we were able to cover a few more paintings. i really appreciate the painting on the 2nd floor that she suggest we see on our own after the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Guide was knowledgable and personable. Good information.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful guide Elisa was exciting and knowledgeable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Marco was terrific, and constantly making sure everyone could hear him well. Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour- just what we needed in the limited time w ehad there. Our guide, Marcello, was a fountain of knowledge and ensured we got the best view of all the painitngs, explaining the pictures as well as the history of Florence.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We truly enjoyed this tour. Everything was very well organized. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. Would definitely recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excelent tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We went early Sep 2015. Our payment was for a late day small group private tour,then a dinner afterwards in the square. A huge U shaped building allows much to see, simply stunning artwork. Another great guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

very glad we skipped the line as we were able to get in to the museum quickly. the Uffizi museum is as good as it gets. no false hype here. great tour and cannot do Florence without visiting the Uffizi.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

What a treat to skip the line at such a crowded museum. We had a fantastic tour guide who was full of knowledge and had a great sense of humor. It was a particularly hot day, so it was nice to keep the tour moving from room to room, since only some of the rooms were air conditioned, but we definitely got a great sense of the many beautiful works of art on display.

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