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

Skip the Line: Florence Uffizi Gallery Tour

Skip the line at the world-famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence on a 1.5-hour walking tour. Led by an expert guide, walk among Renaissance masterpieces, learning about the history of the works and the great artists behind them. Get an up-close look at Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation, and hear the story behind the Uffizi Gallery. Upgrade your ticket to include a traditional aperitivo or dinner after your museum visit (available on Tuesdays from July to September).

Highlights

  • 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

Designed by Giorgio Vasari, the Uffizi Gallery was originally constructed for the city’s judiciary offices, but slowly filled with artwork owned by the rulers of the Medici family. After the Medici’s fall from power in the 18th century, the lavish structure was transformed into a museum, today comprising 1,500 pieces of art in 45 rooms.

Your tour will begin in front of the Uffizi Gallery in central Florence, where you’ll meet your guide. Head straight inside, bypassing the crowds and long lines with your priority access ticket. Your guide will take you to each of the museum’s highlights, stopping to admire Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, da Vinci’s Annunciation and more. Afterward, head to upper level to see masterpieces from Caravaggio.

With your choice of a morning, afternoon or evening departure, your tour will conclude after 1.5 hours. Continuing exploring the museum at your own pace if you wish, or check out the rooftop café to kick back with a refreshment (own expense).

Evening Tour with Aperitivo or Dinner Upgrade (Tuesdays only, July to September):

After feeling enriched by world-class art at the Uffizi Gallery, upgrade your ticket to top off your trip with an aperitivo or dinner. Following your tour, your guide will lead the way to a restaurant in the bustling square of Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy a traditional Florentine aperitivo, sipping on prosecco and sampling traditional Italian snacks.

For the full treatment, upgrade to experience a delicious 4-course dinner. Soak up the buzzing atmosphere of the illuminated square as you feast on Tuscan specialties like pasta and roasted pork (see the Itinerary for a sample menu), served with mineral water. (Other drinks at own expense).

Itinerary

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

Sample Dinner Menu:
Starter:
  • 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:
  • Dessert of the day
Drinks:
  • Meal served with mineral water
  • Other drinks at own expense

Customer Reviews

Marianne S

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.

Denise S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Guide was knowledgable and personable. Good information.

Diane R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful guide Elisa was exciting and knowledgeable

marshac.appel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

Neeti A

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.

Monique A

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.

Phillip A M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excelent tour guide.

Calvin G

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.

Laurrie

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.

Shannon M

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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