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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  90 minutes (approx.)
Skip the line at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery to witness its key masterpieces on this 1.5-hour small-group tour. Avoid the long entrance lines and, with an art-expert guide, admire paintings by masters including Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo, plus select other works. Ogle Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’, Vinci’s ‘Annunciation’ and more as your guide unpicks their meaning and the genius of their creators. Plus, visit the Uffizi's rooftop terrace to admire the splendid city views.

Enjoy a more intimate experience on this small-group tour, limited to 20 people at most.

Highlights

  • 1.5-hour small-group skip-the-line Florence Uffizi Gallery tour
  • Avoid the long entrance lines at the Uffizi and tour its highlights with an art-expert guide
  • Visit the key Renaissance rooms, hung with treasures by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli
  • Witness great works such as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation and more
  • Experience the magnificence of the museum and the masterpieces it contains
  • Visit the scenic rooftop terrace to take in wonderful city views
  • Enjoy the personalized atmosphere of a small-group tour limited to a maximum of 20 people

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What You Can Expect

Best Skip the Line: Small-Group Florence Uffizi Gallery Walking Tour

Avoid the lines for the Uffizi Gallery on a skip-the-line small-group tour

Make your own way to the Uffizi Gallery in central Florence and meet your art-expert guide. Then, with your skip-the-line ticket, bypass the long main entrance lines and walk straight inside.

One of the world’s oldest art museums, the Uffizi was built by architect Giorgio Vasari in the 16th century to house government offices. It was only later that the building was used to showcase art collected by Florence’s ruling Medici family, and not until 1769 that it was turned into a public museum.

The repository of more 1,500 works dating from Greek times to the 18th century, the core of the Uffizi is its unmissable collection of Renaissance art. Your tour concentrates on these, as your guide leads you around the highlights of the Renaissance rooms, home to great works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and others.

Enter the spectacular Botticelli Room and wonder at his The Birth of Venus and Primavera as your guide explains their composition and meaning, and the nature of Botticelli’s genius.

Then, continue to see masterpieces such as da Vinci’s breathtaking Annunciation, Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo and works by Rafael. Throughout, your guide will recount fascinating insights into the lives of the artists in question, and tell stories about the patrons who contributed to the magnificent museum.

During your tour, pay a visit to the Uffizi's rooftop terrace and soak up its gorgeous views of the Arno River, Ponte Vecchio bridge and Piazza degli Uffizi, the museum’s statue-lined inner courtyard.

Your tour ends inside the museum, leaving you free to stay and explore independently until closing time. Alternatively, exit the museum after your tour ends to explore more of Florence.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Alessia was an excellent tour guide who provided very interesting information, communicated very clearly, and encouraged engagement in the tour. She was responsive to questions and elaborated on areas of interest to participants. The Uffizi was amazing and she helped to provide context and draw out the most interesting parts of each period, artist, and painting we saw.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was outstanding. Not only was it a terrific two hours of art, but the tour guide wove a story through the Uffizi gallery, stopping to enjoy the most important and emblematic paintings throughout Italian art history. His passion for the topic was apparent. His communication style and clarity were outstanding markedly different than other tours we took in Venice, for example. He was able to easily and seamlessly accommodate my mother in law's need for a wheelchair on the whole tour. It was worth the money for this tour just to skip the line, but I left after two hours with a thread of knowledge about Italian art that I never expected, and I'm so grateful to have seen some of the iconic masterpieces in the Uffizi with so expert a guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great, knowledgable guide. Her understanding of the art added so much value. The artwork in the museum itself is amazing. Worth every cent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

parfait pour l'essentiel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We HIGHLY recommend this tour, and especially our wonderful guide, Irena. She was incredibly knowledgeable, charming and funny. She was equally talented at providing an enjoyable experience for those who do not know art, while adding knowledge and answering the questions of those who do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Very organized.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Beautiful art explained by a very knowledgeable and friendly guide Frederica.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fascinating. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us great insight into the art work and artists.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Guide was good!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very well organised and professional throughout.

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