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Jackie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Excellent, Mario was very informative and passionate

Lesleyanne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

This is a real hidden gem in Florence. Many visit the Uffizi without realizing there is a kilometre long corridor lined with art connecting the museum to the palace across the river. You don't have to be a big art lover to be very impressed with the art that lines these walls and include the world's largest collection of self-portraits. Our guide, Sara, was magnificent. She noted that there were rumours the corridor might be opened to the public but that would mean the art would have to be removed and we all agreed that this would be a travesty. This is worth the cost and small, limited groups mean they can keep the art safe we were accompanied by employees to make sure we didn't touch the art.

Ian Alexander P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

What was the guide's name? Veronica? Allisandra?
I only know she was excellent - providing a highlighted sense of the Uffizi while bringing the Corridor to life. I wasn't yet in tourist mode so didn't think until it was over that she should have been tipped. Sometimes we're a slave to our culture... If you're reading this, I apologise.

I'd read my Vasari before the holiday, but it's not enough: the Uffizi is like the Louvre - if you like art you could spend months in there. When I return to Florence I'm certainly going to look for a longer, specific tour.

Paradoxically, the combined tour is too much and not enough. I felt 'art-bombed' even as we were moved steadily on past artworks that I could almost name, towards something equally familiar.
My only regret is that by taking the tour, I didn't get a chance to visit the Uffizi Bookshop...and the rooftop cafe. If the tour allowed a gelato-break, I would certainly demand 6 stars!

I've heard that the Corridor might be changing - at least the content might as it's not properly climate controlled. As the paintings are a unique collection of artists portraits, I fully recommend a visit before it's turned into a 'sculpture tour'.
Mind you, it's not as though Florentine Sculpture is actually bad. Kind of jaw dropping actually.

Expensive? Yes. And worth every Euro.

Darren T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Good tour and a great guide. Would highly recommend.

Elsa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Me and my 16 year old son took this tour and loved it. Our guide, Sibila, explained the history and particularities of the pieces and places in a very interesting way. We took it as soon as we arrived in Florence so it was a great introduction to what we were going to enjoy in that Wonderful city. We strongly recommend it!

Deborah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Tour was fantastic, tour guide great, fully recommend it!

Janice C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Guiana was fabulous, knowledgeable and funny! She answered all of our guestions and could not have been more accomadating to all.

Adrienne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Uffizi Gallery was fantastic! Plus, once in a lifetime walk on the Vasari Corridor with marvelous paintings.

Pauline W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Excellent tour with a most interesting and knowledgeable guide.

kmy888

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Fantastic Tour - very happy we were able to see this.

Susan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Terrific tour with our very knowledgeable guide Sara, who is a professor in art history. She escorted us through key works and rooms and works in the Uffizi and then into the Vasari Corridor. While the whole concept of the corridor and being able to walk it is a treat in itself, so too are many of the artworks including the huge collection of artist self portraits. These span centuries including some more modern ones by Marc Chagall, Joseph Beuys and Robert Rauchenberg. This tour was one of the best things we did in Florence.

J L C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Our guide Elisa was great. Good sense of humor. Told an excellent story. Thanks.

J A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Amazing, informative, so interesting. The guide was great. I learnt so much about artworks that I did not know. A highlight of our holiday. A must do

ROBERT S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Our guide was EXCELLENT! Everything ran like clockwork.She was well versed in the art and entertaining in her explanations. I strongly suggest this tour.

anna v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Our tour guide, Mario was absolutely contagious with excitement and knowledge about the arts and how we can appreciate it more. The vasari Corridor was somehting exceptional and much expertience. The crowds at Ufizi are overwhelming and to have access to the Corridor, behind the closed doors is a great escape.

Janice B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Frederica was so knowledgable on art, history and architecture. We visited the Piazza first and the the Uffuzi gallery. She gave us a highlight tour but with great detail. This was a great way to do such a large gallery. We stopped for a light breakfast tea and croissant where we got to know each other better. Then to the Vasari corridor too see how the Medici's traveled from the Pitti palace to the city offices. She talked about art, politics, history, and family trees, and many other things. We learned so much and felt lucky to get into such a unique space.

Amanda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Mario did a great job of explaining the stylistic changes in art in Florence. It was a great way to look through such a vast collection by focusing of pieces of art that were exemplary of these changes. It was nice to have a reserved seated coffee break in the middle of the tour. I loved the Vasarai Corridor...what an incredible collection of artists self portraits through the years.

Sally S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Barbara our guide was incredibly knowledgable and made the tour one of the best things we did in Florence. We would definitely recommend this to others.

Marichu M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Our guide Katerina was knowledgeable and engaging and we truly enjoyed our tour. The Vasari Corridor was a true privilege to see! I highly recommend this tour!

Jeanette H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Brilliant tour of the Gallery and the Vasari Corridor. Not to be missed if you are in Florence.

Ronald B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Really well organized tour with a knowledgeable guide. Small group allows getting close enough to see paintings.

Yuka F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

We had a wonderful time at the Uffizi Gallery. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgable. The Vasari corridor makes this tour even more special! Highly recommended for art lovers.

Catherine T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Was fantastic, great guide called Barbara. very informative and lovely sense of humor, a wonderful experience

J_R USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Florence is a magical place as it is, but the tour we ad at the Uffizi was fantastic. Our tour guide Ms.Sara Fabbri was just wonderful. Her passion for the arts was infectious. You could tell she really had a love for the masterpieces at the Uffizi and she shared it. It was an honor to have the time of this guide. Take the tour, it is a wonder of Florence.

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Fantastic experience well worth the time and money. Our guide, Mario Gesu was superb He was articulate, entertaining and engaging for the entire 4 hours of the tour including breakfast at the gallery - he really brought the tour to life in a well paced and balanced manner. Our group ranged from 9 yrs to 80 years old and we never felt rushed or hurried. Getting in to the Uffizi Gallery as it opened and then a veritable private tour of the Vasari Corridor and it's beautiful art collection and views were a wonderful treat.

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