Our tour guide was outstanding. She is a PhD in art history and took us though renaissance art and the accompanying history of the region as seen through the Uffizi gallery collection. The Vasari Corridor was great since there were no crowds only our group and our guide sent us though the local history with stories of the many portraits in the gallery. Best art museum tour I have ever been on!
Absolutely spectacular... although for the price, perhaps I could have had juice AND coffee or tea at the breakfast, which was two baskets of fairly nice pastries... and maybe a few more pastries could be offered. Also, let people know that breakfast is two hours into the tour. We were starved and could have eaten something at our hotel's free buffet. The guide, Mario, was great and the early access, plus knowing the corridor will be closed and the art work in it moved to the
Pitti Palace made this all the better. So glad we did it!
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.
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.
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!
Guiana was fabulous, knowledgeable and funny! She answered all of our guestions and could not have been more accomadating to all.
Uffizi Gallery was fantastic! Plus, once in a lifetime walk on the Vasari Corridor with marvelous paintings.
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.
Our guide Elisa was great. Good sense of humor. Told an excellent story. Thanks.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Brilliant tour of the Gallery and the Vasari Corridor. Not to be missed if you are in Florence.
Really well organized tour with a knowledgeable guide. Small group allows getting close enough to see paintings.
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.
Was fantastic, great guide called Barbara. very informative and lovely sense of humor, a wonderful experience