Skip-the-line private tour of the world's best collection of Renaissance art
The Uffizi Gallery is the most ancient museum in the world since the Medici family (who opened the gallery in the 1580s) already allowed everybody to visit it upon request more than 430 years ago. Today the gallery hosts some of the greatest masterpieces of humanity and is definitely a "must see" to understand the evolution of Italian and European art from Middle Ages to Baroque.
Together we are going to discover the world's best collection of Renaissance works, including the only picture Michelangelo ever painted on wood, the unique Mythologies by Sandro Botticelli (the very heart of the Florentine Renaissance) and the first picture ever painted by Leonardo da Vinci.
We'll talk about the history, the iconography, the symbols, the technique of painting of each of the highlights of the collection, but we'll also go into the less known aspects of the masters' life and personality as well as the juicy anecdotes behind the scenes of the paintings.
After the Middle Ages section, with a focus on the Florentine and Sienese school (Cimabue, Giotto, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Simone Martini), we will enter the spirit of the Florentine and Italian Renaissance through the masterpieces of Piero della Francesca, Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. A short break at the cafeteria on the terrace is planned in the middle of the tour, then we will explore the art of geniuses like Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio.
This is just a proposal, a customized itinerary can be agreed before the tour based on your personal taste.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: In front of the Neptune fountain in piazza della Signoria. Please note that other meeting points will shorten the time spent in the museum.
End location: Inside the Uffizi Gallery so that you can explore it further after the tour.
Duration: 2 hours
- Tour given by an expert licensed guide
- Booking of skip-the-line tickets to the museum
- Adjustment to schedule and itinerary to your interests (if you are interested in a particular period or work(s) of art please specify this at booking).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 EUR - - Skip-the-line ticket entrance (24 EUR per adult, 4 EUR for under 18 with ID)
- A snack and a drink
Cost of skip-the-line ticket (24 EUR per adult, 4 EUR per under 18 with ID) plus personal expenses (snack, drink, souvenirs)
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Stefano T is a very well educated guide who speaks english clearly (and 5 other languages). He has degrees in history and art history, and is well versed in Italian art. He is patient, personable, and flexible. Our group of 4 was an hour late for a 2-hour tour because of a freeway accident, and he was gracious in accommodating us. His descriptions of works in the Uffizi provided a needed context. He told entertaining stories. He fielded all kinds of questions, and really was knowledgeable about Italy.