First opened to visitors in 1591, the Uffizi Gallery is one of the world’s oldest museums. Covering an area of some 86 000 square feet, it also happens to be one of the biggest. And just in case that weren’t a compelling enough reason to visit, this gallery houses the best collection of Renaissance art in all of Italy!
All of that can make the Uffizi Gallery pretty overwhelming. Luckily, the paintings are arranged in chronological order which means you feel like you’re traveling through time, tracing the world’s most important artistic movements as they happened.
Your expert guide will walk you through this incredible museum, teaching you to distinguish different styles in different ages, so you can see how techniques developed over the centuries and how the Renaissance changed everything.
Discover masterpieces by greats like Cimabue, Duccio and Giotto. Gaze at the real Renaissance classics, including, perhaps, most famous of all, Botticelli’s ‘Primavera’ and ‘The Birth of Venus’. Learn about the legacy the painters of this particular era left by exploring later pieces by Titian and Caravaggio. It all adds up to more than just an Uffizi tour, it’s a voyage through time!
Uffizi tickets are (quite understandably) in high demand and during busy seasons in particular, general access lines can stretch for hours. You don’t need to worry about any of that though, because we’ve pre-reserved your tickets, so your entrance line is separate from the general line. Using the first entry time, we also get you in before most visitors, to explore the galleries before they become crowded.
With small groups of only 15 people or fewer throughout, you’ll find it easy to hear your guide and to ask all the questions you can think of, creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.. You can also count on the quality of our tour guides, hand-picked for their knowledge, passion, enthusiasm and their fun factor.
The history of Palazzo Vecchio is the history of Florence. For centuries this was the home of power, government and art in Florence. Built by the same man who created the Duomo, both Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were commissioned to paint murals here, in the phenomenal Council of 500. Neither completed the task (and Leonardo learned an important lesson about painting with wax) but the frescoes and ceiling panels here are still an incredible sight.
As well as beautiful art, you’ll encounter the most fascinating of Florentine history at Palazzo Vecchio, including the story of the Medici, who abandoned this palace for the Pitti Palace in a bold statement and commissioned the building of the Vasari Corridor all the way from here to their new home.