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Uffizi Gallery

Building of the palace was commenced in 1560 by Giorgio Vasari for Cosimo I de' Medici as the offices for the Florentine magistrates - hence the name uffizi, meaning offices. Construction work endedin 1581.

Over the years, parts of the palace evolved into a storage place of many works of art collected by the Medici family. After the decline of the Medici, the art treasures remained in Florence, forming one of the first modern museums. The gallery had been open to visitors on request since the 16th century and in 1765 it was officially opened to the public.

Because of the its huge collection, some of its works have in the past been transferred to other museums in Florence, such as some famous statues to the Bargello.

Accademia Gallery

The Accademia dell' Arte del Disegno (Academy of Design) of Florence was the first academy of drawing in Europe. It was founded in 1561 with patronage of the Medici and artworks by Giorgio Vasari, Agnolo Bronzino and Bartolommeo.

Pietro Leopoldo, Grand Duke of Tuscany, decreed in 1784 that all the schools of drawing in Florence be combined under one roof, under the direction of the Accademia, now renamed Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) and that it was to contain a gallery of paintings by old masters to help the studies of the young artists. The Accademia, and the adjoining Gallery still occupy the premises that were assigned in via Ricasoli, a former convent and hospice. The Grand Duke also decided to include among the arts protected in this way, a conservatory of music (the Cherubini Conservatory) and, more extraordinary, a school of art restoration.

The Accademia Gallery has housed the original David of Michelangelo since 1873. The sculpture was allegedly brought to the Accademia for reasons of conservation, although other factors were involved in its move from its previous outdoor location on Piazza della Signoria. The original intention was to create a 'Michelangelo museum', with original sculptures and drawings, to celebrate the fourth centenary of the artist's birth.

Among the notable renaissance works on display are an outstanding collection of 15th and 16th century Florentine paintings by Paolo Uccello, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli and Andrea del Sarto and, from the High Renaissance, Giambologna's original plaster for the Rape of the Sabine Women. As well as a number of Florentine Gothic paintings, the gallery houses the idiosyncratic collection of Russian icons assembled by the Grand Dukes of the House of Lorraine, of which Leopoldo was one.

 

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Great Art Tours in Florence

Our experienced multilingual guides will help you to discover the treasures of two of the most famous and important museums in the world.

They will take you back in time, on an animated journey through the history and art of Florence, in order to reveal secrets and tales linked to the artworks of the greatest Renaissance artists.

Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum.

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Fast-track your visit to the world-famous Uffizi Gallery, and jump the queue. Select from our scheduled and private tours or just by our fast access tickets

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$28pp

Gallery Tickets

Book your tours ahead of time to take advantage of jumping the queue.

By pre-booking this Uffizi Gallery ticket you can avoid the long lines (which can take over two hours!) to enter the Gallery. The ticket includes standard entrance price plus fast-track access fee.

Here are te 4 standard options for individuals and small groups. For larger groups we advise a private guide. Please fill out the inquiry form above.

 

Skip the Line: Gallery Tickets

Cost: $28.00 pp

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If you'd like to visit the Uffizi Gallery without a guide, pre-book and skip the long entrance queues! Your Uffizi Gallery ticket will be pre-booked and pre-paid, for fast, hassle-free entry.

 

Skip the Line: Gallery Tour

Duration: 1 1/2hrs

Cost: $38.00 pp

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Accompanied by an expert guide, you will admire superb paintings by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giotto, Cimabue and Masaccio. The famous Uffizi Gallery occupies the top floor of an impressive building erected by Giorgio Vasari between 1560 and 1580.

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Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour

Duration: 2 3/4hrs

Cost: $67.00 pp

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In the morning, meet at the entrance to Accademia Gallery (11:15am). You'll skip the line and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Michelangelo in no time at all! Prepare to be amazed when you see Michelangelo's world-famous statue of David! Also see other important works by Michelangelo including Prigioni and San Matteo too. The duration is 1 hour 15 minutes.

In the afternoon, let your expert guide lead you through the special skip the line entrance at the Uffizi Gallery (4:30pm). The museum occupies the top floor of an impressive building erected by Giorgio Vasari between 1560 and 1580. Admire the superb paintings of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue and Masaccio. The duration is 1 hour 30 minutes.

All entrance fees to the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery are included in the tour price.

Special Offer - When you book this tour of the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries you are guaranteed to save over 10% compared to booking the two galleries separately - BOOK NOW!

 

Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor Walking Tour

Duration: 3hrs

Cost: $113.00 pp

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Calling all art lovers! With limited time in Florence, skip the line for a guided walking tour through the Uffizi Gallery before gaining exclusive access to a collection of portraits and paintings housed in the Vasari Corridor.

You will begin you 1.5-hour tour through the gallery’s main rooms. From the inside of the Uffizi Gallery, doors leading to the Vasari Corridor will be opened exclusively for your tour group (maximum 25 people). A private walk along the Vasari Corridor will take you back to the times of the Medici, when Cosimo and his wife, Eleonora, walked along their private corridor, from one side of Florence to the other, observing the crowd below.

Built above the Ponte Vecchio, the passageway dates back to 1564 and stretches almost a mile between Palazzo Pitti, over the Arno to Palazzo della Signoria. It was Cosimo I  who first summoned the architect Giorgio Vasari to build such a path for the royal family.

Hidden between city houses and even passing through a church, the Vasari Corridor has evolved as one of the most astounding architectural masterpieces of the Renaissance. The corridor is rarely open to the public, so take advantage of this unique opportunity to view Florence and its artistic pleasures on this exclusive walking tour.

Original David

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After skipping the line admire 'David', and other pieces such as 'I Prigioni' and 'San Matteo'. All tickets and tours include fast track entry tickets

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$28pp

 

Gallery Tickets

Book your tours ahead of time to take advantage of jumping the queue.

Skip the long entrance queues to one of the most famous picture galleries in the world! If you'd like to visit the Accademia Gallery without a guide, pre-book and pre-pay your Accademia Gallery tickets for a fast, hassle-free entry.

Here are te 3 standard options for individuals and small groups. For larger groups we advise a private guide. Please fill out the inquiry form above.

 

Skip the Line: Gallery Tickets

Cost: $28.00 pp

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After skipping the line, you can explore the Accademia Gallery, at your leisure. Marvel at epic artworks by renown artists, the most renown being  Michelangelo. You'll admire his most famous work, 'David', and other pieces such as 'I Prigioni' and 'San Matteo'.

 

Skip the Line: Accademia Gallery Tour

Duration: 1 1/2hrs

Cost: $38.00 pp

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To request a private guide use the above Inquiry Form

You'll become immersed in the fascinating world of Michelangelo as your expert guide leads you through the Accademia Gallery, and shares stories about the famous artists and artworks. Prepare to be amazed when you see the highlight of this tour: Michelangelo's world-famous statue of David!

 

Skip the Line: Florence Renaissance Walking Tour with Accademia Gallery

Duration: 2 3/4hrs

Cost: $49.00 pp

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Combine a walking tour of Florence with a guided visit to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's famous statue of David. By booking your guided tour of the Accademia Gallery ahead of time you'll jump the queue. Why waste time waiting in lines on vacation?!

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Your guided walking tour takes you through the streets and piazzas of Florence. You'll see the Ponte Vecchio and learn the history of the oldest surviving bridge crossing the River Arno. After admiring Vasari's Corridor, you'll enter the Piazza della Signoria, Dante's old neighborhood. Next, you'll encounter a series of breathtaking examples of Renaissance architecture before arriving at the cathedral to admire Brunelleschi's dome, Giotto's bell tower and Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise at the baptistery.

Along the way, your expert guide will discuss the rich history of the Renaissance. You'll hear tales about the lives of the famous artists, as well as the notorious Medici family who financed the Renaissance movement, and you’ll learn how life changed forever during this epic period.

Accademia Gallery
After taking a fascinating walking tour of Florence, you will skip the line at the famous Accademia Gallery to see the most treasured work of art in the whole of Florence – Michelangelo's sculpture of David.

After enjoying an in-depth discussion of David, you will also have time to see Michelangelo's Slaves, writhing captives in stone who appear to struggle to free themselves from their imprisoning blocks of marble.

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Art and Lunch

Discovering Florence, guided by an art historian born and bred in the heart of the city, who will accompany you along surprising artistic itineraries. Followed by lunch with a food expert.

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10:00am-12:30 pm. Walks and visits to some of the symbolic sites of the city, to discover that at times the renaissance Florentine artistic culture was closely connected with the gastronomic culture, the taste for conviviality and good food.

12:30pm – 3.00 pm The itinerary ends in a typical Florentine palace of the city centre, situated between piazza Santa Maria Novella and via de’ Tornabuoni. Here guests may relax while trying some typical dishes of the great Italian culinary tradition, prepared by the host, a real wine and cooking connoisseur.

The itineraries

1st Itinerary: Pontormo and Palazzo Pitti.The dietetic parsimony and luxury of the Palatine lunches. The antithesis of the relationship between art and food in sixteenth century Florence.

2nd Itinerary: The Cenacoli: art, food and religion in the great Renaissance frescoes. Discovering symbols and daily life in the tables laid for the Last Supper

3rd Itinerary: Food in the paintings of the Uffizi. From symbolism to the cultivation of prized crops.

4th Itinerary: Brunellleschi and the Duomo. An artist, an engineer and perhaps, a chef

 

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A welcome aperitif made from white wine or sparkling white wine with something to wet the appetite: pecorino and broad beans or pecorino and fruit pickles, or Tuscan cold sliced meats, or Tuscan toasts with liver sauce topping.

First course: generally with seasonal vegetables.

Second course of meat or roast fish. - Pies and omelettes for vegetarians.

One or two side dishes (salad, baked vegetables, cannellini beans).

Red table wine: Chianti classico in a labelled bottle.

A soft dessert: a cream tart or panna cotta or mousse with a sauce of some kind.
Sweet wine: passito (raisin wine) or muscatel.

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