One of the Most Famous Art Galleries in the World: Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vince, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio and many others
You can’t leave Florence without visiting one of the most famous art galleries in the world. Here you can admire numerous works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio and many others.
Among the precious exhibition halls of the Gallery, the most renowned one contains the refined works by Botticelli, amongst which the absolute masterpieces: “Primavera” and “Birth of Venus“. The latter painting, the icon of the museum, represents the allegory of the birth of the goddess emerging from the sea foam and symbolizes the ideal of beauty as an expression of purity and spiritual quality, typical of the Renaissance Neoplatonic aesthetics.
The guided Tour ends at the Uffizi Terrace where you can enjoy an amazing and exclusive view of the city’s most important monuments.
Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum.
The pre-booked, skip the line ticket allows priority entry over the general admission long line.
0 – 5 years old: free
The Tour Includes
- Professional Guide
- Season: All year round – Everyday
- Duration: 1h30 approx.
- Afternoon – all year round at 4:30PM
- Morning – from May to October at 9:00AM
- Meeting point / Terminal: AT THE MUSEUM, entrance reserved to booking holders
- Museum entrance fees with bookings
- Earphones are provided for groups of over 15 participants inside the museum
Tour Code TH0047
What Makes this Tour Unique
- A guided visit of one of the most famous art galleries in the world will fill you with enchantment and admiration when you see the Birth of Venus and the Dance of Spring by Botticelli as well as many other famous masterpieces.
- Michelangelo: the Tondo Doni, the only existing painting
- The pre-booked, skip the line ticket allows priority entry over the general admission long line – No hassle : our assistant will welcome you outside the museum with the reserved tickets.
- Once the guided tour is over, one can stay on in the museum to explore a little further on ones own.
Uffizi Gallery with Audio Guide
If you wish to visit the Museum in total freedom and at your own pace, you may book the audio guide with a multilingual recorded commentary made by expert guides.
Our special package includes the assistance of our staff at the meeting point of the museum, the entrance ticket with reservation (skip the long line) and the headsets you may collect at the audio guide desk after entering the museum.
You have to show the original copy of your identify card or passport.
THE TOUR INCLUDES:
Museum entrance fee with booking.
Audio guide non available for children under the age of 6.
Tour Code TH0047A
The building of Uffizi was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de’ Medici so as to accommodate the offices of the Florentine magistrates, hence the name uffizi, “offices”. The construction was later continued by Alfonso Parigi and Bernardo Buontalenti and completed in 1581. The cortile (internal courtyard) is so long and narrow, and open to the Arno at its far end through a Doric screen that articulates the space without blocking it, that architectural historians treat it as the first regularized street-scape of Europe. Vasari, a painter and architect as well, emphasized its perspective length by the matching facades’ continuous roof cornices, and unbroken cornices between storeys and the three continuous steps on which the palace-fronts stand. The niches in the piers that alternate with columns filled with sculptures of famous artists in the XIX century.
The Palazzo degli Uffizi brought together under one roof the administrative offices, the Tribunal and the Archivio di Stato, the state archive. The project that was planned by Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany to arrange prime works of art in the Medici collections on the piano nobile was effected by Francis I of Tuscany, who commissioned Buontalenti the famous Tribuna degli Uffizi that united a selection of the outstanding masterpieces in the collection in an ensemble that was a star attraction of the Grand Tour.
Over the years, further parts of the palace evolved into a display place for many of the paintings and sculpture collected by the House of Medici or commissioned by them. According to Vasari, who was not only the architect of the Uffizi but also the author of Lives of the Artists, published in 1550 and 1568, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo gathered at the Uffizi “for beauty, for work and for recreation“.
After the house of Medici was extinguished, the art treasures remained in Florence by terms of the famous Patto di famiglia negotiated by Anna Maria Luisa, the last Medici heiress; it formed one of the first modern museums. The gallery had been open to visitors by request since the sixteenth century, and in 1765 it was officially opened to the public. Because of its huge collection, some of its works have in the past been transferred to other museums in Florence—for example, some famous statues to the Bargello. A project is currently underway to expand the museum’s exhibition space, allowing public viewing of many artworks that have usually been in storage. Today, the Uffizi is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Florence. In high season (particularly in July), waiting times can be up to five hours. Visitors who reserve a ticket in advance have a substantially shorter wait.