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Florence Uffizi Gallery Masterpieces Tour

  • Group Size:
    Group Size: Max 8
  • Language:
    Language: English
  • Duration:
    Duration: 2 hrs
  • Start:
    Start: 09:00 AM
  • Price:
    Price: From 129 €
  • Cancelation:
    Cancellation: Free Cancellation*

Tour Overview

If you want to see the finest collection of Italian art anywhere, how could it not be in Florence? Our Uffizi Gallery tour goes inside the genius this city fostered sparking the incredible flowering of the Renaissance with masterpieces by Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, Caravaggio, and more. The list goes on, but your wait in line won’t with the pre-reserved direct access tickets in the hands of your passionate art expert guide.


Tour Highlights

  • The Uffizi Gallery in Florence
  • Botticelli’s Birth of Venus
  • Botticelli’s Spring
  • Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo
  • Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch
  • Raphael’s Portrait of Leo X (Medici)
  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s Annunciation
  • Titian’s Venus of Urbino

What's included

  • Skip-the-line access
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • A small group of 8 or fewer
  • All tickets and reservations
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly

What you’ll See Along the Way

The Uffizi Gallery Florence

The Uffizi Gallery is filled to the brim with an unbelievably vast collection of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces. Originally the administrative center of Medici power in the city, from Uffici, or 'offices' in Italian, the top floor was dedicated to the family's private treasure trove of art, which grew to occupy the entire building.

Botticelli's Birth of Venus

Botticelli’s Birth of Venus (1482–1485) is one of the world's great works of art. It does not depict Venus' birth, but her arrival on Cyprus. She 'hangs five' on the rim of a huge oyster shell, pushed to shore by the breath of Zephyrus and Aura. The winds lend a fantastic sense of movement most noticeable in the rippled water, scattered roses, billowing fabrics and flowing hair.

Botticelli's Spring

Spring (1477-1482), another remarkable item in the Uffizi Gallery’s Botticelli collection, was painted just years before the Birth of Venus. Though the two are not part of any specific artistic series, they are often discussed together. Again, Venus is at the center of a natural landscape surrounded by Cupid, Flora, Mercury, Zephyr and others.

Michelangelo's Doni Tondo

The Doni Tondo (1503-1504), a.k.a. the 'Holy Family', is Michelangelo’s only painting on panel. It was commissioned by the wealthy banker Agnolo Doni once again to celebrate a marriage. The painting depicts the Madonna turning to take baby Jesus from Joseph’s arms, creating a circular flow that leads the viewer’s eye seamlessly through the colorful scene.

Raphael's Madonna of the Goldfinch

The Madonna of the Goldfinch (1506) is a stunning example of High Renaissance art depicting Mary with an infant Jesus and John the Baptist in a tenderly balanced scene. Though everything seems peaceful at first glance, hidden symbolism hints at Jesus' fate with St. John holding a goldfinch, symbol of the crucifixion, and Mary’s open book revealing his future.

Raphael's Portrait of Leo X (Medici)

The Uffizi is also home to Raphael’s Portrait of Leo X with two Cardinals (1518), recognized as a freshly realistic, unpolished approach to a papal portrait, and Raphael’s Self-Portrait (1503-1506).

Leonardo Da Vinci's Annunciation

The Annunciation (1472-1475) was completed when Leonardo was just 20 years old. The popular Biblical scene was unique in the context of a garden outside. Another interesting feature can be seen in the angel’s wings, which look more like a bird's. Da Vinci's vision of marriage between religion and science is nearly omnipresent in this early masterpiece.

Titian's Venus of Urbino

Titian’s Venus Of Urbino (1538) was the first reclining nude female in post-classical history. Unlike previous paintings of Venus, Titian placed the goddess in a modern domestic setting with furniture and fluffy white linens. Undeniably sensual, as the soft, fleshy subject gazes back into the eyes of viewer. A dog represents fidelity and her drop earring alludes to purity.

Tour Summary Get in the Know

Florence’s Uffizi Gallery Temple of Italian Art

The Uffizi Gallery hosts one of the most amazing art collections in the world, and whether you’re a painting aficionado or a bucket list box-checker, your senses are sure to awaken as soon as you step into its first canvas-laden hall. You’re about to see how one of the most influential movements in history began, in the exact place of its forging, among the private collection of the family that was patron to it all.

We’re talking about the Renaissance of course, and if you’re interested in the Uffizi Gallery, it’s probably because you’re tired of seeing Botticelli on hotel posters and coffee mugs. Well, this is the real deal, Skip the Line tickets in hand, shoulder to shoulder with fascinating context from a bona fide Florentine art historian to trace every phase of its inception, crescendo, and finale.

Birth of the Italian Renaissance Mastery of the Medium

On the first stop, your guide will take you to ponder the iconography that characterized the late Middle Ages, with its golden altarpieces and placement of the human in stark contrast to the divine. Though beautiful, the art that pre-dated the Renaissance was functional, treating religious subjects without allegory, form, or color. That was about to change, and in works like Giotto’s Madonna Enthroned, the first preludes of what was to come began to appear.

Follow your guide on a time-lapse journey that fast-forwards to the late 1400s when this new kind of creation exploded through the magnificence of Botticelli. No other masterwork can embody this more than his Birth of Venus, which saw in the flesh, is as captivating as any goddess of love should be. Every imagined current on this panel is loaded with symbolism, and the meaning is clear… the human is divine. Continue these musings with Botticelli’s Spring, and a flurry of Madonnas that are nothing less than exquisite.

Italian Masters Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo & Co.

As human approached the divine, or vice versa, religious motifs were still the mainstay of artistic inspiration, with each artist adding their own flair and fervor. Your guide will take you to see the mystical naturalism of Da Vinci’s Annunciation with its almost surgical treatment of natural perspective, Papal politics in Raphael’s portrait of Pope Leo X, archetypal maternal tenderness in his Madonna of the Goldfinch, all the way to the Mannerist prose of Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo.

No palette will go unturned when gazing upon the Uffizi Gallery’s artworks on this unwavering adventure into the art that made history, and your guide’s enthusiasm will leave you hungry for more. We’ll close the tour with Titian’s seductive Venus of Urbino, and the arcane gaze of Caravaggio’s Medusa.

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Our guide was Stefano—he was amazing! Extremely knowledgeable and English was excellent. He pointed out small details that we wouldn’t have noticed, and he provided colorful background about Florence’s history, painters, and the paintings. Great experience.”

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My wife and I recently used What a Life Tours for a Full Day in Florence consisting of the Uffizi, Accademia and walking tour after being on their Vatican and Coloseum tours in Rome last year. Once again, they did not disappoint. Both Mat at the Uffizi and Elizabeth on the Accademia/walking tour were a wealth of knowledge and their passion about the artwork and Florence itself was very clear. Despite the intermittent rain, Elizabeth took us on a great walking tour of the historical centre after our visit with David concluded. The insight we were able to get from walking around with someone who had lived there for years was a perfect end to our day. We would use What a Life Tours again for sure...”

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