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Uffizi Gallery – A guided tour

What to see at the Uffizi? Discover the main masterpieces of the Renaissance with a guided tour. Those who choose Florence as a destination for a holiday, almost always plan to visit at least one of its famous museums, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery. After all, how can you give up seeing the masterpieces of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo – just to name a few of the major artists?

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Our first recommendation is to plan your visit to the Uffizi Gallery and book your entrance ticket in advance in order to avoid the long queues at the entrance. And if you have limited time and want to make the most of your visit to the museum, moving safely between the rooms to see the truly “unmissable” masterpieces and learn more about works and artists, then we suggest you take part in a guided tour, which will also include the entrance ticket.

Entering the museum is often the most boring and complicated part, due to the long queues that often arise at the entrance. However, when you book a guided tour, the guide is waiting for you outside the Uffizi with your ticket in hand and the tour starts right away, as you enter the entrance reserved for guided tours. Here your guide will tell you something about the history of the Uffizi.
The “Uffizi” were built to house the uffizi or city government offices at the time of the Medici family, which played a fundamental role for Florence, also from an artistic point of view. In fact, most of the artistic masterpieces, also conserved in the Uffizi themselves, were created thanks to the patronage of the Medici family or come from the family’s private collections.

At the entrance to the Uffizi is the portrait of Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, the last representative of the family, who donated all the Medici collections to Florence, provided they remained public, giving the city – and all of us – an invaluable gift.

Going up the grand staircase, you get to the upper floor, where the museum collection begins. Here your guide will give you a little insight into the architecture and history. In the atrium you will find many marble busts and portraits of members of the Medici and Lorraine families, a perfect opportunity to step back in time and learn more about who they were and what they did that was important in their era.

The Uffizi Gallery holds some of the greatest works of art from the Renaissance, but actually spans several centuries from Roman times – from which it houses marble works through to the early Renaissance and 18th century European painting. Among the more than 50 rooms full of works it is really difficult not only to orient yourself, but also to see and appreciate the major works. A good private guide will be able to accompany you on a visit to discover the main masterpieces, making you take a unique dive into art and the past that you would hardly be able to do on your own.

The first rooms of the Uffizi host works by Giotto, Cimabue and Duccio di Buoninsegna and what is considered the international Gothic style. As you visit the rooms, you will realize how art has evolved over the centuries, thanks to the patrons and the choices and influences of the various artists.

Your visit will also include the famous masterpieces by Sandro Botticelli, often considered the very symbol of the Uffizi, namely Spring and The Birth of Venus. The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, the Doni Tondo by Michelangelo and the Venus of Urbino by Titian are some of the other works included in a classic itinerary to discover the museum. It is also worth stopping in the corridor along the Arno and looking out the window overlooking Ponte Vecchio, as well as admiring Palazzo Vecchio up close from the terrace of the museum café, before going down the stairs towards the works of Caravaggio, Bronzino and Raphael.

The Uffizi Gallery is a real labyrinth and as fantastic as it may be to get lost in the midst of so much beauty, the risk is to spend hours inside the museum without being able to fully appreciate the masterpieces in front of you. Unless you are an art expert, a guided tour of the Uffizi will allow you to see the essence of the museum by discovering the most interesting and fascinating aspects of the history of Florence, the works of art and their artists. Your journey through the history and art of the Uffizi will be even more interesting and enjoyable, an unforgettable experience.
The Uffizi Gallery does not offer guided tours directly, but only has an audio device that you can rent after entering the museum and use it as an audio guide to help you visit the numerous rooms. The audio guide is helpful and available in several languages and walks you through the main works in each room, but doesn’t give you any historical insights. This is another reason why having a qualified guide walk you through the museum makes a huge difference, as well as being able to answer your questions, of course.
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