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Florence: Skip-the-Line Uffizi Small Group Tour

1. Florence: Skip-the-Line Uffizi Small Group Tour

The Uffizi Gallery is a must-see when visiting Florence. Built in 1560 and known as the world's oldest museum, it was designed by the famous renaissance architect Giorgio Vasari. The grand duke of Tuscany Cosimo I de Medici decided to re-establish the authority of the Medici family. After Cosimo I eliminated most of his rivals, he gave an office to the rest to keep an eye on them. In fact, Uffizi means offices. After his death, his children lost interest in politics. His eldest son, Francesco I, brought his private collection of artworks and made the Uffizi his private museum. On this tour Uffizi tour, save time but also learn inside stories behind some of the most notable masterpieces conserved in Florence. After your tour, enjoy some refreshments in the cafeteria on the Uffizi Gallery's terrace. Take in the unique views of the city, relax and take pictures.

Florence: Dome Climb, Museum and Baptistry Small-Group Tour

2. Florence: Dome Climb, Museum and Baptistry Small-Group Tour

Join in on this exciting adventure discovering the Duomo, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral complex. Your expert local guide will share with you the stories, legends, and secrets behind this incredible architectural monument. The tour then culminates with an extraordinary view from atop one of the largest Domes in the world. As you climb up the famous 463 steps, enjoy stunning views of the Cathedral interior and 16th-century frescoes. The small group setting of 12 people or less allows for the guides to provide you with a more personalized tour that will allow you to better understand Florence. Learn more and get the most out of your experience in a small group. 

Florence: Skip-the-Line Accademia Guided Tour

3. Florence: Skip-the-Line Accademia Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in Florence's famous Accademia. Take a tour of the gallery to encounter its outstanding collection of gothic and renaissance paintings and other artworks. Visit Michelangelo’s famous David statue. See further famous works by the great artist such as The Prisoners, as well as other masterpieces of renaissance art. Hear informative commentary from your expert English-speaking guide, who will bring each work back to life with inside stories of one of the world’s greatest artists.

Palazzo Vecchio: Skip-the-Line Entry and Secret Passage Tour

4. Palazzo Vecchio: Skip-the-Line Entry and Secret Passage Tour

This tour allows visits to a suite of off-the-beaten-path locations in Palazzo Vecchio Museum. Among them is the mysterious stairway built in the thick walls by the will of Gualtieri di Brienee. Skip the line and head off on a one hour and 45-minute guided tour. Discover the small study of Francesco I de’ Medici, a very elegant treasure "of rare and precious things," and the desk of his father Cosimo I, more widely known as Tesoretto. To round off the experience, hear about the huge trussed structure built by the great architect Giorgio Vasari, which supports the paneled ceiling of the Salone del Cinquecento, the main room of the palace.

Florence: Baptistery, Duomo Museum, Cathedral, & Belltower

5. Florence: Baptistery, Duomo Museum, Cathedral, & Belltower

Visit Florence's religious center on a guided tour inside the Baptistery, Cathedral (Duomo), and the Opera del Duomo Museum. Enjoy a comprehensive guided visit to the interior of Florence Cathedral, one of the largest and most important churches in the world. Construction began in 1296 and ended only in 1436, with the creation of the magnificent dome by Filippo Brunelleschi.  See the Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, built in the Florentine Romanesque style. Then visit the Opera del Duomo Museum, a site that collects original masterpieces from the Duomo Complex. Among the most important works on display are the original Gates of Paradise by Ghiberti, and Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini. The museum also houses one of the largest collections of Donatello's work in the world. Finally, climb the three-storied Giotto's Belltower and admire the city skyline dominated by Brunelleschi's immense dome.

Florence: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

6. Florence: Duomo Tour and Cupola Access

Explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence’s Duomo, considered one of the most important and gorgeous buildings in the world, on this guided tour. Start the tour by learning the fascinating stories of Florence and the cathedral from your licensed guide. Go inside and explore the interior decoration, learn how the Cupola was created, and admire the incredible fresco of Giorgio Vasari, the Last Judgment. After this, go inside the Baptistery, the holy place, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, where Dante Alighieri, the Medici Family, and other nobles and famous people were baptized. Following the guided tour, be led to the Cupola entrance, where you’ll be able to climb to the top at your own pace and admire The Last Judgment, the famous fresco by Giorgio Vasari. Once at the top, discover the breathtaking 360-degree panorama, from where you can see all of Florence.

Uffizi Gallery: Small Group Tour

7. Uffizi Gallery: Small Group Tour

Escape the herds of tourists and explore the world’s oldest museum, the Uffizi Gallery, in a small and intimate group. Start the tour with priority skip-the-line entry, and immerse yourself in one of the world’s greatest collections of Renaissance artworks. Explore the gallery’s many rooms filled with priceless artworks dating back over the centuries and listen to your guide share stories and anecdotes. Admire some of the most incredible masterpieces ever created, including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Leonardo’s Annunciation, and Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, just to name a few. Learn from your experienced guide how to understand and appreciate the arts on a profound level, and engage in thought-provoking conversation about the meaning behind the artworks.

Florence: Cupola Climb Tour with Duomo Complex Entry Tickets

8. Florence: Cupola Climb Tour with Duomo Complex Entry Tickets

The exterior view of the Cupola is a showstopper, but the only way to see the inside of the dome up close and enjoy the extraordinary view of Florence is to climb its 463 steps. Discover how the Cupola was designed and built by Brunelleschi in 1418. Find out why the corridors are so narrow, and admire Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9) on your way up. Look down and on the base, just above the drum, see the balcony started, but never finished, in 1507. Hear about the fascinating story of the balcony and the unfinished eighth side from your guide. Once you climb to the top of the Cupola, you will be enchanted by the panoramic view of the Florence city in front of your eyes. Add to your experience by selecting one of the options that includes a gelato tasting after your Cupola tour. Listen to the history and art of this Duomo Square and answer any of your questions regarding Duomo.

Florence: Accademia Gallery & David Statue Small-Group Tour

9. Florence: Accademia Gallery & David Statue Small-Group Tour

Visit one of the most famous and popular Italian museums, the Accademia Gallery, in a small group with a maximum of 10 guests. Immerse yourself in an intimate and warm artistic atmosphere with an expert English-speaking guide that takes you back in time and brings the artworks to life. Learn about the origins of the artwork, the artists who created them, and uncover insights into the lives of history’s greatest artists. Marvel at the most famous statue on Earth, the David, and snap a photo for your holiday album. Enjoy the luxury of the small group, which means your guide can personalize and customize the tour to suit your needs, leaving you with a better understanding of the artworks that you’re most interested in.

Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

10. Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Located in the heart of Florence, this stunning Cathedral is one of the most visited places in Europe and definitely a must-see during your stay in Florence. When you walk to the square, you'll find this monumental square with Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, and others, including the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. With this tour, you'll have the chance to enjoy a guided tour inside the cathedral. As you explore the inside of the cathedral, your guide will show the main artworks conserved within. The construction of the Cathedral began in the 13th Century thanks to Arnolfo di Cambio and was finished later with the magnificent Dome created by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 1420s. It's a huge and massive construction. With this tour, you'll have the chance to enjoy a 1h guided tour of the Cathedral where our guide will show the main artworks still conserved inside.

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It was a complete dream, the guide was very knowledgeable and the information was precise and insightful. She was very charismatic and offered all kinds of additional information when asked for details and volunteered very curious facts during the conversations.

Our guide, Ilaria, was very good at stimulating everyone's interest: by telling us various anecdotes and showing us small details of the buildings and streets that we would never have been able to grasp on our own.

Thank you! The tour was easy to follow and the guide was knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend allotting more time than the tour if you want to do the climbing because it will take some time!

Guide very prepared and good at explaining the history of the Uffizi, the Medici and the works

Walking tour organized in detail, two hours without getting bored.