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Florence: Early Access Uffizi Tour & Palazzo Vecchio

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Even hard-core art lovers are overwhelmed by the wealth of masterpieces inside Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. If you are dying to take a look inside but aren’t quite sure where to start, this Uffizi tour is perfect for you.

Highlights

  • Skip the general access lines and walk straight into the Uffizi, Italy’s most popular art museum
  • Discover lesser-known masterpieces by Cimabue, Duccio and Giotto
  • Feast your eyes on Renaissance classics like Botticelli’s 'Primavera' and the 'Birth of Venus'
  • Investigate the far-reaching influence of the Renaissance in the works of later masters like Titian and Caravaggio
  • Visit the Palazzo Vecchio, the one-time home to the Medici family

Description

Art is intimidating, and few art museums are more impressive than Italy’s greatest vault of masterpieces - Florence’s Uffizi. But it doesn’t have to be this way, this Uffizi tour is tailor-made to allow you to explore and discover the jaw-dropping, history changing world of Renaissance art, whether you are a seasoned art lover or a rank amateur. The tour, like the museum, is chronological, so after skipping the (always long) entrance lines your expert, English-speaking guide will introduce you to early Renaissance masterworks from Cimabue, Duccio, and Giotto. Through their paintings, you’ll learn to distinguish the styles and techniques that created a revolution in the visual arts. Next it’s on to the classics of the High Renaissance, like Botticelli’s 'Primavera' and the 'Birth of Venus.' You’ll see the progression of artistic techniques, and revel in the explosion of color and perspective. But it’s not all art theory, you’ll learn about the incredible personalities and bitter rivalries of some of the biggest stars of the day like Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.  Finally, see the artistic legacy of the Renaissance in works from later masters like Titian and Caravaggio. When you have seen what comes before, you’ll be able to view their paintings in an entirely new light. Your next stop will be the Palazzo Vechio. For centuries, this was the heart of art and government in Florence; so important that both Michelangelo and da Vinci were hired to paint murals on its walls. Your tour will include the incredibly impressive Council of 500 and an introduction to the tumultuous history of Florence. Hear how and why the Medici family abandoned this majestic fortress, building the Vasari Corridor all the way through the Uffizi Gallery to their new home at Palazzo Pitti. This is more than just a tour, it’s a voyage through time that will make you appreciate all that it took to bring the visual arts out of the dark ages and into the modern world. In an intimate group of 15 persons or fewer, you will have unparalleled access to your expert, English-speaking guide with plenty of time to ask all those questions that you can’t find in books. This is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of art history.  

Includes

Pre-booked Uffizi tickets Pre-booked Palazzo Vecchio tickets Expert local guide Small groups of 14 persons or fewer Headsets
Gratuities Hotel pick-up/ drop-off

Important Information

  • This tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties and it is recommended to contact the local partner to make arrangements
  • This tour cannot accommodate strollers

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