Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Private Tour

The only guided visit that takes you through both levels of the iconic Uffizi Gallery! Gain the best view and insight into Italy’s greatest art with us.

Private Uffizi Gallery Tour – See the Masterpieces

Michael Palin featured our Uffizi tour in a BBC World Documentary for its easy and engaging access to the world-famous art museum. Our skip-the-line Uffizi tour will introduce you to the most famous artists of Italian history. Well, to their artwork! Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio…. Their names are known the world over – and now you’ll see why! Standing before their art, our guides will show you their significance and you’ll be able to appreciate their genius for yourself!

Relax and Enjoy: In-depth and up-close to the art

Our Uffizi tour covers the Uffizi Gallery’s major rooms and halls. As the only company in Italy recommended by every major travel guide, our visit is a streamlined Uffizi tour that helps you focus on the most important artworks. We know how overwhelming museums can sometimes be, and that’s why we carefully curate the Uffizi tour, focusing on the fun and fascinating.

Making Uffizi Art and History Come Alive

Find out how Michelangelo out-smarted a famous skinflint. Learn about the mysterious and beautiful model in Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. See the transformation of Leonardo da Vinci’s creative talent. Understand the major techniques used in Renaissance art. But we don’t just tell you the history of a piece of art: we show you that history. Our experts will guide you through the beauty and value of countless art masterpieces. And best of all, we’ll make it fun to! Blame it on our background as a theater company, but we believe tours should be entertaining.

Uffizi Skip-the-line Priority Entrance

Avoid long lines with skip-the-line tickets and take the shorter, quicker line. Take the quickest entry and get up close and personal with the Renaissance masters! Our afternoon Uffizi tour is the ideal length for the whole family and leaves you time to join our David tour of the Accademia Gallery afterwards!

Why Book Masterpieces of the Uffizi Tour?

  • Our personally trained Artviva guides select the best itinerary for an engaging streamlined tour
  • Artviva’s excellence has been recommended by every major travel guide from Rick Steves to TIME magazine
  • You’ll see all the best bits of the Uffizi and meet all the famous masters of Italian history without wasting your time
  • Our fully licensed travel agency ensures peace of mind
  • We’re real people based in the center of Florence – come and speak to us any time
  • True local expertise that’s stood the test of time Since 1996

PLEASE NOTE – Persons under 18 now are required to bring their original ID with them to the tour for museum entry

Tour Details

Highlights of the Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour include:
  • Quick and easy reserved access – you won’t have to wait hours in the line for tickets
  • An expert, qualified and licensed guide – we carefully select our guides for their great storytelling skills
  • Get up close to the art in a small group – have the chance to ask all the questions you like
  • An exclusive fascinating introduction to Renaissance art – great stories about the masters who changed art forever
  • Understand what makes these artworks so important and see the personality behind the famous names of Leonardo da Vinci, Boticelli, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael, Bronzino and Caravaggio
  • Run by the only company recommended by every major travel guide including Rick Steves.
Important Information

All persons under 17 must present valid ID showing date of birth for entry into museums or full adult price will be charged.

Included in price: Uffizi Museum skip-the-line entry and reservation fees, small group guarantee, professional guide, audio headsets used when required.

Excluded from price: Optional gratuities

Maximum Participants
14 adults

We recommend having lunch at Frescobaldi Restaurant if you are doing the Uffizi gallery tour with us next. The Uffizi tour meets outside the restaurant.

Tour Length: 3 hours when private (2 hour 15 minutes when small group – currently not running)

We finish in the Uffizi gallery. You can stay and enjoy it longer if you wish. There is a roof top bar with lovely views.

Weather: This tour runs rain or shine

This tour does not run on Sundays from the first of March until Easter nor on Sundays in November.

Museum security: Due to increased security, some delays are to be expected. We do in any case offer the quickest possible entry. Backpacks, large bags, liquids, ‘selfie-sticks’ and long umbrellas are not permitted in the museum. It is not always possible to check them in a cloakroom so please carry as little as possible.

Meeting Point

Via Dei Georgofili 3, by the arch and corner of Via dei Girolami.

Florence, 50122


We accept most major credit cards and payment forms. Please see the bottom of our website for the payment types accepted.

Most of our customers enjoy having the benefits of a private tour. You have your own guide. You can have rest stops when you like. We can tailor the tour to suit your needs and preferences. We always choose the best guide for your needs, whether you are a family, an art school, or a company doing an incentive event.

All our tours except our Sex, Drugs and Renaissance tour are kid friendly. When doing a private tour with us, you have your own guide, so tell us in the notes of the booking the ages of your kids and we will tailor the tour and choose a guide that’s great for kids for you. We also have 4 special kids’ tours in Florence.

All tours are conducted in English only unless otherwise noted or requested. Other languages available for all private tours on request.

We are offering mainly Private and some Semi-private tours at the moment. We do not offer many semi private small group tours anymore due to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The difference between Private and Semi-private is that the private tours are fully private tours with your own guide and the Semi-private are small shared group tours where individuals can join others.

Yes, you can combine this tour with the Original Florence Walk and the David tour to cover all the highlights of Florence, but we recommend spreading the tours over at least 2 days.

Yes, children of all ages are allowed on the tour.

You won’t have to wait in line with the rest of the visitors that do not have a reservation, there is a separate entrance for people who have skip-the-line reservation but you still have to go through security check and there might be a line for that.

Yes, there is a ramp and an elevator in the Uffizi gallery.

The shared group tour runs in English only, but we can arrange private tours in other languages.


14 reviews for Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Private Tour

  1. T Richard Corcoran

    We mistakenly blocked out time for a two-hour private tour that was actually supposed to be three hours. But our effervescent tour guide, Ella, was able to quickly revise a strategy to hit the most important works and still maintained flexibility to continue further if we had the energy and time. Ultimately we did about 2.5 hours. Ella’s depth of knowledge was apparent in her ability to explain the shift from the Medieval period into the Renaissance period in a way that really made sense. But not just in how the art changed but how and why those changes were tied to what was happening politically, religiously, scientifically, in commerce and finance, and in the world in general. Very skillful and impressive. Highly recommended!

  2. Laurie Stanley

    We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Martini (sp?) from 28 April 2019. He was extremely knowledgeable, passionate, and professional.

  3. Tricia Dave

    My family of three did a tour of Uffizi with Lara. We had a great tour. She was well spoken, knowledgable and it was the highlight of our trip. Alone, we would have missed so much. She pointed out all of the main works and gave us much insight into the history. We would highly recommend to others. We had no difficulties booking this activity online.

  4. Jaime Gomez

    The tour with Laura was amazing! Best way to see the highlights and understand their history/importance.

  5. Kay & Jim Schlembach

    We found ArtViva through Rick Steves’ Tuscany Guide. This is our first semi-private tour, and we were so pleased! Allesandro was knowledgeable, amusing, patient and expert at pointing out the highlights of the Uffizi, as well as negotiating around the lines. Botticelli, Leonardo and Caravaggio’s “Medusa” along with lots of Medici history – amazing. Our October 2021 tour ended up private, which made it even nicer. Impressive and worth every penny. Can’t wait to schedule another ArtViva tour on our next trip to Italy.

  6. Dafna Stein

    We adored our highly knowledgable, vivacious, passionate about art and art history guide Martina!!! Who is also an engaging and humorous storyteller. From the very first moment she was focused, informative, attentive and in excellent humor. She quickly understood who we were as her audience. We especially loved hearing about the lives of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rafaello and about their relationships with one another through time and space, as well as the roles they each played in society and the world of the Medici dynasty in Florence. We also learned loads about other prominent Renaissance figures who were unknown to us, We went away eager to delve into a reading list too! And of course Martina was adept in teaching us to see each painting she showed us with new eyes. Revealing things for us to notice, -even in great works known to us, such as the Venus on the Half shell by Botticelli (whose name means little barrels!) My group highly recommends this tour!!!

  7. Jennifer Liakos

    Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable. She was excited and passion about the subject matter – which made the tour even more fun and interesting than it would have otherwise been. I have used ArtViva a lot when in Italy and I have loved every tour they’ve done. I would always recommend ArtViva. I only wish it was available in other countries!

  8. Dorothy

    Brenda was a great guide – very knowledgable on Art and History. We felt fortunate to have her as our guide!

  9. Debbie Stoner

    Laura was and excellent & well informed guide with very proficient English. We learned a lot and would recommend the tour.

  10. Cheryl Leavitt

    If the Uffuzzi is a museum exerperience of a lifetime, then Alexander is the tour guide who is up to the challenge. He is engaging, passionate, and so informed about everything from each piece of art to the artists, Florence history, and world history including and especially Renaissance. We purchased a private tour and received an experience which was 3x its cost, so I consider it a valuable purchase. Highly recommended if Alex is your guide

  11. Penny Cobey

    My adult daughter and I had a private tour of the Uffizi with Eleanora. She was an outstanding guide, very well-informed, knew her way around the museum well, got us through lines quickly. She asked us at the outset which pictures we were most interested in seeing, and tailored the tour accordingly. She also responded to our request for her ideas and introduced us to some splendid paintings. ArtViva handled the arrangements well—sent reminders, etc. The ArtViva tours are a bit expensive, but I would not hesitate to book another. It’s so worthwhile to get well-spoken, well-informed guides who truly know their subject, and enjoy a private tour.

  12. Vince Cataldo

    This was actually the second time I’ve taken this tour. The first time was great, and this tour was even better! This tour makes the Uffizi so enjoyable by ensuring that none of the highlights of the museum are missed.

  13. Melisssa B

    In Florence for the Uffizi and Accademia Museums. Carlotta was exceptional, also. And again – we didn’t realize we would be the only 2 on the tour. She was absolutely wonderful!

  14. Sarah w

    We just finished our tour with Irene and we’re completely blown away! One of the best tours we’ve ever experienced. Irene’s breadth of knowledge and ability to relate information is beyond impressive. Thank you! We feel so connected to Florence and are incredibly appreciative of this experience.

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