Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery 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

Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour

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!

The Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery – Prefer a Private Uffizi Tour?

You can choose to do the Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery as a private or small shared group experience.


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 small groups give a personal experience, letting  you ask all the questions you like
  • 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

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

Tour Length: 2 hours 15 minutes

Weather: This tour runs rain or shine

Time: The small group tour runs from Tuesday to Sunday from 13:30-16:00.
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 possibly 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

Outside Frescobaldi Restaurant
Piazza della Signoria, 31


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.

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30 reviews for Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Trexler:

    Our guide was very knowledgeable, not only about the works at the Uffizi, but about how the people in Florence lived. It was fascinating! Really the best way to see the museum.A focused tour allowed the Uffizi to become alive and relevant, as an understanding of the art weaves in the culture and history of the time. It was a great, exciting tour

  2. 5 out of 5

    John and Nina Garlington:

    The guide was very informative and knowledgeable and managed to create an excellent context for each artist and his works. We would have been lost in the Uffizi without the tour. We thought it was excellent

  3. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Port:

    I had a really interesting and fun tour of the Uffizi gallery in Florence with a company called Artviva. We were escorted to the gallery by a young guide who is a native speaker of English and were able to gain entry without the usual interminable wait in the queue.
    Having visited the gallery before, I know it is a vaste repository of wonderful paintings and sculptures. But you can wear out an awful lot of shoe leather trying to find the really good stuff and even then you might not realise what you are looking at. Our guide on the other hand knew just where to take us and was full of entertaining stories about the artists and their work. There were some children in our group who were kept interested with questions to answer with a treasure hunt style quiz. They seemed to really enjoy the tour as much as the adults. After our tour we were free to keep exploring the gallery for as long as we wished

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anne Hargreaves:

    Our guide on the Uffizi tour was probably the best guide on any tour I have ever attended, lively, fun, informative. A great afternoon.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Les and Akanksha Santiago:

    If you do not know anything about art and want to navigate the Uffizi—take this tour! You get a real perspective for the whole world of art

  6. 5 out of 5

    P.J Ramsey:

    The Uffizi Gallery tour was without a question the VERY BEST guided tour we have ever had. Our guide was brilliant. She made it so interesting—the time just flew by. A certain MUST for visitors to Florence

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fruzsina Perko:

    The tourist guide was perfect Very interesting and the Gallery was amasing I have to go back as soon as possible

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tom Newton:

    Our guide (Klaus) made our tour so interesting! He was so knowledgeable! We highly recommend this tour!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Richard McCarthy:

    Enjoyed thoroughly. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jacqui Robinson:

    Booked small group tour for Friday 01st March at 13.30. Meeting point changed, but when we phoned to query they answered phone immediately and the tour guide came to us. It was only the two of us on the tour so we were spoilt. No queue to get in, quickly through security and into the gallery. Pier Carlo Testa our guide was an English lady who was a wealth of information. She made the tour very interesting with little snipets of information bringing the paintings to life. On the 1st Sunday of each month entrance to the galleries is free, which may account for why it was quiet on the Friday. When we walked past the gallery on Sunday the queue was horrendous, it was like the queue for day tickets at Wimbledon tennis.

  11. 5 out of 5

    D Spivak:

    Klaus was an extremely knowledgeable and engaging tour guide, who provided deep context and a lot of historical knowledge in a friendly and fun manner. He was fantastic and the tour was great!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maya Tohme:

    A wonderful tour of the Uffizi from the Medieval period to the height of the Renaissance to the Baroque era. All recounted by our wonderful guide Klaas who was so generous with his knowledge and time! We zigzagged the galleries with him going from one masterpiece to the next. A great afternoon thanks to Klaas’ interactive style and his sunny disposition. Thank you ArtViva for your amazing team of staff (Faeza et al) and guides!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robert H. WELBORN:

    Loved our guide Helga. Her knowledge and enthusiasm were the best part of the guided tour of the Uffizi.

  14. 5 out of 5


    We enjoyed an excellent tour with Angelo. He is fantastic, very competent and explained expertly and entertaining. Highly Recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Bartl:

    I was so excited to tour the Uffizi, but was worried it might be overwhelming. Without our guide, Catherine, that may have been the case. So if you want to see the best of the best, with a great guide, take this tour. Catherine’s deep knowledge and passion for the art was immediately evident. And yet she was able to convey and illuminate the paintings in everyday and easy to understand terms. She added personal stories about the paintings, artists, and the people, which I particularly liked, as it helped me to imagine what it was like back then. Overall, this is a great tour which you should seriously consider taking!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janice Cepela:

    We were a group of 3 people. I booked the tour from the United States with no problems. The tour was Fantastic! Brenda was our guide and she was great – could not have been better! She has a lot of Art History knowledge. She answered many questions and had great stories about the artist, Florence and history in general. I highly recommend this tour!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy Zimmer:

    Martina gave life to the Uffizi gallery. Hard to believe such a young person could have so much knowledge. Her love of the art pieces and their history was easy to see and enjoy. Fantastic tour!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Burson:

    This was a great tour of the art highlights in this gallery! Our guide was very knowledgeable. We are really not art enthusiasts, but this tour was just enough historical information to suit us. If we hadn’t done the tour, we wouldn’t have understood the significance of the paintings.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Hartin:

    Klaus was the absolute best, funny, fun, informative, the information was exciting and the stories were great. He kept me very engaged and excited for a full 5 hours. He went above and beyond, I’d recommend this tour to anyone

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anna Volkov:

    We have booked the tour based on the reviews and it did not disappoint! Our tour guide was Sally. We found her to be extremely knowledgeable in Art History and Renaissance specifically. She was so captivating that the time just flew by and the tour was over. I have already recommended Art Viva and Sally to my friends who are planning on traveling to Italy. Book your tour! You will not be disappointed!

  21. 5 out of 5


    Highly recommend ArtViva!! Great tours and easy to book. Manolis was alot of fun and pleasant and very knowledgeable. All went so smoothly and we so enjoyed working with this company we booked a private tour outside of the city that they went anove and beyond to help us and they were efficient and quick to respond and organize! Thank you Faezeh!! We his woman is the best!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rolf Goodwin:

    We had an excellent guide, knowledgeable while concise. Florentine art can be a challenge as there is so much context needed for each work. That’s why we thought we should get a guide. We were very pleased.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barbara K.:

    Easy to book, smaller group, very knowledgeable tour guide Martina. Booked 2 Artviva tours. Would use them again.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Massey:

    This was the first time my husband and I have been in Florence and we knew we wanted to see the Uffizi, but we’d also heard it was very crowded most of the time. The tour prevented the need to stand in line to buy tickets or to wait in the long line to get into the gallery. Ricardo, our guide, was very knowledgeable of the gallery and the places to see the paintings in which we were most interested. His insights into the uniqueness of each painting, including the differences of the appearance of the picture based upon the angle of your view , made the tour one of the highlights of our trip. We highly recommend it. Thanks Ricardo!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marian Driedger:

    The guide Martina was very informative and she made learning about the art fun. I appreciated the art that she picked to highlight. The tour was just a little too long for us. I would recommend this tour.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joe F.:

    Loredonna was fantastic. She blended Florence history with art and art history perfectly. She was an excellent communicator and made the Ufizzi very accessible and relevant. I heartily recommend ArtViva and Loredonna.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pokey Rule:

    Highly entertaining; learned a lot and saw some really cool art. The head pieces were great so we didn’t have to stay really close to hear

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karin Franchino:

    Guide brought pictures to live. You could tell that she really liked art history. No problems of any kind. Would definitely recommend this tour to my friends. So much more interesting to be on this tour than visiting the museum on your own. .

  29. 4 out of 5


    We enjoyed our tour with or guide who is from Florence but spent two years at school so his English was very good. We were in a group of 12 but was not a problem to heat him as the radios provided with disposable ear bud worked very well. For us it was great to have someone knowledgeable about the art and history provide background on a number of the art pieces. At 2 hrs and 15 minutes including the time to get through security it was a good length for us. The tour finished inside the gallery so anyone wanting to stay and see more could. I would recommend this tour.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Justin McIvor:

    Our guide showed expertise and passion in interpreting the art pieces in a very accessible way. She was able to connect use with the importance and innovation contained in these great pieces in a very short time. I highly recommend this experience.

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