Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour

Ours is the only guided visit that covers both levels of the iconic Uffizi Gallery, giving you the best view of art’s greatest masterpieces. As featured in a BBC World documentary with Michael Palin, it offers easy access to the world-famous art museum.

Our Uffizi tour will introduce you to the famous artists of Italian history. Or, at least, their works. Leonardo. Michelangelo. Titian. Raphael. Caravaggio. Their names carry so much of Italian art history. But it’s not until you stand before their art that you appreciate their genius. After all, it’s like they say: seeing is believing.

In-depth and up-close

Our Uffizi tour covers the Uffizi Gallery’s major rooms and halls. Not only that, but we’re the only company in Italy recommended by just about every major travel guide. This means 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 our Uffizi tour.

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 expert guides will show you the beauty and value of countless art masterpieces. And best of all, we’ll make it entertaining too. 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!

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.

Tour Details

Highlights of the Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour include:

  • Run by the only company recommended by just about every major travel guide, including Rick Steves
  • Avoid waiting hours in the queue with this quick, pre-reserved, skip the line entry
  • Gain understanding of the most famous artworks by Italian master artists
  • Enjoy a fascinating and exclusive introduction to Renaissance art with great stories about the artists that changed art forever
  • Experience the flowering of Leonardo Da Vinci’s genius, find out how Michelangelo out-smarted a famous skinflint and hear about the mysterious and stunning models in paintings like Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus”
  • Learn about techniques that will change the way you look at art
  • Explore more of the Gallery to include the must-sees of Titian, Raphael, Bronzino and Caravaggio plus many more, as our expert guides’ knowledge and personality truly bring the artworks to life
  • Easy access to the Gallery, the most famous artworks, the best guides

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 so please carry as little as possible.

Meeting Point

Oustside 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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17 reviews for Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour

  1. Rated 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. Rated 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. Rated 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. Rated 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. Rated 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. Rated 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. Rated 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.

  8. Rated 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!

  9. Rated 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!

  10. Rated 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.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5


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

  12. Rated 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!

  13. Rated 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!

  14. Rated 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!

  15. Rated 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.

  16. Rated 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

  17. Rated 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!

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