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 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! 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 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

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

Meeting Time: 15 minutes before the tour starts


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. If you are doing the small shared group David tour after, you need to be on time for that at 4.45

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.


101 reviews for Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Fruzsina Perko

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

  8. Tom Newton

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

  9. Richard McCarthy

    Enjoyed thoroughly. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide.

  10. 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. 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. 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. Robert H. WELBORN

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

  14. Sabine

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

  15. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Patrica-Capalongo

    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. 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. Barbara K.

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

  24. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Catherine

    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. 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.

  31. Timothy F.

    We had an absolutely wonderful experience all due to our great tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, funny and kept everything exciting and moving the whole time. We learned a lot and were very happy we decided to do the tour. This is the BEST way to visit, and will make your experience much deeper and enjoyable.

  32. Emily Averbrook

    Excellent tour and excellent guide. He moved along quickly to cover many works and he provided insight from an art history perspective. Even after 3 hours we were still going strong, and sorry for the tour to end. The best of several tours we took during our Italy trip.

  33. Peter Smith

    Our guide (from Carolina?) gave us a thoroughly interesting and absorbing intro to both the art and history of the period. Easy delivery and her obvious deep interest in the subject with interesting anecdotes kept us fully engaged throughout. We went back in on our own afterwards but it wasnt the same and we were lost without her lead. Really well done. Thanks.

  34. Sarah Bahr

    Our guide was not only very knowledgeable, she was also clearly passionate about art. It was clear she loved the arts and the uffizi. She was also funny! She frequently cracked jokes and puns. I had 2 english tours booked in Italy and the other one, booked with a different company, was not very good as the ‘english speaking’ tour guide spoke only broken English and was difficult to understand. it was really great and impressive to us to have a guide who spoke well enough to make colloquial jokes.

  35. Amy Garrick

    Our guide was very informative and knew so much about the paintings. She connected everything with the history of Florence and prepared us for the crowds we encountered while maintaining a sense of humor.

  36. Judith Aiello

    Our guide was amazing. He was a fount of knowledge, yet was easy going & comfortable with everyone in our group. This was my 6th tour with ArtViva! I definitely recommend your company to anyone with a curiosity to learn. Way to go, ArtViva, for making yet another encounter spectacular! I’ll be back!!!

  37. Lori Falk

    We chose the private tour for 4 people. Kate was wonderful. Very knowledgeable. She was very accomodating. She knew quite a large amount of history behind the paintings. Did you know that many of the benefactors of the commissioned art are painted into the paintings? Do you know where they are located in the paintings? Terrific to know more about the era of when the paintings were done….. why the paintings were commissioned…..truly a very nice tribute to Italian art. Look at the statues…. the heads may be greek and the bodies roman…. so much history….need more time…… fantastic.

  38. E A

    Loved this overview of the history and progression of Renaissance art in Florence, and the cultural, social, religious and political influences guiding it along. Martina was a fantastic, fun, funny and extremely informative guide. I learned so much and will have a great grounding in the work for my next visit someday. Highly recommended.

  39. Brian & Carolyn

    We had a great tour with Valeria of the Uffizi Gallery. When touring the Uffizi, it is important to remember that there are over 1000 masterpieces here. Valeria’s focus was on a small number of critical paintings to illustrate the evolution of art in Florence starting in the Middle Ages and cumulating with Michelangelo. I feel a greater appreciation for these works after understanding the times and circumstances of their creation. Valeria did a wonderful job in doing so and in answering our many questions.

  40. Jacqueline

    Our guide was very interesting, knowledgable and spoke in English that was easy to understand. She was highly professional despite being yelled at by a couple of unhappy folks. The tour itself included a collection of art highlights with associated history and lots of fun facts. I highly recommend the Uffizi tour and I highly recommend the guide.

  41. Owen Morgan

    The tour proper was excellent and the guide was certainly up to the standards I used to expect from this company (I last did this tour maybe 7yrs ago, so this was a refresher). Tour administration could be sharpened up: guides arrive after designated meeting time; no spare batteries for guide’s equipment; rendezvous is in front of the one restaurant in the square that can’t be actually be seen until you’re standing right in front of it… But I’m being hard – it was a great tour and a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide.

  42. Andrew Prout

    My wife and I joined the Art Viva tour of the Uffizi. We like to travel independently, so are very selective about tours. This tour rates as our all time favourite tour. It was entertaining and informative. It was like walking through the lives of the Medicis and seeing how art developed through the generations of masters. 30 years ago we visited the Uffizi on our own and we had no real idea of what we were looking at. A huge thanks to our guide and Art Viva Andrew and Debbie Melbourne- Australia

  43. Jason Tindol

    Experience was great. Our guide was knowledgeable and gave a great history lesson in addition to the facts about each piece. If you want an educational tour about the history of the time period as well as the art, then I highly recommend this tour.

  44. Ellen Frank

    I so enjoyed the tour with our guide- her knowledge and insight into the history of Florence and how it impacted the art world was fascinating. She kept us all interested and focused; I would take any tour again guided by her expert hand.

  45. Marjam

    I really enjoyed this tour through the galleries. The guide was nice and you knew he was having fun putting across his knowledge he has gained as a professional art researcher. There was a clear structure to the tour itself, and Mario explained the different styles and what differentiates them, which made it easy to follow. He has an interactive style asking questions while leading a group, which proved to be good as I realised it was therefore easier to remember what he had explained before. Overall, I would recommend this tour as you see important masterpieces and get access to “behind the scenes” knowledge.

  46. Charles Ponder

    The Artviva tour of the Uffizi was a great deal. You learn so much about the important works with a very knowledgeable guide. It was interesting to learn about the artists and the history behind each work you may otherwise never know if you did it on your own. Highly recommend!

  47. Charles A Murray

    This was an amazing tour, starting with the skip the line, skip the line entrance…we walked right in bypassing a long line. Our guide was fun and informative, explaining about many of the most famous works of art. I highly recommend this tour!

  48. Lauren K

    The guide was fantastic and navigated the busy Uffizi very well! She hit some interesting pieces and gave excellent background on the times and stories around different paintings! Highly recommend ArtViva!

  49. Heather D

    This was a great tour. Helge had so much knowledge on the artists. You could tell she absolutely loves art. Perfecto!

  50. GO

    An excellent guide, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We learned a lot about the artists and paintings. On our own, we would have just wandered about and missed a lot, but with the tour we saw the highlights in a focused and engaging way. If you don’t know much about Italian art, we recommend this tour to help you appreciate the museum.

  51. Bonnie Wilson

    Our tour with Tatjana in May 2019 was all that we had hoped. She led us to the great works, helping us understand them much better than our art history books had. She was lively and knowledgeable. It is an added bonus that you don’t have to wait in line forever.

  52. Linda Brotherson

    I thought our guide did a great job walking us through the development of art and showing why there was such an appreciation of many of the pieces in the gallery. Very easy to understand and follow along. Felt like it was perfect amount of time to spend and education for someone who was not an art major.

  53. Alyssa Hollier

    The personal experience/interest of our tour guide was fascinating. She gave us so much history that I wasn’t expecting. I would definitely recommend this tour and your company.

  54. John Cunnane

    Guide was personable, funny and knowledgeable; she made the Uffizi incredibly accessible. We would have never known the story of a young Leonardo completely outshining his mentor Verrochio or the difficulty of perspective in Carravagio’s Medusa on a round convex shield. It was truly a memorable tour.

  55. Vin Prabhat

    If you want a tour guide who is truly knowledgeable and well educated and passionate about the exhibits, then use art viva. If you are a casual tourist who wants very basic and superficial knowledge that you can get from a brochure then art viva is not for you. We had a great experience. I would highly recommend to a friend with the same interest.


    My 13 year old daughter and I had a fantastic time with an ArtViva guide Tatiana. We visited Uffizi Gallery and later the Academy with her and wanted this tour to continue for hours and hours more. Tatiana is a knowledgeable, resourceful, and inspiring guide with good sense of humor and passion for art history. Within limited amount of time, she walked us through three centuries of art explaining how painting style and meaning the artists put into their work have been changing. Tatiana presented historical material in entertaining and educational way. We would love to come back to Florence and have more tours with her. I highly recommend any your with her and with other guides from ArtViva. Excellent organization and customer service.

  57. Ward Bobitz

    Loved our tour and guide. Mariogesù was fabulous!! Entertaining, informative and interactive. This was our first time using Artviva – We have done several European museum and city tours with another operator, but will look to use Artviva in the future.

  58. Erica Nardello

    We loved our tour of the Galleria Degli Uffizi with Mariogesù. He was sweet and engaging, interactive and fun, and more knowledgeable than we ever expected. We learned so much from him and got so much value from our tour – we’d recommend him and ArtViva to anyone and everyone!

  59. Crystal Swanson

    Klaus at Art Viva is an excellent guide. I am an art history teacher from the United States and there were many new things I learned about the works in the Ufizzi. He was funny, engaging, and connected the dots nicely between the Middle Ages and the renaissance art and culture. Highly recommend. Shame on the Uffizi museum for inadequate restrooms and benches from which to contemplate the art. The Uffizi also needs to limit the number of visitors as the crowds were very difficult to maneuver in. But Klaus made the best of it and moved us around to less crowded areas with a smile. He also got us up close to many of the great paintings so we could appreciate the detail.

  60. Gordon Bartik

    Valeria led us through the major masterpieces in the Uffizi collection with fascinating insights delivered in a warm and engaging manner, revealing so much that we were not aware of. It was a highly informative journey; highly recommended.

  61. Johan Hedin

    Our guide was Mario Gesu. Very knowledgeable and incredibly engaging! Best guide we’ve had so far and we loved the perspective. We learned about how to actually interpret art and not just get the history of the painting led to us!

  62. Kim Bischoff

    The tour guide – Ismael – was really wonderful. He was so knowledgeable and provided a great overview of the art pieces that he highlighted. The museum is amazing and having a great guide really made the tour special- thank you Ismael for your knowledge and instruction! KJB

  63. MT, California

    The Ufizzi experience was certainly enhanced by having a personal and knowledgeable guide. Well worth the cost! The art displays are often confusing with little, if any, English descriptions. Rooms are dark. Views of the city and river from the windows for photos are amazing!

  64. Jack J. Lesyk

    The Uffizi, of course, speaks for itself. But our guide was fabulous. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Gave us a wonderful explanation of the social history of the times for each object d’art. Made history come alive for us. Exceeded all expectations. Give her a raise! We highly recommend this to others.

  65. James Kelly

    The guide was excellent and made the trip to the Ufizzi worthwhile. I believe that the museum requires some excellent guidance to make the most of the visit.

  66. Zoe

    Ricardo was a brilliant tour guide, well-informed on the history of the Uffizi building and the Medici family, and on the paintings inside. Joining this tour was worth every cent in gaining a much deeper understanding of the political and social aspects of the gallery and its works. Ricardo gave context, took time to answer questions, and made sure we were able to see the well-known works, as well as pointing out some of the lesser-known Florentine painters, which I took the time to look at after the tour concluded. Highly recommended!

  67. Gerald Hersh

    The guide was spectacular. Not only did we not have any difficulties, the company accommodated a last minute change do to an illness. I highly recommend.

  68. Cynthia Mendelson

    Such an easy way to see the Uffizi. No lines and the most wonderful, knowledgeable guide! Brenda was so fun and she made us really think about how we see each piece of art. It was not just a lecture, she involved us in the process. So enjoyable! I would absolutely recommend this tour and Brenda!

  69. Paul Smith

    Mario opened our eyes to the artwork. Extremely knowledgeable and engaging helping you appreciate the changes in Art through the centuries Thanks

  70. Jude Robb and Pete Gladwin

    ArtViva is a responsive, professional company to guide your tours of Florence, Hilde’s knowledge of the Uffizi gallery artworks was extensive and interesting, essential to appreciate a gallery so rich in stories and history.

  71. WS

    no difficulties but of course, a very crowded experience with many very impolite visitors… our guide did her very best to adjust to the crowds and was very informative, would highly recommend visiting the Uffizi with a small group guide, even when we are actually very familiar with the art and the artists!

  72. Vincent Diaz

    Our tour guide, Ricardo, was great! Very knowledgeable with the paintings in the Uffizi Gallery. Through him, we had a deeper appreciation on the evolution of painting and the Renaissance and the subtle but important things to look at in paintings. The group was just the right size as well, around 14 people. Another bonus was skipping the (long) line into the Gallery.

  73. Mark Bardakjian

    Our tour was great with so many interesting “personal “ stories added to the great artworks making them more meaningful. Would highly recommend this tour especially if your time is limited. Would have liked another hour or two with our guide.

  74. Charles Robbins

    Corinna was a fabulous guide. On the previous day, she had guided us on a walking tour of Florence where she offered serious and humorous insights into Florentine life, past and present. The next day, we were with her in the Uffizi, and again she proved to be knowledgeable, insightful, and fun. She obviously understands and appreciates much of the history and art in Florence; her presentation is always subtle, professional, and balanced. We actually learned a great deal on both tours, even though we have previously visited Florence. The tours exceeded our expectations, and we recommend them without reservation.

  75. Angie and Ross Wilcock

    We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Ingrid. After being away from our home in Sydney, Australia for almost four weeks, we have done many tours throughout Europe…..but this one was special! Ingrid’s knowledge, passion and personality brought the art to life in a totally unexpected way. Her vibrant style of presentation, and her insight into the special features of the art made this tour very memorable. My husband has a much deeper understanding of art than I have, so Ingrid’s explanations and vision gave me a greater insight into art in general, and these masterpieces in particular. We would highly recommend this tour, and Artviva, to anyone who wants a unique experience at the Uffizi Gallery.

  76. Kristen Corkum

    This was one of my favorite tour guides on our trip! Brenda was so incredibly knowledgeable about the paintings and the history, and also kept it fun and entertaining! We saw all the important paintings but also got to see all the other art in the museum. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who looks at art and doesn’t know what to look for!


    Brenda was knowledgeable and passionate!!

  78. John Lapointe

    This tour could not have been more comprehensive. This was a lesson in art history and a lesson in interpreting a painting from the point of view of the artist and the mores of the times. A truly wonderful tour.

  79. L Jane Hamblen

    Tatiana was an excellent guide. She was articulate and well informed about history and art. I had been to the Uffizi twice before, but seeing it with a good guide was a much more enjoyable experience.

  80. Andrew Wilson

    Great value for the money. Professional!

  81. Hasina Hajira

    I’m glad I did this. The guide was informative and introduced us to some magnificent highlights. You will still have to go through security so do bring as little as possible along!

  82. Patricia Romanko

    I highly recommend the tour of the Uffizi and if you can get Mario Gesù as your guide, lucky you! Most of us on this small group had a limited understanding of Italian art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, but Mario brought it to life with passion and flair. He’s not a typical tour guide, but an art scholar and researcher. He is also an engaging storyteller and draws you in with his questions and challenges regarding what you see in the pieces we examined. It was quite interesting and completely non-intimidating to hear what the others in the group noticed or took away from each piece. And markedly different from the other guides we saw in the gallery afterwards, who were just nattering on into their microphones to groups of seemingly bored tourists. A perfect, enlightening and engaging afternoon at the Uffizi! I only wish I’d learned about ArtViva earlier in our trip.

  83. Audrey Hays

    For someone who didn’t know much about the Uffizi having a guide who was highly educated about the works inside made the tour well worth it. We loved our guide and all her knowledge was so incredibly helpful. We will be using this company in the future… highly professional.

  84. Janae Henson

    We would highly recommend this tour and the ArtViva team!

  85. Jo Longhurst

    I know virtually nothing about art – until now. Being in Florence you want to absorb yourself in the culture but actually understanding and appreciating renaissance art was an experience in itself. Sally, our brilliant guide was clearly knowledgeable, informative and her passion came through taking me with her. 2 hours seemed like no time and I learnt so much. The gallery was busy but I barely noticed. An absolute must when you are in Florence and I will be checking what else VivaArt has to offer from its tours. Thank you

  86. Linda Bryant

    From the minute we arrived at ArtViva’s office in Florence,, we knew they were different. Jennifer(who is one of sweetest people I have ever met) warmly greeted us and gave us all the necessary information. Before we arrived in Italy we purchased the Florence Walking Tour. For that tour we had Corina and she was so knowledgeable and fun that we returned to purchase the Uffizi tour. We were not disappointed. Klauss was so enthusiastic and interesting. He made the Uffizi come to life. This was our second visit to the Uffizi and we are so happy we were able to return and see it through the eyes of an expert. So, if you are ever able to take a tour with ArtViva do it!!! You will not be disappointed

  87. Micheal

    Knowledgeable guide. Huge museum but the tour managed to cover the major famous holdings. Time after spent exploring. Would definitely recommend.

  88. Roslyn Muller

    Very knowledgeable guide. Recommend this tour. Wear very confortable shoes because much of the time spent standing in one place for extended periods of time (sometimes 30 minutes).

  89. Lynne Plotnick

    Eleanora was fantastic! Knowledgeable, funny, energetic….she made it a pleasure to see some of the great works of art at a very busy time in the Uffizi! Her detailed descriptions were so informative and interesting. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would tell you to personally ask for her! Grazie!

  90. Trish

    Klaas did a great job in a short time explaining the art in an entertaining as well as educational way. He was a great guide.

  91. Deborah Wunderli

    I’m so glad my husband and I decided to take this tour. We usually avoid tours because we want to avoid the large groups and we like to explore on our own. However, we only had 12-15 people in our group, Corinna expertly navigated us through the huge museum, provided us with fun, educational information and stopped at all the best places. I didn’t feel overwhelmed by information and was very glad we were able to skip the line and learn as much as we did, without having to try and find our own way with a guide book. I will highly recommend this tour to my friends.

  92. Roseanne Kelly

    My husband and I went on the Masterpieces of the Uffizi tour with Art Viva on the 8th October and we are still talking about what a fantastic experience we had almost a month later! This was largely down to our outstanding guide, Klaas (originally from The Netherlands), he was just out of this world, fascinating and engaging throughout..we would love to have his company in every art gallery we get to visit! It was well organised, the meeting point was easy to find, and started promptly. We joined the groups line at 1.30pm and perhaps it was 20 minutes by the time we had gone through security but Klass kept us entertained and informed so we didn’t feel the time passing. We started on the top floor and worked our way around the highlights of the gallery. The Uffizi itself is a fabulous gallery, I found the crowds when we first entered a tad overwhelming so it was wonderful to have an expert like Klaas to guide us through the rooms. The tour concluded at approx 3.45 and we could then explore on our own. We highly recommend this tour, book it and guaranteed you will not regret it.

  93. Claire Leduc

    This was a great tour! Our tour-guide was not only knowledgeable, but also passionate which helped to engage me in the tour. Plus I liked her jokes!

  94. M. B.

    ArtViva tours saved us from feeling totally overwhelmed by the amount of art, and the crowds trying to see that artwork. Our guide Brenda skillfully guided us to iconic gems ensuring we managed a decent viewpoint. Once there she explained why the piece served as an excellent example of the Renaissance. We’d love to return for more as the tour provided a quick glimpse of this museum’s wealth of masterpieces. If ArtViva expanded it to a full day we’d go! A friend recommended this company to us, and we signed up for the city walk as well. Both tours provided us a thoroughly entertaining view of Florence and its well-earned reputation as a Renaissance powerhouse. We suggested it to other friends who, also, enjoyed these two tours. Matter-of-fact, they kept mentioning historical snippets their guide told them as he led them through the city. If ArtViva offered longer tours we’d definitely sign on. The guides, their knowledge and delivery of that expertise are truly worth every euro, and more.

  95. David and Nancy Moses

    This tour of the Ufizzi Gallery was definitely a must for travelers to Florence. It was good to have a knowledgeable guide showing you the artwork in the gallery and understanding it better. The tour was well organized, meeting places well defined, and everyone was on time for the tour. It was a pleasure to have a guide get you through the gallery and let them take care of the details.

  96. Lisa Friese

    Our tour of the Uffizi was great- the guide was so knowledgable, and after the tour we felt we had had a course in art history! He also was great at navigating us through the museum and the crowds. I highly recommend this tour- it is well worth the price as it includes the skip the line ticket, and the guide gets you through all the entry lines as easily as possible . After the tour, if you want to stay and wander on your own to see more you certainly can.

  97. Beth Boyer

    We had a wonderful time. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, our guide and our walk through history. The tour was well laid out, and navigated easily through what could be an overwhelming amount of art and information. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and shared her enjoyment of the art with us. We highly recommend this tour.

  98. Deborah Smith

    Our tour guide, Sally, was great. She provided interesting information and was very enthusiastic. It was very easy to meet up with the tour and the tour went at a good pace. I would definitely recommend this tour to my friends and family.

  99. Andy Beu

    Our fabulous guide Corina made this an exceptional experience. Her knowledge of art…and key things to look for made this tour for us totally worth it…even in the rain. Great job Corina…I hope I got her name right…she’s from London and has been living in Firenzia for about 19 years. You’re lucky if she is your guide.

  100. Nathaniel Epting

    The Uffizi Gallery is an absolute must see if you visit Florence. But as one quickly realizes, there’s so much history and art that it’s very easy to get overwhelmed. And even more so, there’s so many great details and stories behind the art that you won’t learn from just looking at it (as wonderful as that is). That’s where having a guide take you through all the essential pieces and explain the stories, details, and history comes in. And honestly, it made the Uffizi Gallery come to life for my wife and I. We were so happy that we decided to book with ArtViva. It really would have been a lesser experience without them. Plus you get the skip the line ticket as a part of the tour, which is vital. Our guide Catherine was phenomenal, and really did a great job getting us through everything and keeping our interest the entire time. She was very knowledgeable and excelled at finding the right balance between showing us the highlights so we didn’t get overwhelmed, but not so little that you felt you missed a lot. All in all, I HIGHLY recommend booking this tour! Just do it plenty of time in advance, particularly in peak tourist season.

  101. timothy scorziell

    Our tour was amazing. We were lucky in that is was a very quiet day and not a lot of people. The information was great. This is a must tour, to much to see…

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