Private Tour

Best of Florence in a Day Private Tour with David & Uffizi

Art & History
Family
Duration: 6 Hours
Languages: EN, ES, ZH

Uncover the best sights in Florence in a single day on this carefully planned itinerary. Explore the highlights and architectural gems hidden in the historical center that every first-timer and the seasoned visitor will want to discover. Plus skip the line to see two of Italy’s most famous museums on this art historian led private tour.


Perfect for:
  • First Timers
  • Art & History Lovers
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures

What to Expect

Discover the charm of Florence in a single day visiting the main historical and artistic sites and skipping the long lines in the company of a local guide who possesses intimate knowledge of this magnificent city. You’ll learn about the art, history and culture of the Tuscany’s capital not to mention the stories behind Michelangelo’s David and the masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery. This is a wonderful way to maximize your precious holiday time in the Birthplace of the Renaissance.

 

Your morning begins with a comprehensive walking tour exploring the best outdoor sights and some secret treasures of this 2000-year-old city. Stroll down cobblestone lanes, through majestic squares and across ancient bridges, pausing along the way to admire the most famous sites of Florence’s city center such as the “Porcellino”, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. Along the way, your passionate guide entertains you with fascinating tales and prepares you for a visit to the famed Uffizi Gallery.

 

A short walk from Piazza della Signoria brings you next to the Uffizi, a veritable pantheon of Western master painters. Once in the galleries, rather than racing through the corridors to view everything, our guide takes you on a hand-tailored route through the vast collections of the museum, guiding you to the most important works and enriching your experience with critical artistic insights.

 

With the expert knowledge of your guide, you can exult in the coloristic flourishes of such Italian Renaissance geniuses as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Other illustrious artists in the collection include Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and several ancient Roman sculptors, whose works were the very inspiration for their Renaissance successors.

 

About 20 minutes’ walk from the Uffizi lies the other highlight of the day, the Academia Gallery where Michelangelo’s 15-foot tall David still amazes visitors with its masterly carving technique and its potent aesthetic presence. As you marvel at this imposing statue, your guide reveals you the incredible stories associated and the context in which it was created. You will also spend some time with Michelangelo’s Slaves, in order to develop the context that surrounded the artist’s work.


Highlights

  • Uffizi Gallery most important masterpieces by: Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael
  • Michelangelo’s David &  Michelangelo’s Slaves in the Academia Gallery
  • Piazza della Repubblica
  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Giotto’s Bell Tower
  • Duomo (from the outside)
  • The Baptistery Doors
  • Mercato Nuovo
  • Il Porcellino
  • Ponte Vecchio Bridge
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Palazzo Vecchio (from the outside)

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Accademia Gallery
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Uffizi Gallery
  • Earphones required at both museums for more than 7 guests

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Tips & Gratuities (Optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

In your hotel lobby (only for centrally located hotels) or at an easy to find location in the historic center. Full details provided upon booking.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request any day except Mondays, Christmas Day, January 1, and August 15.
  • For safety reasons, both museums require visitors to pass through metal detectors before entering. While the general admission line is skipped, eventual lines at the metal detectors cannot be avoided.

Good to Know Before You Go

  • Please note that the order in which we visit the museums will depend on the ticket availability to these galleries at the time of booking.
  • All members of your party must present at both museums a valid proof of identification prior to entrance (copies of passports or ID on your phone will be fine).
  • Make sure to only bring small handbags with you. The Accademia Gallery does not have cloakrooms or lockers therefore visitors with large bags and/or backpacks will not be allowed to enter.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
    The tour will only be reserved upon full payment in advance of the tour. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details including the meeting point and phone number. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Is this tour suitable for families with young children?

Our experienced guides are passionate storytellers and specialize in bringing the works of art to life for young and old alike. However, if you are traveling with young children, we recommend you visit the museums on two different days to avoid museum overload.

Do we stop for lunch?

Yes. Along the way, there will be plenty of opportunities for lunch - you will be responsible to cover the cost. Your personal guide will be happy to provide you with personalized recommendations depending on what your tastes are. Some people like to grab a quick pizza or a snack, and some people like to sit down for a relaxing meal. Either is an option, but just know that if you sit down for a relaxing meal you might have to move faster to get in the rest of the sights.

Does the tour visit the inside of the Duomo?

You will see the Duomo, also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore from the outside and your guide will discuss its exterior and significance. However, the tour does not include a visit inside the Duomo because the Duomo does not offer skip the line tickets. Thus the entrance lines can be quite atrocious.

Can we organize this tour on a Monday?

Both the Uffizi Gallery and the Academia Gallery are always closed on Mondays, so that's perhaps a good day to consider either our Best of Florence Highlights Private Tour or our Florence Street Food Tour.

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.
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