Private Tour

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

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

Visit the best of Florence in a day private tour with the expert knowledge of your art historian guide. Skip the line at the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries, two of Italy’s top-rated art museums. Explore the highlights and hidden gems in the heart of Florence that every first-timer and seasoned visitor want to discover.


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

What to Expect

Enjoy the top sights of Florence in a day private tour in the company of a local guide who possesses intimate knowledge of this magnificent city. Enter the Accademia and the Uffizi with skip the line access and see the best of Florence from the streets including Piazza della Signoria, Piazza del Duomo and much more. All with captivating commentary from your guide bringing the city and its great works of art and architecture to life.

 

See the Best of Florence in a Day Private Tour

Delve into the art, history and culture of the Tuscany’s capital and learn the stories behind Michelangelo’s David and the masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery with this Florence in a day private tour. We will explore several charming corners of the historical city center including the picturesque Ponte Vecchio Bridge. The medieval Piazza della Signoria where you can admire the imposing Palazzo Vecchio and the beautiful Loggia del Lanzi. And the Piazza del Duomo, with its colored marble-clad Cathedral and Baptistery; the astonishing Giotto’s Bell Tower.

 

Florence City Walking Tour

Our Florence in a day private tour starts exploring the best outdoor sights and some secret treasures of this 2000-year-old city. Stroll down cobblestone lanes and through majestic squares, pausing along the way to admire the most famous sites of Florence’s city center such as the “Porcellino”, Piazza della Repubblica, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. As we walk, your guide entertains you with fascinating tales and prepares you for a visit to the famed Uffizi Gallery.

 

The Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery

Commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici and crafted by Vasari, The Uffizi is one of the most visited museums in the world – with masterpieces from the 13th to 18th century. 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 your guide’s help 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.

 

Accademia & Michelangelo

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.

 

Takeaways

Don’t miss this opportunity for an expert look at well-acclaimed masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery and Botticelli’s Spring at the Uffizi Gallery. Our handcrafted itinerary provides invaluable assistance in navigating the vast collections of two of Florence’s main museums as well as its most iconic sights. Whether you’re in the city for a day, or plan to use it as a base from which to explore Tuscany, this Florence in a day private tour is a wonderful way to maximize your precious holiday time in the Birthplace of the Renaissance.


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 (exterior only)
  • The Baptistery Doors
  • Mercato Nuovo
  • Il Porcellino
  • Ponte Vecchio Bridge
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Palazzo Vecchio (exterior only)

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Accademia Gallery with pre-reserved entry time
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Uffizi Gallery with pre-reserved entry time
  • Earphones in the guided visit at both museums if your group numbers more than 7 people

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Almost all the buildings, with the exception of the Academia and the Uffizi, will be viewed from the exterior only.
  • Food & drinks
  • Tips (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, and January 1.
  • 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.
  • Mandatory Covid-19 Rules – Traveler Requirements starting from August 6, 2021 until further notice:
    All participants who are over 6 years old are required to bring and wear a facemask.
    In accordance with government guidelines, during the service all participants must maintain a safety distance of 1 meter from other people.
    All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days before the activity starts, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts.
    All participants who are over 12 years old must bring and present a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license, etc.) matching the vaccination or test results.
    Those who will not present the required documents will not be entitled to any credit or refund. For more information about how the rules may apply to you, read here or consult the Italian embassy in your country.

Good to Know

  • 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
    Full payment by credit card is required to make a reservation. 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. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Is this Best of Florence in a Day Private 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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