Uffizi Gallery Private Guided Tour
Annunciation by Simone Martini
Birth of Venus by Botticelli
Leonardo da Vinci’s Paintings
Doni ‘Tondo’ by Michelangelo
Duration of the tour: 3 hours
Suitable for children: yes
Accessibility for differently abled: yes
Difference in level: 5 metres
Further information at the bottom
A tour of the Uffizi Gallery, the biggest Italian museum of Painting
Let yourself be accompanied with an Uffizi Gallery guided tour to discover the secrets of what is the largest museum of Painting in Italy and learn about the great masterpieces of the Italian and European Renaissance.
The visit to the Uffizi Gallery represents an essential experience of living if you want to fully understand the concept of Florence as the homeland of that incredible cultural season worldwide known as Renaissance. Through the rooms of the museum it is possible to sense how, throughout the centuries, the search for an ideal beauty canon has always been the aspiration of the Florentines.
In almost one hundred exhibition rooms that are treasure chests, we see the beautiful paintings that go from the 13th to the 18th century, from the humanity of Giotto to the nature of Caravaggio, through the elegance of Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci’s scientific insight, the grace of Rafael and the power of Michelangelo, in addition to the works of European painters (mainly Germans, Dutch and Flemish).
La Gallery of sculptures of the second floor
The wonderful Gallery of sculptures
We begin our tour of the Uffizi from the Gallery on the second floor, a very refined space all decorated with ‘grotesques‘ in the vaults and with magnificent ancient statues and busts collection that belonged to the Medici family, ancient Roman copies of original Greek sculptures. The first rooms that we see will be those of the Middle Ages painting, where masterpieces by Giotto, the ‘founder’ of modern painting and who, according to an effective definition by the writer of treatises Cennino Cennini, “changed the art of the paint from Greek to Latin and then reduce into modern ”. We will see the beautiful Annunciation by Simone Martini, one of the Uffizi’s most refined works. The gold leaf’s splendour will continue to surprise you in the Adoration of the Magi by Gentile da Fabriano.
Discovering Botticelli’s master
With the works by Filippo Lippi, you will discover where the skills of his most famous pupil – Sandro Botticelli – came from. From the latter, we will obviously admire his most famous works: the Primavera and the Birth of Venus, two authentic ‘icons’ of what is a painting’s sanctuary. Of these two works by Botticelli, we will discover all their secrets and curiosities, mostly related to classical literature as well as with some turbulent events that saw involved some members of the Medici family…
We continue the Uffizi Gallery guided tour with the paintings of the Flemish artists, which include personalities such as Van Eyck, Van Der Weyden and Hugo van der Goes, the latter author of the famous Portinari Triptych, a large altarpiece wide more than six meters that has many secrets to unveil …
The Goldfinch Virgin by Raphael
The Adoration of Magi by Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings
We move on towards the Tribune, the first environment of the Uffizi complex to be devised as a museum space – since 1580 – and as a spectacular octagon where, in addition to the excellent Roman-era sculptures, the ‘four elements’ are also celebrated, according to Alchemy practices that were fashionable in the 16th century. Continuing with the Uffizi Gallery tour, having admired the panorama that is enjoyable from the middle of the gallery – with the view of Ponte Vecchio and the Arno River–, we get the rooms housing the works of important Renaissance painters, such as Perugino, Filippino Lippi until to reach the room dedicated to a great humankind genius: Leonardo da Vinci.
The works by Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio
From the great artist, we see the Adoration of the Magi, unfinished painting of great fascination, and the Annunciation, one of the first works of his complete authorship. The other works that await you are those of Raphael and Michelangelo that, housed in a single room, track the commissions of which the two great masters were involved in Florence at the turn of the 16th century.
After the tour of the second floor, we reach the first one where the series of rooms that open in front of us house the Mannerists’ paintings beside those of the other 16th century’s art; the Mannerists stood out for having had an original way to reinterpret the manner of the great first Renaissance era. Among them, Bronzino’s paintings are of relevant importance. Another important collection of the Uffizi Gallery is that of the Painting of Veneto, with great artists such as Titian, Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese. We finish our tour of the museum with the paintings by Caravaggio, the father of ‘modern’ painting. Thanks to the multitude of its masterpieces, a Uffizi guided tour is not simply a museum visit, as it is an authentic journey in beauty.
The Medusa by Caravaggio
Annunciation by Simone Martini
This tour can also be done in combination with the other available tours on Siena and province and which can be consulted in the Menu or by clicking here.
The guide is not a tourist agency; therefore he cannot book external services (e.g. lunches or tastings) but only provide information and contacts for external services.
The guide does not provide transportation service; customers need to reach the meeting point established for the route on their own, as per the map above. For organized groups by bus, there are drop-off/drop-on points fro passengers in the urban centre of Florence (click here to view the points). The arrival to Siena by touristic bus requires the payment of a checkpoint (further information by clicking here).
The cost of the entrance ticket to the Uffizi Gallery is not included in the tour rate. A convenient way to access the museums or to use Florentine public transport is by the Firenze Card.
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