Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour

Explore Florence’s two must-visit art museums – the Accademia and Uffizi galleries – on this Florence combo tour! Start with a morning skip-the-line access and guided tour of the Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) to see Michelangelo’s statue of 'David' as well as other treasures, and then spend four hours at leisure (or select the option that includes lunch), either roaming the rooms of the gallery or strolling around the city before your next tour. In the afternoon, skip the lines of the Uffizi Gallery, and explore it on a walking tour. Learn about the famous Renaissance artists of Italy and see highlights like Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Annunciation.’

What You Can Expect

Visit the Accademia and Uffizi galleries!
Visit the Accademia and Uffizi galleries!

Accademia Gallery (1 hour and 15 minutes):
Start outside the Accademia Gallery at 11:30am, and then head past the entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket and guide. As you walk, listen to stories about the bounty of artwork contained inside the gallery's walls. Works by Michelangelo are given pride of place, and your guide’s commentary focuses on the artist. Admire his unfinished sculptures – Prigioni and San Matteo – and then gaze in awe at the statue of David that dominates the central gallery.

Created by Michelangelo when he was just in his twenties, David was sculpted just after he carved La Pietà. Made from local Carrara marble, the statue of the nude biblical hero is incredible with life-like muscles carved to precision. Explore rooms that showcase works by Botticelli and Lippi, and learn about the characteristics of Renaissance art that are prevalent throughout the gallery.

After your tour finishes, spend four hours at leisure or you can choose to end this part of the tour with lunch at a restaurant in the town center (optional). Remain inside the gallery if you wish.

Uffizi Gallery (1 hour and 30 minutes):
Meet your guide at 4:30pm and head inside with your skip-the-line ticket, and start exploring the gallery’s treasure trove of art. Housed in a large horseshoe-shaped building, the Uffizi Gallery’s history is as fascinating to hear about as the works inside it. Built as Florence’s judiciary offices, the palace was decorated with fine art by the ruling Medici family. After their dynasty fell in the 18th century, the palace was opened to the public and has remained popular ever since.

Like the Accademia Gallery, the Uffizi Gallery’s claim to fame is its wealth of Renaissance artwork, and your guide will talk you through its most interesting rooms. Admire early Renaissance treasures by Giotto, and then stroll through halls dedicated to Michelangelo, da Vinci, Caravaggio and Raphael – artists regarded as masters of their time. Learn about highlights like da Vinci’s Annunciation and Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, and then explore the gallery’s upper level to see Caravaggio’s works.

Your tour finishes inside the gallery, but you can stay inside for another hour to browse the art independently.

Sample Light Lunch Menu:

  • Toasted bread with tomato. 2 First courses; Macaroni with Bolognese sauce (or tomato and basil sauce as vegetarian option) Penne with pesto sauce
  • Homemade dessert or cofee
  • Water and glass of wine (Chianti or Trebbiano)

Children Menu:

  • 2 First courses; Macaroni with Bolognese sauce (or tomato and basil sauce as vegetarian option) - Penne with pesto sauce
  • Homemade dessert or Ice-cream
  • Water or orange juice
Please note: Children menu will be paid at the restaurant directly.

Days of Service

Daily, except Monday

Meeting Time

11:30am: Accademia Gallery 4:30pm: Uffizi Gallery

Details

Inclusions

  • Entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • When booking a tour including the lunch for a child under 5 years old, this one will be payable directly at the restaurant only
Voucher Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Schedule and Pricing

Departure Point

Tuscany and Florence

Duration:

Varies

Return Details

Inside the Uffizi Gallery

Policy:

Refunds, when possible, must be requested at least 4 business days prior to the travel date. Refunds are subject to a 7% administration fee. The Rail Protection Plan™ does not apply.

11:30 AMTour
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Skip the Line: Florence Accademia starting at 11:30am and Uffizi Gallery Tour starting at 4:30pm From
$ 82.48
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Skip the Line: Florence Accademia starting at 11:30am, finish the tour and go for lunch. Start your Uffizi Gallery Tour at 4:30pm From
$ 97.16

Customer Reviews

kathryn c

June 2015

Great tour. Our guide Rebecca was very knowledgeable and clearly pretty passionate about the museum and its pieces. Definitely recommend!

Christopher C

June 2015

What an awesome tour! We had two different guides, a lady in the meaning and Marchello for the afternoon tour!

Both were animated and had great sense of humor!

They made the tour so worthwhile!

Charles N

June 2015

Great tours, both of them. Great tour guides, with great English. Skipping the lines is awesome and the lines were incredibly long. This is the only way to go. Lunch, well it wasn't special, but it was filling!

Jennifer G

June 2015

Excellent tour! I was very happy we had a guide. Meeting our guide was a quick process. After we met we had to wait in line to get our tickets but our guide handled everything. It was nice having a guide - I was concerned it would be information overload but she explained a lot of key pieces and I left feeling very satisfied and knowledge. Sometimes in crowed rooms it was hard to find her. It would be nice like some of the tour companies to have flags so you can always find your guide. Our guide was a historian and full of knowledge. She was wonderful!

LuAnn G

June 2015

Wonderful tour! Great tour guide and excellent food and wine! Only complaint is that the bus ride is EXTREMELY bumpy. New shocks on the bus are definitely in order. Those with car sickness should avoid this tour due to the bumpiness and twists and turns.

Randheer S

June 2015

Elena was superb. She is extremely knowledgeable about the Uffizi, Florence, Art and history. She is passionate and seems very interested in her job and the tour. She is patient and takes her time.

George S

June 2015

very very very indepth.....you'll learn more than you can imagine

Nancy Fly G

June 2015

We had different guides with completely different styles for each segment, and yet each was thoroughly enjoyable, informed, and accurate with their historical details. We were very glad that we signed up for this tour with a nice break for lunch. Thank you!!!

Marsha

June 2015

we had 2 different guides, one for the Academia and another for the Uffizi. Both spoke perfect English and both were absolutely fantastic. The young, enthusiastic woman for the Accademia gave us a wonderful taste of the museum away from the room with the David and the Slaves. She built up interest and energy and anticipation before we entered the room with David. Really fun and very informative.

Matthew T

June 2015

The Viator connection in Florence were wonderful in that I had mixed up the dates of our reservation and they took care of it on the spot with a smile! I would recommend them again. David was the highlight of the Accademia and our tour guide was helpful but seemed a little unsure of herself. The tour guide for the Uffizi was a different person. He was outstanding and made this museum come to life! it was great that these 2 tours were several hour apart from each other to break up the day!

Dennis M. H

May 2015

both tours were excellent. the guides were knowledgeable and engaged the participants. they related art to history and the present. well worth the money.

Eugenia R

June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Lisa M

April 2015

Very knowledgable guide

rita g

April 2015

very expensive, but well organised and the 2 guides made it worth it

Nina P

April 2015

Antonio was a great tour guide full of knowledge about Florence history. He made our wait in front of the museums much more interesting.

Andrea H

April 2015

Wow, we knew there was a lot to see in Florence but really had no idea how much. Both our guides for the Accademia and Uffizzi Gallery were knowledgeable and entertaining. Our guide in the afternoon at the Uffizi Gallery had a great sense of humor and set expectations well focusing on Florentine/Italian history and artists. We definitely recommend this tour with the lunch.

Anthony C

April 2015

Apart from a little mix up as to the Accademia meeting point the whole experience was excellent.The tour guide Antonio was interesting, knowledgeable and had an excellent command of English.

Donna P

April 2015

These tours were great! Seeing the David was really special. We thoroughly enjoyed these two tours and highly recommend them. Our tour guide, Jessica I think that's her name, was extremely knowledgeable and we really appreciated her guidance.

Ashlyn Y

April 2015

This tour was amazing! Of course the Accademia has the main highlight: David. But the Uffizi is huge and the tour is longer than expected, plus you'll get a chance to see more famous paintings. I definitely recommend this one!

Frederick F

April 2015

Great guides. Being able to schedule both locations at different times worked out great

Heidi L

April 2015

Our tour guide Asandria? was fantastic! She was so knowledgeable spoke wonderful English and went above and beyond to make our tour a memorable experience! She made the tour:

lauriedudziak

April 2015

Skipping the lines was great and I really liked the headsets used so that we could stand comfortably near without having to crowd around the guide to hear what was being said. I would have liked a little extra time in the Uffizi Gallery after the guided tour....would suggest starting that one 30-60 minutes earlier that would still leave plenty of time to wander the Accademia and get lunch before meeting at the Uffizi. Overall, great tours with interesting guides.

Elizabeth M

March 2015

Very informative. Enjoyed skipping the lines! The guide was great!

Molly C

March 2015

On all of our tours in Italy this was in the top 2, great tour and great guides!