Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour
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Location: Florence, Italy
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
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)
- 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
Daily, except Monday
11:30am: Accademia Gallery 4:30pm: Uffizi Gallery
- Entrance fees
- Local guide
- Professional guide
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- 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
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Schedule and Pricing
Tuscany and Florence
Inside the Uffizi Gallery
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.
Note: Tours may be delayed or run late. Please plan accordingly.
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We were delighted to be able to Skip the Line at the Accademia and Uffizi Gallery and the guides were very informative. Will recommend it to my friends when visiting Florence.
Anne M C
Both on time, some queuing but not too bad. Guides were excellent
Excellent tour. Both guides were very good with lots of information. It was very crowded at both places and this was a good way to get through both museums and see everything you need to. One piece of information would be helpful though because even with the skip the line you are going to have to wait in line at the Accademia. There is always a line even for groups.
A great tour, with such knowledgeable guides, Federica for Accademia, and Deborah for Uffizi and Palazzo Vecchio. A must with skip the line otherwise you wait for hours.
Fabulous - our tour guide added so much to the tour -- a definite must
We really enjoyed this day. The 2 tours were split so it gave us time to do our own things in the middle of the day. Our tour guide was informative and friendly.
5 Stars. Tour guides were outstanding. Content and length of tours, just right. Would recommend to all first time visitors to Florence.
This seems to me to be the only way to see both of these fine buildings - the lines outside for tickets are daunting. We met first at the Accademia where our fantastic guide introduced us to the work of Michelangleo. I didn't catch his name but he was enthusiastic and knowledgable and a delight to be with. Of course the David was splendid as were the other pieces of art. Initally we were to meet at 4:30 at the Uffizi but due to an early closing we met at 2:45 - I think this might have been why it was so very crowded according to our guide. Our afternoon guide was a young woman who knew her art and passed along her enthusiasm. The pieces we viewed were wonderful, but what surprised me was the beauty of the building itself and the fabulous views. The tour also benefits from the use of audio whisperers so you can wander a bit away from the guide while still hearing him/her. Skipping the line and spending time with a guide who knows the art is well worth it.
Very nice experience
It is true that you beat the line
Not to be missed, this was seeing the David and the Masters work in the Uffizi will be with me for the rest of my life. Our guide was great and would do this tour again.
It is a good option to skip line. Lunch is good. The guide was very good in Uffizi and poor in Academia. The tour to Academia has been delayed and not extended for that time. I would suggest to buy those tours separately.
Met our guide Antonio at Galleria. He was passionate about art, sculpture and he bought the statues to life. He is an asset to Firenze. Then onto Uffizi where we met Laura our guide who took us round to all the galleries where we saw all the famous artworks. Both Galleria and Uffizi have large queues well worth using this approach to skip the line to save time if on a city break.
These tours were exceptionally good, with wonderful guides who were full of information, very clearly explained and made everything so interesting, could have gone on for hours. We loved them both.
Very knowledgeable art historians as guides. Excellent tour of the best works.
Great guide, very knowledgeable and friendly.
Wonderful tours of beautiful galleries. We enjoyed having free time between to grab lunch, shop, and explore more of the city. David, at the Accademia, exceeds expectations as does Birth of Venus at Uffizi!
Excellent in every way. It was easy to find the group when we arrived at the designated meeting place and both of the tour guides were wonderful!!! We were able to by pass the long lines to get into the museums and the sound system allowed us to hear everything that our guides were telling us. These tours made our trip even more wonderful! I would recommend these tours to anyone visiting Florence.
So much to see but so beautiful!!
Nice that it was broken up so there was time to enjoy Florence for lunch and shopping. It would be too much to do both museums back to back. The guides were fun and educational. The skip the line was definitely quick at the Uffizi at the Academia, it was about 75 minutes, but the other line of people who did not reserve there was a wait of about 3-4 hours.Great way to get a taste and understand and see the masterpieces like the David.
Meeting was good and the guides excellent for both. They are must do activities. The tours are pretty short so do them over two days so that you can stay in the galleries after the tour. Each gallery could easily take a day.
Excellent guide. Really enjoyed tours. David is a must see!
A definite must if you want to see the highlights of the museums in the most efficient manner.
Excellent guides who were very knowledgeable and a great lunch included