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 your chosen departure time, 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
Accademia Gallery: 10:15 or 11:30am depending on the chosen option Uffizi Gallery: 4:30pm
- 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
Accademia Gallery, central Florence
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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This combined tour gave us two great, memorable tours in one day. Highly recommended! In the morning at the Accademia, our guide Antonio was articulate and witty, and very knowledgeable about art, especially Michelangelo. He kept us informed and entertained during the pre-entry delays. Once in the Galleries, he explained several of the major paintings and sculptures in the galleries before we entered the David Gallery. Instead of rushing us up to this magnificent sculpture, Antonio took time to describe Michelangelo's personality, beliefs and the fame he achieved during his long lifetime - this all helped interpret the unfinished Michelangelo sculptures of the Slaves, St Matthew and the Pieta that we passed on our the way to David. Again, Antonio took time to draw attention to some of the key details of this magnificent sculpture - and then he left us to admire this and other treasures in the Accademia - we were delighted by the gallery of plaster casts and the display of ancient instruments which housed, amongst other items, an early piano invented in Florence! and several violins and cellos by Stradivarius and Guaneri!.
Our Uffizi Galleries tour later in the afternoon was lead by Frederica, a charming enthusiastic art historian who was passionate about the major art-pieces she described to us as we toured the corridors and galleries of the Uffizi. There are so many to choose from, and so many highlights, but we felt the selection of key artworks was just right. Frederica's descriptions and explanations of each were excellent!
It was a delight seeing so many famous pieces and having them explained and described by such an enthusiastic, passionate art specialist.
Each of the two tours was excellent in its own right but, taken together, they provided an outstanding overview of some of the world's greatest works of art, especially when explained so ably by such knowledgeable guides. Highly recommended!
This was definitely one of my favorites... easy to navigate and so much to see! The Accademia and Uffizi are a must -- be sure to book a tour or plan to stand in line for hours, plus the tour guides are so informative! I loved the market place with all the leather goods and wine shops! We found language was not a problem. We had been warned of pick-pockets, but think if you're aware of your belongings it's not a problem .. don't look like an easy target! Overall, would love to travel there again!
Amazing Tour!! The art will leaving you speechless. The Statue of David is a MUST SEE!!
Excellent tour ESPECIALLY because very knowledgeable and charming guide in the afternoon, at the Uffizi!
We had the best tour guide ever. He really did an excellent job,.
M L W
first time visiting Italy. this was the highlight of my trip. Great guides and wonderful information.
Florence was our favourite destination and we really enjoyed our tours of both the Uffizi and Accademia. There really no words to describe David and the rest of the treasures we saw.
Wonderful small group tours. Excellent guide!
Wonderful Florence - made to come alive by our wonderful guide. I can't remember his name but he was funny- interesting and entertaining!!
Mrs. S C Reekie R
Excellent guide although a little too long was spent on David making less time for anything else. Well worth skipping the line. We had the lunch too which was a great social occasion.
Both guides were amazing and brought everything to life. The lunch before we did the ufuzzi was amazing. Will recommend Viatour to all of our friends. You are great.
These are two museums you do not want to miss. The skip the line feature is a real time saver and our two guide were wonderful. The guide to the Uffuzi was particularly knowledgeable, friendly and funny. It really made seeing these museums special.
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.