Uffizi Walking Seminar in Florence

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What You'll Do
  • Visit the greatest collection of Renaissance artwork in the world with the help of an expert guide
  • Learn about the history and evolution of Florentine art
This guided walking tour of the Uffizi Gallery is led by a local art historian and professor. Take the opportunity to share in deep knowledge of this renowned collection, and discuss the art's beauty as well as its social and political context.
What to Expect
The Uffizi Gallery holds perhaps the collection of Renaissance artwork in the world. First created by Cosimo de' Medici I as office space for Florentine magistrates, this immense space soon began housing the resplendent art collection of the Medici family and was officially open for public viewing in the late 18th century.

During the course of our three-hour guided tour, we will be led by an art historian who will share their deep knowledge of this renowned collection and will discuss not only the objective beauty of the works but their technical, political, and social significance, as well as their context within the whole of Renaissance society.

The itinerary begins in Piazza Signoria with an overview of the historical and architectural context of the Uffizi palace and a discussion of the early period of the Florentine Renaissance, laying the groundwork for themes we will discuss in depth once inside.

From the piazza, we will enter the museum with a timed appointment and spend two and a half hours immersed in one of the greatest art collections in the world, including works by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Giotto, and Da Vinci.

Using the gallery as a text, your guide will narrate the history and evolution of Florentine art starting from the revolutionary new techniques introduced by Cimabue and Giotto, through the apex of harmony and naturalism, as symbolized by Botticelli and Lippi and ending with the exaggerated Mannerism of Parmigianino and Bronzino.
We will spend considerable time contextualizing these works within a discussion of the history of the city and movements within the entire history of art in general. We will also look at the wider implications of these works in the social and political developments of the time.

The goal of this walk is not to race through the corridors in an attempt to see "everything" but, instead, to observe select works in depth, in order to gain a full appreciation of their artistic and historical significance.
What's Included
  • Admission to the Uffizi (must be purchased at check-out for private tour, included in standard tour)
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Meeting Point

We will meet in front of the gelateria at #3 Via Vacchereccia. Via Vacchereccia is a small street that enters Piazza Signoria right next to Caffe Rivoire. The gelateria is across the street from Rivoire and has a sign for "Caffe Mokarico." The small, electrical "B" bus line runs right nearby. The itinerary will begin with a brief overview of the piazza and the Uffizi palace. Your timed entry for the galleries has been set for one half hour after this rendezvous, so please don't be late, as it may affect the rest of our itinerary. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
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Please note that museum entrances must be purchased at check-out for every guest on this tour. If you do not purchase museum entrances, you will not be able to participate in this tour and no refund will be provided.

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Product ID: 14940