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Florence: 4-Hours Skip-the-Line David & Uffizi Express

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This tour will take you to two of the biggest attractions (‘David’ and the Uffizi Gallery) in a single, highlight filled morning. This is the perfect way to pack most of the must-sees into a few short hours and still have your afternoon free to wander.
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Duration: 4 hours
Starting times 8:45 AM, 9:15 AM
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  • See the two most popular sites in Florence - Michelangelo’s ‘David’ and the Uffizi Gallery - without waiting in line in the most efficient way
  • Be accompanied by a passionate expert guide who will help you get so much more from your experience throughout the morning
  • Beat the crowds to see Michelangelo’s ‘David’ with early entrance at the Accademia Gallery
  • Visit the Uffizi Gallery where you will find Italy’s most impressive Renaissance collection and see the best of the collection in just 2-hours
  • Walk between the Accademia and the Uffizi and pass many of important sights which your guide will give you background on
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Your tour will start early, near the Accademia Gallery, where you’ll meet your group of maximum 14 fellow travelers and your expert, local guide. With one of the first entrance tickets at the Accademia, you’ll head right inside and see Michelangelo’s ‘David’ before much of the crowds show up. David is one of the greatest single works of art in the world. As you stand beneath him, your guide will tell you the story of his creation, as well as the story of its creator, the mercurial genius, Michelangelo Buonarroti. You’ll also learn what makes the statue great in the eyes of so many and the way it has changed the way art and life in general is viewed. On the way out, you’ll pause by Michelangelo’s unfinished ‘Slaves’ to see the signs of his artistic process and learn more about the struggle that consumed much of his life.

From the Accademia, it will only be a 15 minute walk to the Uffizi Gallery, but you’ll pack a lot of sights into a little city strolling. Chief among them will be the Piazza del Duomo. Here, you’ll stand in the shadow of one of the largest domes in the world and learn how the colossal church beneath it was designed and built by a group of Renaissance geniuses who were as quarrelsome as they were visionary. You’ll also see the famous Florence Baptistery doors cast in bronze by Lorenzo Ghiberti and admired so much by Michelangelo that he dubbed them the ‘Gates of Paradise.’ You’ll also see the Palazzo Vecchio, one of the main palaces of the powerful Medici family, whose money was one of the driving forces behind the Renaissance, plus the outdoor sculpture gallery at Palazzo della Signoria.

Finally, you’ll head inside the Uffizi Gallery, home to the world’s greatest collection of Renaissance paintings. It’s also one of the most overwhelming collections in the world, often stifling visitors with art fatigue. Don’t worry; the guides have spent years studying the collection and have picked a lineup of the most significant, interesting and just plain beautiful paintings in the museum. The works you visit are arranged chronologically, so your visit will end up being a crash course in the development of Western art, including lesser known works by artists like Duccio and Giotto, and bona fide classics by artists like Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael and da Vinci. By the time you finish, you won’t just have seen an art museum, you’ll have gained a better understanding of European art. With the tour finishing up just before lunch, your guide will happily give you some recommendations on where to eat and what to see if you want to keep exploring. Florence is a small city packed with attractions, so now that you’ve seen the two big ones, you can concentrate on diving deeper into the history, culture and cuisine of this Italian jewel.
  • Expert tour guide
  • Skip-the-line tickets to Florence Accademia (David)
  • Skip-the-line tickets to Uffizi
  • Headsets
  • Small group tour (max. 14 people)
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (appreciated but never obligatory)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

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Meeting point

In Piazza San Marco, by the statue in the middle of the square.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Unfortunately, guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour
• Comfortable walking shoes recommended
• Please note that guests can only carry small handbags inside the Accademia. Larger backpacks and big pointy umbrellas are not allowed
• Please also note there is no cloakroom inside the Accademia Gallery

From US$ 101.44 per person

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Product ID: 137366