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UFFIZI GALLERY GUIDED TOUR

Language: English
Frequency: every day except Monday
From 1 November to 31 March, this tour takes place only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 
Starting time: 3.30 pm
Duration: about 1 hour and 45 minutes
Price: 40,00 euro per person in low season. From March to October, 48,00 euro.

Price includes: guided tour, pre-booking fee, ticket and earphones for groups with more than 15 participants.
This tour will take place rain or shine and from 1 participant onwards

Children: free under 6 years of age

Meeting point with your guide:  in front of door N. 3 of the Uffizi Gallery. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour starting time.
MAJOR ADVANTAGE: the visit uses only one single language at a time. Timed Entry, no need to queue. Don’t waste precious time waiting in long lines. Enter with us.

Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour in English: itinerary details

Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour in English

Our Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour in English starts with the east corridor on the second floor. The ancient sculptures arranged along the corridor depict the busts of the most famous Roman emperors, placed opposite the statues of their consorts. On the walls are exposed two series of paintings, those of smaller size form the so-called Giovo Series, and representing the illustrious characters of the past; the biggest ones make up the Aulica Series, in which the members of the Medici family are portrayed.

So we enter the first room of our Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour in English: the Sala delle Maestà. Here, there are three magnificent altarpieces. On the left stands the Rucellai Madonna painted in 1285 by Duccio di Buoninsegna, on the right Cimabue with the Santa Trinità Maestà built in 1280, in the centre the room the Madonna Enthroned (also known as Ognissanti Madonna) one of the most famous masterpieces of Giotto 1300s.

The visit continues in Room 3 where we can admire the Annunciation by Simone Martini, one of the most important examples of Sienese Gothic painting, in which it is possible to perceive a hint of perspective in the pavement drawing.

Michelangelo at the Uffizi Gallery: the Doni Tondo

Due to the acclaim that met the Pietà in Rome, Michelangelo upon returning to Florence was bombarded with commissions, among them, as has been seen, the crucially important one for the David . The other works from this most intense Florentine period are: another bronze David (now lost) for the French Marshal Pierre de Rohan; the twelve Apostles commissioned by the Wool Guild for the Florentine Cathedral, of which only a Saint Matthew was to be roughed out; the Madonna and the Child bought by the Mouscron family from Bruges for their chapel in the Notre-Dame Church in the Flemish city; the Pitti Tondo and the Taddei Tondo, so called from the names of their clients, as well as the very famous work that introduced Michelangelo as a painter, the Doni Tondo (now at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence); and lastly, the unfinished Battle of Cascina.

Tondo_Doni_UffiziThe Doni Tondo is considered to be the only panel painting by Michelangelo although some experts are also inclined to attribute to the artist a few paintings accomplished before the masterpiece now in the Uffizi, such as the so-called Manchester Madonna, now at the National Gallery in London and, with more caution, the Deposition in the Tomb from the same museum.

The Holy Family of the Doni Tondo was painted for Agnolo Doni and his wife Maddalena Strozzi, perhaps on the occasion of their marriage, celebrated between 1503 and 1504 or, it has been suggested, some years later, between 1506 and 1507; in any case, some time around that 1506, when another great artist of the period, Raphael, painted splendid portraits of the married couple. The composition on a round support follow the most typical 15th century Florentine tradition, having been used, for example, in the Madonna of the Pomegranate by Sandro Botticelli and the Madonna of Humility by Luca Signorelli, from which Michelangelo obviously drew some inspiration.

 

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Uffizi Tour: the Itinerary

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous museums in the world, and it is housed in the former “uffizi” or “offices” of the Medici Family.  Your knowledgeable guide will explain the works of the greatest artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and many more.  You will recognize and see close-up original world-famous paintings that you have seen all your life in books, magazines, and on TV. You can learn the secrets of the artists’ craft, techniques and tools.  Looking at the most famous artworks of the period, you can understand why Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance. Personalize your museum experience. At the end of the tour, you  do not have to rush away.  You can remain in the museum until closing time, so you have plenty of opportunity to make your list of personal favourites. 

 
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