Guided Tour of the Uffizi Gallery

Guided Tour of the Uffizi Gallery

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      Pisa, Italy
      14 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 59
      • Uffizi Gallery: Frequented by over a million visitors each year, this resplendent Renaissance art museum is rivaled in popularity among Italian museums only by the Vatican.
      • Master works: See the greatest Florentine, Italian, Dutch and Flemish masters. View originals by Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and many more.
      • Expert local guides: Learn about the craft of the artist, see firsthand the artists' techniques and tools, and gain insights into the boom of Florence as the cultural center of Europe.

      Meeting point

      Please meet your representative at your shuttle bus pick up point. This will be at Piazza Daniele Manin, (in front of MC Donald's), in Pisa.

      Helpful hints

      This tour can not operate on Mondays or on the first Sunday of every month. Lunch is on your own.

      Getting around

      There is a moderate amount of walking and standing on this tour. This tour is wheelchair accessible.

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Scenic, Cultural, Tickets, Full Day

      Transportation used

      Air-conditioned minivan or coach

      Included amenities

      Round trip shuttle service from Pisa
      Entrance to the Uffizi Gallery Museum and visit with monolingual guide
      Walking tour of Florence
      GEarphones for groups of more than 15 participants

      Languages

      English, French, German, Spanish

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-ITA-PISA-EN-1015

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages. Travelers 5 years of age and under can participate free of charge.

      Though the Uffizi Gallery may be the most resplendent palace you have ever laid eyes on, it originally had a far less glamorous function. As the name Uffizi ("offices") would suggest, this breathtaking structure was originally an administrative building, a "city hall" built by the renowned Medici banking family.

      Even so, the Medicis had style. Not only did they invest the greatest architecture of the time in building their offices, they even painstakingly constructed a passageway through the rooftops of Florence so they could walk from their home at the Pitti Palace to the Uffizi without setting foot in the street. Called the Vasari Corridor after its designer, this passageway is no mere catwalk: over half a mile long, it arches over the streets of Florence, spans the Ponte Vecchio bridge, and is itself a marvel to behold, lined with paintings, sculpture, and beautiful architecture.

      And yet residents of Florence soon discovered that having the Medicis off the streets did little to keep these rulers out of the locals' hair. Their fondness for the Vasari Corridor not only prompted the Medicis to outlaw butchers from the shops on the bridge (replacing them with the more aesthetically pleasing shops of goldsmiths), but it also resulted in a battle with the owners of the Manelli Tower as they attempted to modify the august structure to accommodate their new passageway (they ultimately settled for snaking the passageway around the tower).

      But perhaps the most outrageous modification was the balcony the Medicis cut from their passageway into the church of Santa Felicita itself. Their reasoning? They wanted to be able to go to mass en route to their offices... without actually having to attend.

      Artifacts in arms

      In 1993, the Uffizi Gallery was damaged when a Fiat van packed with explosives exploded, destroying three famous paintings, collapsing a 258-year-old building, and killing five people. It turned out that the Gallery and other cultural spots had been targeted by the Mafia in retaliation for a government crackdown. The irony was that the explosives used were themselves museum pieces: including TNT salvaged from a World War II shipwreck by a Sicilian fisherman.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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