THE MAIN MUSEUMS
The main museums we suggest you visit during your stay in Florence are the Galleria dell’Accademia (where the statue of the David is – usually the visit is 45 to 90 minutes long) and the Uffizi (if you don’t visit the Vasari corridor which also includes the vist to this museum – where a lot of paintings from Botticelli and Raffaello are – usually the visit takes from 2 to 3 hours): these are the two “musts” one should never miss here – opening time 8,15 am 6,50 pm. Anyhow there is also a lot of other museums that are worth a visit and you can find them all here in this website http://www.firenzemusei.it/. The Bargello, the Galleria Palatina, and the Boboli Gardens.
Especially during high seasons museums can get very crowded, for example the two we mentioned before, can have sometimes four hours of queue to get in. And waiting in line is not really what one’s looking for during a vacation! During low season there aren’t usually long queues but if you don’t want to risk a little bit of a lining it is always better to reserve a ticket.
To avoid this, we can provide in advance tickets for you immediately. In order to do that we just need to know the exact date and time when you wish to enter a specific museums: Galleria degli Uffizi, Galleria dell’Accademia and some other museums are closed on Mondays, January the 1st, May the 1st, December the 25th. With those details we will get you a voucher for an immediate access to the museums without any line. The voucher will be waiting for you at the desk when you check-in. The reservation fee are Euro 4,00 per person for each museums this bringing the price for the Uffizi and for the Accademia to approx. Euro 10,50 each. Sometimes in the museums there are some special exhibition and so the total to pay will be Euro 14,00 each; to pay directly to the museums tickets office. Generally museum reservation should be done AT LEAST 40 days before your visit this to ensure we’ll be able to find the ticket as when high season approaches the limited number of available slots ends up very quickly.
For the museum reservation service we don’t charge anything. The 4,00 Euro reservation fee are charged by the museum ticket office, and you will pay directly there.
Here are the details we need to know to reserve for you:
Name of the museum:
Type of the visit (only ticket or ticket + tour):
Number of people:
Entrance hour required:
Alternative date/s required:
Alternative entrance hour/s required:
Otherwise you can by the Firenze Card for Euro 50,00. The card gives you access to more than 30 museums and it is valid exactly 72 hours from the activation (it gets activated the first time you use it by phisically entering one of the 30 museums). You will be entitled to visit permanent collections, exhibitions and other activities held in these museums. The card is personal and cannot be transferred, it gives you access to 30 museums once (you cannot visit the Uffizi twice with it). As for the queues, the website of this service, for which you find a link below, says “access to museums, with special reference to the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery, may be subjected to some delays, depending on the number of visitors” which means if you are the only people using a Firenze Card when you arrive at the museum you will find no line and walk in right away. But if there are 100 more people using that same card you will have to stand in line and wait for your turn. With this card you will be also enabled to use public transports free of charge. Check here all the details and how to buy it: – http://www.firenzecard.it/index.php?lang=en
We cannot buy this card for you: you can do it online or when you arrive at a museum.
TICKET + TOURS
We can find tours tickets for you too. Doing so the reservation would be guaranteed and you would also get a English guide who is going to show you the best masterpieces of the place.
FPT – Walking tour through the historical centre:
From 1st November to 31st March: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – by reservation only. Takes place rain or shine at 1,45 pm.
From 1st April to 31st OCtober: Daily with the exception of Mondays.Takes place rain or shine at 1,45 pm.
Meeting Via Brunelleschi 1 – in front of Hard Rock Cafe 15 minutes before the start.
Meeting Time: 15 minutes before the tour – 1 hour and 45 minutes
Fees: Euro 20 per person (free for under 14 year-olds when accompanied by an adult) – to be paid directly at the desk by cash.
This itinerary allows you to discover the origins of Florence and the reasons that made her the birthplace of the Renaissance. The tour, which lasts about 2 hours, is dedicated to all those who wish to learn more about the facts and secrets of over 2,000 years of Florentine history, city of Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and other important figures. We leave from Piazza della Repubblica where we discuss the city’s Roman origins and then walk towards nearby Palazzo Davanzati whose interior we shall visit. Afterwards we amble through some of the less crowded streets towards Ponte Vecchio and finally enter Piazza Signoria through the Uffizi courtyard. From this main piazza and civic centre our tour takes us past the Oratory of the Bonomini next to the house of Dante until we reach the city’s religious centre. The tour finishes with the Cathedral and the Baptistery of St. John.
FPT – The Academy
From 1st November to 31st March: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – by reservation only – Takes place rain or shine at 11,15 am.
From 1st April to 31st OCtober: Daily with the exception of Mondays when the gallery is closed.Takes place rain or shine at 11,15 am.
Meeting point: In front of Accademia Gallery entrance.
Meeting Time: 15 minutes before the tour – 1 hour
Fees: Euro 30,00 per person (free for under 6 year-olds) – museum ticket included – to be paid directly at the desk by cash.
The Academy houses Michelangelo’s famous David which for reasons of conservation was brought inside from Piazza Signoria, its original location, in 1873. Already in 1831 Michelangelo’s St. Matthew, created for display on the outside of Florence Cathedral, was displayed in this gallery. At the beginning of the 20th century these important statues were joined by the famous Prisoners, unfinished sculptures for the tomb of pope Julius II that still seem to struggle out of their blocks of marble. Later on the Piet? from Palestrina was also taken to the museum. The visit to the Academy thus offers a special occasion to get to know Michelangelo’s life and work, which your guide will elucidate in a lively manner.
The gallery also houses an important collection of Florentine paintings from the 14th to the 16th century, a collection of plaster casts of famous statues going back to the 19th century, and impressive holdings of Russian icons. At the end of the tour, the participants are welcome to remain in the galleries on their own until closing time.
FPT – The Uffizi Gallery
From 1st November to 31st March: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – by reservation only
From 1st April to 31st OCtober: Daily with the exception of Mondays when the gallery is closed.Takes place rain or shine at 3,30 pm.
Meeting point: Uffizi Gallery at gate #3
Meeting Time: 15 minutes before the tour – two hours
Fees: Euro 32,00 per person (free for under 6 year-olds) – museum ticket included – to be paid directly at the desk by cash.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous museums in the world, admired especially for its collection of Renaissance paintings. Your guide will explain the works of the greatest artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, speaking for example about Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and so forth. You will learn the secrets of the artist’s craft, his techniques, his tools. You can also follow “the money” by hearing about guilds and bankers. The Renaissance in Florence centres on Medici patronage: you will learn how they sponsored artistic projects and commissioned the works now displayed in the Uffizi. Looking at the most famous artworks of the period, you will understand why Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance. At the end of the tour, the participants can remain in the galleries until closing time.
FPT – Florence in one day
Euro 73,00. This tour include 3 tours: Walking tour through the historical centre, The Academy Gallery tour and The Uffizi Gallery Tour.
From 1st November to 31st March: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – by reservation only – Takes place rain or shine at 11,15 am
From 1st April to 31st OCtober: Daily with the exception of Mondays.Takes place rain or shine at 11,15 am
Meeting point at 11,00 In front of Accademia Gallery entrance.
You will have from 12,15pm until 1,30pm after this first museum to walk around and have a lunch.
Second Meeting Via Brunelleschi 1 – in front of Hard Rock Cafe 15 minutes before the start.
THE VASARIAN CORRIDOR AND THE UFFIZI GALLERY – (November 2012 to February 2013 – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays). (March to October 2013 – Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursday, Fridays and Sundays) (November 2013 to February 2014 – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays).
Visiting the VASARIAN CORRIDOR, among the various possibilities in Florence, is one of the best things. But due to the fact that it almost never opens to the public and because of the high costs of manteinance this visit is almost a dream. There are available some shared tours for small groups of people.
High above the streets of Florence and its famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, sits the Vasari Corridor. Built by Cosimo I, Grand Duke of the Medici, the Corridor served as a private walkway between his old dwelling, the Palazzo Vecchio, his office, the Uffizi, his church, Santa Felicita, and his new home, the Palazzo Pitti. Over the years the passageway has survived floods and nearby bombings and has become a restricted area under the care of the Galleria degli Uffizi. The Corridor is only accessible by advance reservation and entrances are extremely limited. Most people can only gaze up at the passageway from the streets below or the bridges that cross the Arno, but now you can reserve a guided tour through this historically exclusive passage. Not only will you experience Florence in a way that only the Medici could, but you will also view the the remnants of the Medici collection of art and the Uffizi’s vast collection of self-portraits, by artists such as Delacroix, Ingres, Bernini, and Rubens. All Vasari Tours have english speaking guide assisting you and explaining all the masterpieces you will find. Price includes: 3 hours guided service in English (Uffizi and Corridor), extraordinary open of the Vasarian Corridor, entrance and booking fees.
The price for this tour is Euro 85,00 per person. You will pay a deposit by cash at the front desk and the balance at the meeting point. Tour start at 3,15 pm end at 6,15 pm. Kid 6-12 50% reduction.
CANCELATION POLICY: Cancelations or alterations require a minimum Three (3) days notice prior the meeting time. Failure to do so will result in the cost of the service being charged