Take part in this exclusive Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour and get inside the gallery via the opulent Palazzo Vecchio - no queuing involved! Since the queues in front of Palazzo Vecchio are much less overwhelming, you will be able to get in quicker than into the Uffizi. Inside the palace, before you head on through the secret corridor to the museum, our guide will take you on a quick tour of its most important rooms. You can admire Apartments of Leo X with 16th-century frescoes; Salone Dei Cinquecento with a sculpture by Michelangelo; Terrace of Saturn with lovely views of the city; and the Chapel of the Grand Duchess Eleonora.
After a quick guided tour of Palazzo Vecchio highlights, the tour will go on to cross a quaint overhead bridge connecting the palace and gallery. Hence, you will avoid the long queues in front of Uffizi. During the following hour and a half, our licensed guide will lead you on an informative Uffizi Gallery tour comprising all the highlights of its art collection including works by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Botticelli.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most popular museums not only in Florence but also Italy as a whole. More than 1.5 million curious travelers pass through its halls each year. The eternally long queues outside the gallery are notorious to all Florentines. Even people with the skip-the-line Uffizi tickets often spend about a half an hour making their way through.
Booking our Uffizi Gallery virtual tour with fast-track access via Palazzo Vecchio will save you all that hassle. Plus, you will get a sneak peek into another Florentine landmark. Getting inside the Uffizi Gallery has never been more interesting! Though the passage through the palace is brisk, it takes you through several of its most stunning rooms.
Palazzo Vecchio, the old Florentine town hall, came into existence towards the end of the 13th century. When the Medici family came to power, the palace was transformed into a ducal residence by Cosimo I. He commissioned Giorgio Vasari to do the honors.
Besides the palace reconstruction, Vasari also built a secret corridor linking the Palazzo Vecchio with the then new office building - today's Uffizi Gallery. It also linked to the new ducal residence on the other bank of the Arno River, Palazzo Pitti. Today, the corridor linking Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi is accessible to visitors.
So, Uffizi original purpose wasn't to become a museum. Contrary to the cultural significance it carries today, Uffizi was to serve as offices for Florentine judges and merchants. The idea of gallery came into motion when Francesco I de Medici, son of Cosimo, set up a private Gallery in the rooftop loggia. Each new generation of the Medici family enriched the collection with new artworks. Until, in 1743, the last surviving member of the dynasty, Anna Maria Luisa de Medici, donated the whole collection to the city. There was only one condition... The collection was never to leave Florence. We also recommend you to buy Accademia tickets or tour as it's one of the most visited galleries in Florence.