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Uffizi Gallery – Florence

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The stunning Renaissance Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery) is one of the most famous and old museums in the world.

When the building was designed it was meant to house the Florentine magistrates’ offices, from here the world Uffizi that in Old Italian mean offices. To realize his project in 1560 Cosimo I de’ Medici hired Giorgio Vasari, one of the most celebrated artists and architects of the time. It took more than twenty years to complete the building, other two architects were involved: Alfonso Parigi and Bernardo Buontalenti.

The idea of Cosimo I was to use the building partly for the administrative offices of the city and partly to display a selection of the family art collections. When Francis I became Grand Duke of Tuscany he asked Buontalenti to build the stunning Tribuna degli Uffizi in order to showcase an even bigger amount of art pieces. The unique collection displayed in the Tribuna became one of the principal attractions of the Grand Tour, a very popular trip of Europe among the European Upper-class.

The Medici Family art collections never stop growing; the building was remodeled many times in order to accommodate the new pieces of art. Vasari wrote that artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo where spending time in the Uffizi for inspiration.

When, after centuries of dominion, the Medici Family extinguished their stunning collections were donated to the city of Florence; the Uffizi was probably one of the first modern museums created.

Since the 16th century it was possible to visit the Uffizi Gallery by request, by the end of the 18th century the museum was opened to the general public. The collection is so vast that it is not possible to display every single piece of art; in the recent past some of the art works were moved in other Florence’s museum in order to be more appropriately showcase.

Things to see

The incredible number of art pieces are displayed chronologically; visitor can get lost admiring unique masterpieces like Giotto and Cimabue paintings, Masaccio and Piero della Francesca works or the famous and breathtaking Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli!

It is also possible to book a visit to the Vasari Corridor that connected The Uffizi Gallery with Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti. Long over a kilometer the Corridor is embellished by 17th and 18th century paintings. The views of Florence from its windows are simply spectacular!

Today the Uffizi Gallery is among the most famous attractions of Florence with almost two millions visitors every year.

Ponte Vecchio

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Renowned the world over, the ancient medieval stone bridge Ponte Vecchio casts a familiar reflection over the waters of the Arno River, in Florence. Ponte Vecchio was built and destroyed many times since Roman times, although it did not begin to look as it does today until the mid 14th century following a terrible flood. The shops today host jewelers and souvenir sellers but they once hosted butchers and fishmongers, turning the bridge into a real market hub.

Composed of three wide segmental arches, Ponte Vecchio is lined on both sides by its famous shops, some of which have expanded sections, called “retrobotteghe” (“back shops”), that face out to the river, supported by wooden brackets. At each corner of the bridge was once a tower to protect it, though now only one, Torre dei Mannelli, remains. Today, a gelato shop occupies the bottom floor.

Things to see

In 1565, the architect Giorgio Vasari built a corridor to connect Palazzo Vecchio with Palazzo Pitti at the behest of Cosimo I de’Medici, who wished to avoid mingling with his subjects. Now called Vasari’s Corridor, this passage goes through the Uffizi Gallery toward the Arno River, crossing above the Ponte Vecchio, and then follows the river’s bank until it reaches the Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti.

During World War II, Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge that had not been destroyed by the German army, though it sustained considerable damage when they blocked access on both sides by bombing the nearby buildings. As a result, the surrounding structures are much more modern than the rest in the area, following a hasty reconstruction process during the 1950s.

Private Lungarno Walking Tour

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$35.74

tour duration

2 1/2 Hours

start time

10:00 AM

02:00 pm

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, sun

meeting point

ognissanti square, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Your private guide will meet you in Piazza Ognissanti for a two and a half hour walking tour of the gorgeous Lungarni!

The Lungarni were built during the second half of the 19th century when Florence became, only for five years, the capital city of the newly born Italian Reign.

Your guide will unveil in front of your eyes the beauty of this city right from its heart: the Arno River. Here the Romans decide to erect a city; the marble used to build the beautiful edifices designed by Michelangelo and Brunelleschi arrived into the city by water!

Your tour will start from the beautiful Piazza Ognissanti where you can admire the gorgeous 12th century Church of Ognissanti, with its artworks from artists like Domenico Ghirlandaio and Sandro Botticelli. Heading south you will soon reach the Arno River; pass by Ponte della Carraia and you will find yourself walking through the elegant Lungarno Corsini, one of the most sophisticated place in Florence. Once you will reach the St. Trinity Bridge you will cross the river and visit Borgo San Jacopo with its unique houses that overlook the Arno. Your next stop will be Ponte Vecchio the most famous and photographed bridge in Florence! Here you will be able to admire the unique Corridoio Vasariano built in order to connect Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti. Cross the bridge and walk by the Uffizi Gallery and many other beautiful Palaces and Churches until you will reach Ponte delle Grazie. Pass on the left bank, the Oltrarno, your last stop will be the beautiful Terrazza di Villa Bardini from which you will enjoy a breath-taking view of this incredible city!

At the end of your guided tour continue to enjoy on your own this stunning and unique city! We suggest to visit the spectacular Boboli Garden: get lost in this inimitable park like generations of Medici Family members in the past!

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Expert local guide at disposal ( 2 1/2 hour)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Piazza Ognissanti

– Ponte Della Carraia

– Lungarno Corsini

– St. Trinity Bridge

– Borgo San Jacopo

– Ponte Vecchio

– Corridoio Vasariano

– Uffizi Gallery

– Ponte delle Grazie

– Villa Bardini’s Terrace

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

Departure point:

Ognissanti Square

Duration:
2 1/2 hours

Return details:
Villa Bardini’s Terrace