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Private Uffizi Gallery Tour

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From: $59.56

 

TOUR DURATION

3 Hours

START TIME

09:00 AM –

02:00 pm

TUe,Wed, Thu, fri, sat, Sun

MEETING POINT

Pick-up at your hotel, if central located, or in front of the Uffizi gallery’s entrance, more details at booking

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Your private guide will meet you in front of the Uffizi Gallery’s entrance or at your hotel, if central located, for a three hours tour of the unique Galleria degli Uffizi, one of the most famous museums in the world!

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and the Uffizi Gallery is a gorgeous example of the period. Your guide will unveil in front of your eyes the treasures house in this incredible museum; the Uffizi can count on a vast and stunning collection of art. The Medici Family spent centuries in order to be able to create such an exceptional collection; you will be able to travel back in time and enjoy many masterpieces dated between the 13th and the 18th centuries. You will retrace the steps of artists like Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci: it is known in fact that they used to spend time here in order to relax or look for inspiration.

Some highlights from the Uffizi collection include artworks of celebrated gothic painters like Giotto and Cimabue, early renaissance masterpieces by Masaccio, unique works from Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. The largest hall of the museum is probably the most famous one: the Birth of Venus and the Allegory of Spring by Sandro Botticelli are displayed here.

At the end of your guided tour continue to enjoy on your own this stunning and unique city!

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Expert local guide at disposal

– Tour of Uffizi Gallery with local guide (3 hours)

– Uffizi Gallery entrance fees and reservation (skip the line)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Visit of Uffizi Gallery

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:

Pick-up at your accommodation if central located or in front of Uffizi Gallery’s entrance, more detail at booking

Duration:
3 hours

Return details:
Uffizi Gallery exit

Vatican Museums

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The Vatican Museums are located inside the Vatican City State. The entrance is situated on the northern part of Saint Peter’s square.  The Vatican Museums are composed of several smaller museums such as the Classical Antiquities Museum, the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, the Sistine Chapel, the Pinacoteca, the Ethnological Museum and Raphael’s Rooms, just to name the most famous.

The complex of the Vatican Museums owns a very rich collection of artefacts, sculptures, frescoes, mosaics from antique to modern times and originating from all over the world. Popes started to collect objects from ancient Egypt, ancient Rome and the Etruscan civilization, as well as from the first churches and basilicas ever built; they pursue this task to this day.

Excursions from the Vatican Museums

Two of the museums in the complex are considered wonders from the Renaissance period: the Sistine Chapel with its vault painted by Michelangelo, and Raphael’s Rooms. Pope Julius II was the first pope to collect, gather and display to the public sculptures and artefact from Ancient History but it was under Pope Clement XII that the two museums opened.

Pope Julius II chose the painter Raphael to decorate the four rooms of his apartment. Raphael started to paint in 1508 but the decorations were finished 16 years later by his students following the artist’s death in 1520. The four rooms are the following: the Room of Constantine, the Room of Heliodorus, the Room of the Segnatura, and the Room of the Fire in the Borgo. The first room was designed for receptions and official ceremony, and was decorated by Raphael’s students following his original drawings. The room of Heliodorus was used for the Pope’s private audiences while the room of the Segnatura was used as a library and private offices. This latter room contains Raphael’s most famous frescoes and it is considered a masterpiece marking the beginning of the High Renaissance. The room of the Fire in Borgo was used by Pope Leo X as a dining room. For this last room, Raphael painted the walls while the ceilings were painted by his teacher Pietro Vannuci.

The last museum to be opened was the Historical Museum in 1973. Today, the Vatican Museums welcome four million visitors each year.

Private Borghese Gallery tour

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From: $57.18

 

TOUR DURATION

3 Hours

START TIME

08:30 AM & 02:30PM

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

MEETING POINT

Borghese Gallery entrance, more details at booking

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Meet your private guide at the entrance of Galleria Borghese 30 minutes prior to the entrance time of the gallery.

 

Drawn from the collection assembled by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the Borghese Gallery includes major works by Raphael, Rubens, Titan, Caravaggio, Bernini, Antonello da Messina and Canova. This collection is housed in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana, which was built between 1607 and 1613, with further extensions and improvements being implemented in the following years. The villa, along with its impressive collection, was eventually purchased by the state in 1902.

 

The stunning architecture and decoration of the gallery create the perfect setting for the magnificent paintings and sculptures within. The villa’s large and lush gardens, maintained in the naturalistic English manner, are also worth visiting as they house a number of smaller villas turned museums and various monuments.

 

At the end of your visit, exit at the gates near the Via Veneto from where you can return to your hotel or continue sightseeing at leisure.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Expert local guide at disposal

– Skip the line – reservation and entrance fees at Borghese Gallery

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Villa Borghese

– Borghese Gallery

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:

Entrance of Galleria Borghese

Duration:

3 hours

Return details:

Exit of Galleria Borghese

Private Vatican Museums & St.Peter’s Basilica

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From: $79.81

TOUR DURATION

4 Hours

START TIME

09:00 AM & 02:00 PM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

MEETING POINT

Vatican MuseumS entrance, more details at booking

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Meet your private guide at the designated meeting point just outside the Vatican Museums. From there, your half day private tour of the Vatican will begin in the galleries of the Vatican Museums, home to the most celebrated art collection in Europe.

 

This collection includes artifacts, sculptures, frescoes and mosaics from antique to modern times that originate from all over the world. Throughout the centuries, Popes started to collect objects from ancient Egypt, ancient Rome and the Etruscan civilization, as well as from the first churches and basilicas ever built –a task which they pursue to this day. Some highlights from the Vatican collection include artworks by Giotto, Raphael, Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Titian and Bellini. The tour will take you throughout the various rooms and hallways that compose the Vatican Museums until you eventually arrive in the last room: the spectacular Sistine Chapel, extreme expression of Michelangelo’s genius.

 

Last but not least, you will visit the largest sanctuary of Christianity, St. Peter’s Basilica, where proportions seem to have been forgotten in an amazing triumph of marble, bronze and mosaic works. Many artists and architects worked on this massive undertaking, resulting in the fantastic artistic and architectural wonder in front of you now.

 

End the tour in St. Peter’s Square, as your guide points out Bernini’s ingenious use of optical illusion.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Expert local guide at disposal

– Reservation and entrance fee at Vatican Museums

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Tapestry Gallery

– Gallery of Maps

– Raphael romms

– Sistine Chapel

– St Peter’s Basilica

– St Peter’s Square

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

– Backpacks, umbrellas and tripods must be left inside a cloakroom on entering Vatican Museum.
The tour ends in St Peter’s Square that is at 15 minutes walking from the entrance and cloackroom. We recommend that backpacks tripods and umbrellas are not taken on this tour.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced at St. Peter’s Basilica. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts.

Departure point:

Vatican Museums entrance

Duration:
4 hours

Return details:
St. Peter’s Square

 

Sistine Chapel

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The Sistine Chapel is the most famous chapel of the Apostolic Palace. The Sistine Chapel belongs to the Vatican Museums and since it is considered as one of the museums of the complex, it is possible to visit its beauty.

The Sistine Chapel takes its name from the Pope Sixtus IV who ordered the renovation of the old chapel Cannella Magna between 1477 and 1480, however the chapel is most famous for the stunning Renaissance frescoes covering its walls and ceilings. Pope Julius II ordered the decoration of the ceiling to be done by Michelangelo, who painted 1100 square meters between 1508 and 1512.

Things to see

For many, this masterpiece is considered to be one of the best works ever realized by Michelangelo, particularly The Last Judgment located just behind the altar. This huge fresco was realized between 1536 and 1541. In the middle of the masterpiece, we can see Jesus Christ in a light halo; he is surrounded by Mary and several Saints expecting his final decision.

Once the fresco was finished, a huge scandal broke out because too many figures were judged obscene as they were painted naked. In 1564, the Congregation of the Council of Trent decided these figures should be covered and this task was given to the painter Daniele de Volterra. He had to paint draperies which would cover the private parts of the different characters. This earned the artist the nickname of “Braghettone”, which means “breeches maker”. Michelangelo was not the only artist who worked on the chapel; Botticelli, Domenico and Perugino all contributed several frescoes depicting the lives of Moses and Jesus Christ.

Since Pope Sixtus IV, the Sistine Chapel has been used for religious activities and papal meetings. Nowadays, the Sistine Chapel is open to the public as well as the place where the pope is elected.