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Art Lover’s Guide to Florence

Art Lover’s Guide to Florence

Home to some of the world’s most treasured medieval and Renaissance art, Florence is a dream destination for art-history enthusiasts. From paintings and frescoes to the statue of a certain naked man, the city is chock-full of art. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few of the can’t-miss sites.

 

Uffizi Gallery (Gallerie Degli Uffizi)

Located on the northern side of the Arno River in central Florence, the Uffizi Gallery houses works by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, da Vinci, and Botticelli (includingThe Birth of Venus), to name just a few. Ancient statues and other works from the collection of Florence’s Medici family are also on display. An absolute must for those interested in Renaissance art, it’s one of the top museums in Italy, if not Europe—a skip-the-line ticket is highly recommended.

 

Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

Often visited in combination with the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery is Florence’s other major art museum. A 15-minute walk north of the Uffizi, on the other side of the cathedral (Duomo), the Accademia is best-known as the home of Michaelangelo’sDavid, an icon of Renaissance art. The gallery’s collection of 13th- to 16th-century paintings by mostly Italian artists is a must-see for art-history buffs. Skip-the-line tickets are advisable here, too.

 

Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) and Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli)

A former home of the city’s ruling Medicis, Florence’s largest museum complex sits just across the Ponte Vecchio on the south side of the Arno. Various museums and galleries are housed within the grounds, and Renaissance statues dot the landscaped Boboli Gardens behind the palace. Old masters such as Raphael, Titian, and Rubens are on display, but you can also see more-modern works of art from the 18th to 20th century.

 

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

Located in Piazza del Duomo, just behind the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo features original artwork and other items from the cathedral. For those interested in learning more about the Duomo or who just want to see more art, visiting the museum after you visit the Duomo provides additional insight into the city’s most significant landmark. Works include Michelangelo’s mysteriousFlorence Pietà (aka The Deposition) and Donatello’sPenitent Magdalene.

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Skip-the-Line to Uffizi & Accademia with Michelangelo's David - Small Group Tour

Skip-the-Line to Uffizi & Accademia with Michelangelo's David - Small Group Tour

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Make the most of your time in Florence with this combination tour covering all of the city’s iconic sights in one half day. Skip the line at the Accademia Gallery to marvel at Michelangelo’s 'David'; gaze up in wonder at the great red dome of Florence's Duomo from the outside; and explore the streets of the historic city center with insights from an expert guide. Then, skip another line to end the day with a visit of the immense Uffizi Gallery.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.73
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Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour

Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour

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Skip the line to see two of Florence’s top museums, the Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery. Led by an expert guide, first pay homage to Michelangelo’s 'David' at the Accademia, heading straight inside with your priority access ticket. Roam the impressive collection of art and opt for an included lunch, if you wish, before heading to the Uffizi Gallery. There, avoid the crowds again with your skip-the-line ticket and enjoy a guided walking tour, pausing at Botticelli’s 'Birth of Venus' and other Renaissance masterpieces.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.11
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Early Access: Guided Uffizi Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Early Access: Guided Uffizi Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

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Step inside one of Italy’s most famous art museums on this guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Avoid the crowds with early access and skip-the-line entrance, then learn more about the museum’s highlights with the help of an art historian guide. Prepare to be impressed as you spot works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, and view iconic paintings like Titian's ‘Venus of Urbino’ and Botticelli's ‘Primavera’. Best of all: your ticket is still valid after the tour ends, so you can continue exploring for as long as you want.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Discover Italian art, history and culture on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Florence. Select a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and travel around the city’s top attractions, hopping on and off as you like. See the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo, the burial spot of Galileo and Machiavelli at Santa Croce church and more. Your pass includes unlimited rides for the duration selected and 360-degree views from the open air of the upper deck.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$22.42
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Semi Private Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

Semi Private Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

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Avoid the long lines at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence with this skip-the-line ticket and guided tour. Led by an expert art guide, you’ll head straight inside upon your arrival and discover the masterpieces of this expansive museum. See da Vinci’s ‘Annunciation’, Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus,’ and Michelangelo’s ‘Doni Tondo’ as your guide discusses their history and varying interpretations. Visit the rooftop terrace for a picturesque city view before concluding your tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.37
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Exclusive: Accademia Gallery Early Access & Italian Breakfast - Small Group Tour

Exclusive: Accademia Gallery Early Access & Italian Breakfast - Small Group Tour

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Be one of the first of the day to tour Florence’s Accademia Gallery, and finish with an Italian breakfast in a local cafe. It’s a Viator Exclusive tour that can’t be booked anywhere else! In a small group, limited to just 19, explore the famous gallery without the crowds, and learn about Michelangelo’s works from an art-historian guide. Swoon at the sculpture of ‘David,’ hear the history of ‘San Matteo’ and gain insight into the influential art of the Renaissance.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Skip-the-Line Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery Walking Tour

Skip-the-Line Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery Walking Tour

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Get an up-close look at works from Titian, Raphael and Rubens on this tour of Florence’s Palatine Gallery. Located inside the Pitti Palace, former home of the Medici rulers, you’ll skip the main entrance lines with your guide and head straight inside. Explore the elaborate interior of the gallery and the impressive paintings on display as you learn about how the Medici family came to amass their private collection. To ensure an intimate experience, numbers are limited to 15 on this small-group tour.
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  • 2 hours
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$71.49
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Learn to Sculpt or Paint in a Private Florence Art Studio

Learn to Sculpt or Paint in a Private Florence Art Studio

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Discover the secrets behind painting or sculpting with a small-group art lesson in a Florence art studio. Learn from an artist in an inspiring, sun-filled private studio. Work on your own creation, painting with oils or sculpting with clay, in a class suitable for beginners and experts alike.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.31
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Private Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour

Private Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour

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Explore off the beaten path with a tour through Florence’s lovely Oltrarno district. Led by a private guide, discover the side of the Arno River where a community of artists live and work. Meet Florentine craftsmen, experience stunning Renaissance architecture and visit artist workshops, with the chance to try the ancient skill of paper marbling.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.60
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Florence Opera del Duomo Museum Guided Visit

Florence Opera del Duomo Museum Guided Visit

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Feast your eyes on one of the world’s most treasured collections of medieval and Renaissance sculpture with this guided visit to the Opera del Duomo Museum in Florence. After skipping the entrance line, learn the backstories behind masterpieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, and other Italian greats, and gain insight into the construction of Brunelleschi’s famous dome. Finish with a tasting of Chianti wine paired with cheese and balsamic vinegar. Your tour includes admission to the cathedral, crypt, and campanile, to use within 72 hours after your tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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