Your Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour in English with a licensed tour guide in Florence. A personalized guided tour discovering one of the most beautiful museum in the world.
The Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour in English reveals to our eyes a casket of works arranged chronologically as in a great book of art history. Those great artists, from Cimabue to Caravaggio, gave breath and body to men and women through their sensitivity and their scientific studies.
The Uffizi Museum, built as offices of the magistrates of Duke Cosimo I dei Medici by his trusted artist Giorgio Vasari, has become a Gallery since 1769 at the behest of Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo Asburgo Lorena .
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The journey begins with the three great Majesties of Cimabue , Duccio da Buoninsegna and Giotto, who mark a change in the figurative language , in particular the brilliant personality of Giotto di Bondone opens the first great revolution through the representation of plastic bodies animated by very human feelings and a first empiric perspective.
The Uffizi Guided Tour continues with the still polite renaissance language of Gentile da Fabriano and then reaches the rich and elegant Antonio and Piero del Pollaiolo and Alessandro Filipepi, best known as Sandro Botticelli. The linear and perspective light of Piero della Francesca, together with Masaccio and Paolo Uccello , enrich the look on the Renaissance.
A real must of the guided tour in English of the Uffizi Gallery is the wonderful Tribuna, that represents the beginning of the Uffizi as the Medici Museum. It have been made by Bernardo Buontalenti in the 1583. The Tribuna is a precious room conceived like a treasure chest to host and protect the richest and the most esoteric part of the art collection of Francesco de’Medici, the son of Cosimo I Medici. At the base of its creation there are the four natural elements. Each one is represented with a specific material: the earth is the beautiful colored mosaic of hard stones and marbles composing the pavement; the fire is the red velvet all around the walls, the water is the gorgeous cover of 6000 mother of pearl decorating the drum and the dome and the air is the wind rose placed inside the lantern.
Inside the Tribune there is an eclectic collection of works of art, remembering us how it was the first project wanted by Francesco de’Medici: ancient roman sculptures as the Medici Venus (1st-century B.C), great paintings, tapestries, art works made in the typical florentine mosaic in hard stones.
After the wonderful Tribuna we have another incredible beauty inside the Uffizi Gallery: the city of Florence. The Uffizi Palace has two facades and two views: one looks to the elder part of Florence, the right one, with its political and religious symbols (Signoria Palace and Cathedral) one looks to the left one, called also Diladdarno. That’s why the Uffizi are also called “The City inside the City”, specially walking down the Second Corridor.
The next stop of the Uffizi english guided tour is Leonardo da Vinci: inside the Gallery there is a room totally dedicated to him with three masterpieces: “The Baptism of Christ“ (Andrea del Verrocchio, his school, Leonardo), “The Annunciation” , “The Adoration of the Magi” recently and magnificently restored by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure of Florence.
Our last room at the second floor of the Uffizi Gallery is the number 41, dedicated in particular to Michelangelo (“The Doni Tondo”, around 1507, the only round made by Michelangelo), Raffaello (“Portraits of Agnolo Doni and Maddalena Strozzi”, “Madonna of the Goldfinch”, “Portraits of Elisabetta Gonzaga and Guidobaldo da Montefeltro” , “Saint John The Baptist as a Boy”), Fra’Bartolomeo (“Porzia”, “The Virgin appears to Saint Bernard”, “Del Pugliese Tabernacle”).
Before admiring the incredible collection hosting at the first floor (XVI century: Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo, Bronzino, Tiziano, Giorgione, Artemisia Gentileschi, Caravaggio) let’s take a break outside, standing in the super terrace of the Gallery, originally a roof garden. In front of us the Duomo, the Giotto’s Belltower, the Orsanmichele Church, the gorgeous Etruscan city of Fiesole in the shape of a half moon, the guardian walk and the tower of the Signoria Palace, the first block of the Vasari Corridor!
The first floor of the Uffizi Gallery is dedicated to the XVI century, hosting precious masterpieces as the Bronzino’s Medici Family Portraits, The Venus of Urbino by Tiziano, The Medusa by Caravaggio, Artemisia’s Judith slaying Olophernes, Rubens, Rembrant.
How to book a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery in English
To book a personalized visit to the Uffizi Gallery in English you can use the form on this page , or contact me by mail ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or mobile (+39 338 1705461 , also whatsapp). In addition to accompany you on the journey within the Museum, I can support you in the booking service to the Gallery , recommended in the period of maximum tourist influx. I advise you to be very careful: there are many deceptive websites online that sell tickets at increased prices, as well as outside the Gallery there are illegal sellers. I recommend that you visit the official website of the recently completed Museum and use only the official channels indicated.
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