This is a relatively fast-paced tour of the Uffizi. Necessarily so, since there is an immense wealth of art on display there. You could spend a whole day just looking at the ceilings of the corridors. Our guide, Sibele, did a great job of steering us to the highlights of the museum, giving us art-historical background information as we went. Breakfast was light (coffee and rolls) but a nice break between the two halves of the tour. The sound system was of pretty poor quality. I found it easier to understand Sibele just standing close with the earphone out. Be sure to stay several more hours after the tour is officially over. You'll want to go back and visit the rooms that were skipped (there are some treasures there), or to spend more time with your favorites. Overall, a very good experience!
This was an unexpected delight. We signed up because we were worried about the summer crowds and long lines, but the tour guide was very knowledgable, interesting, and made the vastness of the Uffizi's collection manageable by focusing on key/important works of art and history. One note on breakfast, be sure to plan ahead the night before and have something to eat before you go. The breakfast provided is lovely, a pastry and coffee on the outdoor deck of the museum, but it doesn't happen until half-way through the tour. We had to leave the hotel before room service was available and most cafes were still closed, so best to buy something the night before to have in your room, or you won't have anything until around 9/9:30am.
Having done a similar tour of the Vatican - buffet breakfast - we were extremely disappointed in this tour. AUD110 each got us entry, coffee, a small croissant and the guide with dodgy audio system. We arrived as requested - at 745am. Left on the street in the wind and cold till 8am and trudged across a few blocks to the Ufizzi why couldn't the meeting point be - logically - at the Ufizzi?. Then the chaos of queuing up and security and it was well past 8.30am before we entered. Breakfast at 10am and we were left hungry and bewildered - 'is that it?' being the general comment. Save your money. Entry is only 12.50 and you can hire audio guide systems quite cheaply at the gallery. Spend your savings on a nice breakfast at any of the hundreds of cafes in the area.
Excellent tour! Despite the crowds, Francesca took us straight to the front of the line, and guided us through the museum. When we started getting tired, it was time for breakfast on the terrace with great view of Florence! After the tour, we were able to remain in the museum to see more. Francesca was very knowledgeable and a good communicator.
We had a wonderful tour of the Uffizi, no standing in lines, no big crowds to fight through and we had a great knowledgeable and engaging guide Francesca M. who took just the right time and gave our family the right amount of info to keep the interest of the 1st timers and those who have been to Florence and the Uffizi several times prior . I definitely recommend the early entry with the small group tour and it was a nice treat to stop for cappucino and pastries and enjoy the company of our small tour group .