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DAY 2 - TOP MUSEUMS: UFFIZI GALLERY AND THE ACCADEMIA
After your first taste of Florence, you'll be ready to dive into the artistic heart of Renaissance Florence by visiting the Uffizi Gallery, the most important Italian art museum. Once in Piazza della Signoria, admire the stone facade of the Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia dei Lanzi on the right with its statues. Continue a few meters, and you'll come to a long and narrow square, surrounded by a regular colonnade. You are in the midst of the building that is home to the world's largest collection of works from the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance, the Uffizi.
The visit to the museum requires at least 2 ½ hours because of the importance of the exhibits. Admissions are timed to allow for a steady flow of visitors, implying a continuous line. It's essential to book your Uffizi tickets in advance, so you don't waste your precious day waiting in line! You can choose your preferred time for your visit, and enrich it with the audio guide, which accompanies you through the more than 60 rooms (plus temporary exhibitions). The value of a visit to the Uffizi is inestimable, as it holds masterpieces by Giotto, Botticelli (Allegory of Spring and the Birth of Venus among others), Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael ... the list is endless! Want to make sure you don't miss any of the masterpieces? Take this guided tour!
In addition to the Uffizi, there is of course Michelangelo's David, another symbol of the city. The original statue stands in the Accademia Gallery, another museum that figures on your list of must-sees during your first visit to Florence. Visits to the Accademia are in high demand and the waiting lines continue. Book your admission to the Accademia, and you can skip that line as well! For the best deal, we suggest you choose our convenient Combo Ticket Uffizi & Accademia and visit the two museums in the same day, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon. The Accademia requires less time - one hour is sufficient, but you can venture more deeply into its secrets with a guided tour.
Looking for one of the top art experiences in Florence? Choose the tour of the Uffizi and the Vasari Corridor. When the Medici family ruled Florence, they gave the architect Vasari the task of designing a safe passage to move from the Palazzo Vecchio (seat of government) to the Palazzo Pitti (their residence). The architect designed a route that passes through the Uffizi, historic buildings, and the Ponte Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens. On this exclusive tour of about 3 hours, you'll discover the Uffizi, as well as the collection of valuable works that grace the corridor, and you'll enjoy spectacular views of Florence from this secret perspective. We recommend you visit the Accademia in the morning, and then tour the Uffizi Gallery and the Vasari Corridor at 3.30pm. (temporary supended due to construction work for safety reasons).
The ideal completion of your day is a walk from the Uffizi to the Accademia! Leaving the Piazza della Signoria, visit the picturesque Mercato della Paglia. Within walking distance, this market is also known as the "market of the Pig," as it is decorated with a bronze wild boar. The legend says that if you put a coin in the mouth of the animal and it falls into the hole, you'll come back to Florence! Turn back to Via dei Calzaiuoli: after 30 meters you'll see Orsanmichele on your left: a former barn, this consecrated church regularly hosts classical music concerts. Walk around the block to see the magnificent Palazzo dell'Arte della Lana, one of the most ancient towers of Florence. Continue towards the Duomo. Time to cool off with an excellent gelato? Take the short street next to the bell tower, appropriately named Via del Campanile, follow it to the next corner, and you'll find GROM. GROM offers flavor-packed gelato like they used to make it "once upon a time," with only the freshest organic ingredients. Delicious! Turn around to take another look at the beautiful Cathedral, pass it, and take Via Ricasoli (there is a jewelry shop on the corner). After another short walk (less than 500 meters) you'll arrive at the Accademia, where the David is waiting for you!
After so much art, it's time for dinner. For an experience out of the ordinary, we suggest this Gourmet's Tour: Join us for a mouthwatering stroll through the Florence city center, where we'll take gourmet pit stops in traditional Florentine bars, shops, and eateries. And of course, we'll round your experience off with a taste of vin santo, cantuccini almond biscuits– and the inevitable, heavenly gelato! For a special evening, treat yourself to the Dinner and Concert in the Heart of Florence: you will be served a traditional menu in an old cellar from the 13th century, followed by a concert in the perfect acoustics of an Anglican church only steps away. You will witness a performance of the most beautiful arias from operas by Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, and other composers. Looking for top culinary experience? Chef Picchi of Il Cibreo (Via de 'Macci 122) is waiting for you. Otherwise we also recommend the Enoteca Pinchiorri in Via Ghibellina, one of the top prize-winning (and expensive...) restaurants with the best wine cellar in Italy.
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