Review: The Roman Guy Uffizi Tour

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A couple of weeks ago, I was invited on a Florence tour of my choice by the Roman Guy, a tour company run out of Rome that offers tours of several major sites across the country. Of the tours available in Florence, the Uffizi Tour caught my eye because despite living in Florence for more than a year, I still haven’t had the chance to visit. I suppose I’ve been delaying on purpose because I know next to nothing about art, particularly Renaissance art, which of course features heavily in the Uffizi Gallery. So, I jumped at the opportunity to join in on an Uffizi Tour with the Roman Guy in hopes that I’d actually learn something about the masterpieces that I’d be seeing.

On a sunny Saturday, J and I headed into the city center to meet Alessandra, who’d be our tour guide for a couple of hours. Alessandra, pictured holding the Roman Guy sign below, arrived promptly (before our meeting time) and proved to be a wealth of knowledge, suggesting little-known spots for us to visit during the rest of the time we’re in Florence (nearby Vinci sounds amazing!).

During the tour, Alessandra introduced us to the major highlights of the Uffizi, such as the Birth of Venus, Medusa by Caravaggio, Venus of Urbino, and Doni Tondo by Michelangelo, as well as lesser known artworks. The details Alessandra gave about each piece were fascinating, with details bringing you back to the heyday of the Medicis. Aside from the paintings, Alessandra also pointed out the Vasari Corridor and strongly suggested that we visit when it is reopened. As someone who knows very little about art and (shamefully) next to nothing about Italian history, I was nervous that I’d be a bit confused without any background knowledge. But Alessandra wove together history and the main characters of the time in such an artful way that sometimes it felt like she was sharing from the gossip column of a magazine—this really brought the artists, models, and Medici family to life for me.

She shared all her knowledge via a little headset—looks super nerdy, but is actually very functional—that after an initial eye roll to J, I ended up really enjoying its functionality. Using the headset, I could hear Alessandra when lagging behind to take photos or while looking at the other paintings in each gallery.

The duration of the tour, two hours, was also just long enough to leave me wanting more and remain captivating. If you, like me, want a bit more art after your tour, you are welcome to wander the galleries on your own after the two-hour tour!

Who should take the tour

I highly recommend booking this tour if you’re someone who knows little about Renaissance art but would like a crash course into the works held at the Uffizi. It was a perfect tour for someone like me, and I wish I had known about it before because I definitely would have booked it for my parents when they visited last winter.

However, I would not suggest bringing a young child on the tour because I think this tour would be boring for most children and disruptive for the other guests on the tour. Baby ISO stayed home on this day out.

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Final thoughts

I would absolutely recommend taking a tour with the Roman Guy—the Uffizi Tour was perfect for someone like me who appreciates art but knows nothing about it. The small group atmosphere (in total, there were six people in our tour) was really nice; we even got to talking with a couple who was visiting Italy to celebrate their engagement! Our tour guide, Alessandra, was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and was able to present the information in an entirely engaging fashion. Another bonus of taking the Uffizi Tour was not needing to purchase Uffizi tickets yourself and being able to skip the line.

The Roman Guy also offers tours in Rome, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast, so check them out if you’re looking for a reputable tour company in these areas.

**This post was created in collaboration with the Roman Guy. I received a free tour in exchange for this review, but as always, opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support ISO.