From The Telegraph of 20th March 2009 suggesting how to see the Uffizi in Florence.
Michele Lester from London writes:
"We are travelling with a couple of friends to Florence next month. It is our first time in the city and we would like to employ a guide to show us around the Uffizi Gallery (above) as I understand it's a bit of a scrum. Any ideas?"
The response from The Telegraph reads:
"I can personally recommend Artviva (00 39 055 264 5033, www.italy.artviva.com), which employs art history experts (all native English speakers) who use humour and anecdotes to explain the background to the gallery's most famous works.
"You can join a three-hour guided tour for up to 14 people, which costs €29 each including entry charge, or hire a private guide for your party of four for €76 each. Artviva also offers excellent walking tours of central Florence, similar guided visits to other galleries in the city and 'exclusive experiences' including an irreverent look at the city's history with a count from one of Florence's oldest families followed by drinks at his palazzo on the River Arno. The three-hour tour costs about £450 for up to five people."