Visit to the Vasari Corridor

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  • Duration 2:30 hrs
  • Extra tickets
  • Museum booking made by us
  • On foot
  • With staircases

There is no more exclusive and unique place in Florence than the Vasari Corridor.

Visiting the Vasari Corridor means exploring the aerial, one kilometer long passageway designed and built by Giorgio Vasari (from which it takes its name) to connect Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti.

Visit this incredible place with Guided Florence Tours.  We will tell you the  stories of the people who have walked here before you and we will show you some of the most spectacular views of the city that are on display from this incredible place. The large windows  above the arches of the Ponte Vecchio offer a terrific  panorama of  Florence; the small,  round windows will give visitors a glimpse of how the Medici spied on their fellow Florentines.

The visit of the Vasari corridor is unforgettable, full of emotions and sensations.

 

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About the visit of the Vasari corridor

The guided tour of the Vasari Corridor normally starts with the tour of the Uffizi Gallery. (those who prefer can only visit the Vasari Corridor). We will book in advance both the entrance to the Uffizi Gallery (to skip the long lines) and the exclusive opening of the corridor.

Remember that the explanation of our guides are easy to follow, interesting and appealing. Our aim is to allow you to soak up the atmosphere of this place so that you will always remember the feeling of absolute and perfect beauty that characterizes this Florentine treasure.

After seeing the highlights of the Uffizi Gallery we arrive in front of a large  door that will open exclusively for us, that of the Vasari Corridor: as you descend the stairs, you will be immersed in the history of the corridor, separated from the rest of the world.

Guided Florence Tours will take you through the Vasari corridor and our guide will show you the world’s largest collection of artist  self-portraits.  Together we will walk on top of the  Ponte Vecchio  to  observe the  life of  the goldsmiths’ shops  and  the  strolling of  the  people  on  the bridge. We will admire. inside the church of Santa Felicita, the balcony that the Medici used to assist the holy  mass  without getting in touch with normal people and will then  continue  going around  and  through towers,  houses  and gardens that  separate  the two  palaces of power of Renaissance Florence: Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti.

You will be  astonished  by the beauty and the  mystery of this  magical place:  we promise you stunning views and unforgettable emotions.

The visit of the Vasari corridor lasts about 3 hours.

What is included in the tour

  • Booking entry tickets to skip the line at the Uffizi Gallery
  • exclusive opening of the Vasari Corridor
  • Guided visit
  • Headphones, if groups of more than 8 people

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Important

Since November 2016 the Corridor has been under major restoration works, due to security reasons and for a complete reorganization of the collection on display. According to the Uffizi Gallery’s Director Eike Schmidt, the Vasari Corridor is going to be reopened  in 2018 (the date is not known yet), Rumors say  May 27th 2018.

At the moment the first part of the Vasari Corridor is opened to the public: it’s the Passage of the Prince  the very short bridge that connects Palazzo Vecchio to the Uffizi Gallery. It’s opened upon reservations and includes the ticket to both museums.

History of the Corridor

In 1565, Cosimo I de Medici, Duke of Florence succeeded in the impossible: to unite in marriage his first-born son, Francesco, with Joanne of Austria! The small Florentine duchy was thus related to one of the most powerful families in the world. Just to give an idea: the bride’s cousin was Philip II of Spain who owned half America!

Giorgio Vasari was the right-hand man of Cosimo and for him he built a corridor to unite the palace of power (Palazzo Vecchio) to the new residence that the Medici family had just bought on the other side of the Arno river, Palazzo Pitti.

The corridor was therefore always used to go from one side of the river to the other. Think that at the end of the Second World War, after the fleeing Germans had blown up the other bridges of Florence  and  destroyed  access to the  Ponte Vecchio, the corridor  was  the only way  to go across the river!


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