You will start your visit from the beautiful rooms of the Uffizi Gallery, full of world renowned masterpieces, and you will travel through the centuries thanks to the explanation of your guide and to the art works of Florentine and European artists.
From XII to XVIII century, you will be in front of the famous Botticelli's Venus and Spring, in front of the Michelangelo's Tondo Doni and the Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, and you will discover their history and details thanks to an interesting and professional explanation.
You will then enter in the famous secret passage used by the Medici Grand Dukes to move undisturbed and hidden from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, and so you will dominate the city from above, passing over the beautiful Ponte Vecchio and through the Church of Santa Felicita.
Through the windows along the way, you can enjoy views of Florence unique in the world and not accessible to all, and also here you will be accompanied by your guide that will show you the works on the walls of the Corridor, that means paintings of the XVI and XVII centuries and the most complete European collection of self-portraits of artists, from Andrea del Sarto and Vasari to Rubens and Chagall, and many many others.
The Tour will last 2 hour and 30 min., and will give you an high quality and entertaining introduction to these masterpieces of Florence!
Please note : the Tour is conducted only in English
Warning: for safety reasons, the Corridor has been closed to the public until further notice.
Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.
Uffizi Gallery guided tour: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Vasari Corridor guided tour:1 hour
15 minutes before the starting time, meet the guide in front of the Uffizi's GATE 3 (on the right-hand side coming from Signoria square, opposite to entrance gate). The guide will give you entrance tickets!
Please note that the tour ends at the Boboli Garden.
Local guide officially authorized
The Vasari Corridor is a raised path that connects Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti passing through the Uffizi Gallery and over the Ponte Vecchio, overlooking inside the Church of Santa Felicita until finishing next to the Buontalenti Grotto in the Boboli Garden.
The Vasari Corridor was created by the artist who gave it the name, Giorgio Vasari, in 1565 in just five months, by order of Cosimo I de' Medici, on the occasion of the wedding of his son Francesco I. With this path, the Medici could move freely and safely between their residence in Palazzo Pitti and the seat of government in Palazzo Vecchio, but the butchers' shops that occupied the Ponte Vecchio did not offer neither a show nor pleasant smells to the passage of the Grand Dukes, then were moved and replaced with the most elegant goldsmiths' shops, which still adorn the famous bridge.
To realize the corridor, were demolished some of the ancient tower-houses that were along the way, but the Mannelli family strongly opposed to this and then the path necessarily had to turn around their Tower.
Later, thanks to the will of Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici both the Uffizi Gallery and the Corridor lost their private function in favor of the public one.
Unfortunately during the Second World War, Florence suffered many damages and all the city bridges were destroyed by bombs, except the Ponte Vecchio; in fact Mussolini during the visit to Florence of Adolf Hitler (1938) did open other round windows along the path of the corridor and it seems that the Führer was so pleasantly impressed by the beauty of the view on the river, that decided to save the bridge, and so the corridor, from destruction.
The layout of today is still the one made in 1973 and includes numerous paintings of Italian schools of the XVI and XVII century and artists such as Domenichino, Guercino and Reni, Lorenzo Lippi, Giovanni Bilivert, Luca Giordano, Rosalba Carriera and Sebastiano Ricci, to name just a few. It also contains the largest European collection of self-portraits of artists, initiated by Cardinal Leopoldo de' Medici in the XVII century (Andrea del Sarto, Giorgio Vasari, Baccio Bandinelli, the Carracci, Guido Reni, Rubens, Bernini, Velasquez, Rembrandt, Corot and Delacroix, Giorgio De Chirico, Renato Guttuso, Marc Chagall, and many others).
Particularly moving, it's a trait that was heavily damaged by a Mafia bomb in 1993 that blew up some paintings; they were then reassembled and relocated in their place in the memory of that terrible event.