Ticket booking for tours of the Vasari Corridor, Florence
It has traditionally been difficult to see the Vasari Corridor - Corridoio Vasariano - despite an official reopening in 2010. Access is restricted, and you may only visit as part of a guided group. Perhaps that is why this absolute gem still remains largely unknown, a genuine hidden treasure of Florence, despite being on full view to pretty much every visitor to the city!
The corridor, constructed in just 5 months during 1564 to designs by Vasari, was built to allow Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici to travel from the family residence in the Pitti Palace to the Palazzo Vecchio, crossing the river Arno and avoiding having to descend at any time to rough it with the plebeians. It is a series of long (total length is approaching a kilometre), elevated passageways, starting in the Boboli gardens, crossing the river atop the famed goldsmith shops of the Pontevecchio, traversing the Arno before entering the Uffizi and on to the Palazzo Vecchio. The photograph above shows the Pontevecchio section before it turns 90 degrees into the riverside corridor- the route is marked by the series of regular, square windows atop the arcades.
This will likely be one of your more unique experiences in Florence, offering countless unique perspectives on the city as well as viewings of more than 1000 artworks from the 17th and 18th centuries plus the unique collection of self portraits housed in the Uffizi section of the corridor. You may read more about the Vasari Corridor on our blog here.
Availability is very limited, and booking is mandatory. We offer three tours, all in English, and all with a group size that will never exceed 25 people. Quite simply, there's a tour of the corridor and the Uffizi, a tour of the corridor only, and a tour of the corridor, the Uffizi and the Palatine Gallery in the Pitti Palace. There are tours every day of the week apart from Monday, when the Uffizi Gallery is closed; some days of the week there's a choice of tour times - once you've clicked a date on the calendar you'll be shown what's available on that day. You will be listening to the tour guide via earpieces, these are included in the price.
Tour one: Corridor only: A tour lasting at least an hour, sometimes slightly longer, starting at 12.20 PM Tuesday to Sunday and also at 11.30 AM on Saturday and Sunday. This tour of the Vasari Corridor starts at the Uffizi side of the river and finishes in the Boboli Gardens (these aren't included in the tour - you'll be escorted from the gardens at the end of the corridor tour).
Tour two: Corridor and Uffizi Gallery: The tour lasts around three hours from beginning to end, roughly 75 minutes in the Uffizi Gallery and an hour in the corridor itself. The tour begins at 10.20 AM until the 24th of March and it runs on Saturday and Sunday, from March until the end of October it runs every day apart from Monday and it begins at 9.50 AM. There is another tour that starts at 10.00 AM on Saturday and Sunday only. The 09.50 AM tour starts over the river at the Palazzo Pitti and begins with a walk towards the Uffizi, admiring the exterior of the corridor along the way. The 10.00 AM tour starts on the Uffizi side of the river. Both tours have a 30 minute coffee break between the Uffizi and corridor sections of the tour. We are also able to offer a tour at 10.20 as a private one, for up to four people, with a hotel pick-up available (in central Florence) if requested.
Tour three: Corridor, Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery: A tour lasting over four hours, starting at 10.00 AM on Saturday and Sunday only. The tour starts on the Uffizi side of the river and has a 30 minute coffee break between the Uffizi and corridor sections of the tour, and a one hour lunch break between the corridor and Pitti Palace/Palatine Gallery sections. The tour of the Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery lasts around 90 minutes, meaning that the entire tour finishes at around 3.30 PM.
Note that from the 1st of November until the 1st of April some tours are only available on Saturdays and Sundays, and then only at certain times. Please click on the calendar (the small square icon) below to select a date. Next choose which tour and time you are interested in, then click the 'Click to continue with booking>>' button to begin the booking procedure. Note that the tours are not suitable for disabled people, nor are they recommended for those with impaired mobility or respiratory problems. Children under the age of 8 are not allowed to join these tours - this is the policy of the local authorities.
(Do remember that dates are in European (day-month-year) format.)
Simply select the ideal date for your visit by clicking on the calendar to the left.
Once you've selected a date on the calendar we'll show you the tours that are available, one or more of which may be of interest to you.
HOW YOU'LL GET YOUR TICKETS:
To reserve your tickets for these Vasari Corridor tours, just fill out the booking form, supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. There will be no charge whatsoever until we confirm your reservation. We'll then point you to our secure page, where you can print out your entry voucher. Print it out, take it with you and present it at the pre-arranged meeting point. As simple as that!
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