As of December the 1st 2016 the Vasari Corridor in Florence will be closed for extensive repairs and refurbishment, with the expected reopening date not being until the 27th of May 2018.
More than 700 works of art need to be carefully removed, the corridor then needs three new security exits and fitting with air-conditioning to protect both the structure and the exhibits from the increasingly hot summer temperatures.
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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 below 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 various tours, all in English, and all with a group size that will never exceed 25 people. There's a tour of the corridor and the Uffizi, tours 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.
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 in Florence.
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!
A guided tour of the Vasari Corridor, lasting around one and a half hours. Cost includes all entrance tickets as well as the tour itself. Children under the age of 8 may not take part in these tours.
This tour of the Vasari Corridor starts on the Uffizi side of the river, proceeds along the Corridor with a qualified instructor in the History of Art (earphones are provided), and finishes in Piazza Pitti. The tour is conducted in English during the week but in Italian on Sundays.
A guided tour of the Vasari Corridor, lasting around two hours (1 hour inside the Vasari Corridor). Cost includes all entrance tickets as well as the tour itself. Children under the age of 8 may not take part in these tours.
The tour starts in the Piazza della Signoria, and after an explanation of the artistic history of the square, continues to the Vasari Corridor for an hour, ending in Piazza Pitti.
A guided tour of the Vasari Corridor and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, lasting around three and a half hours. Cost includes all entrance tickets as well as the tour itself. Children under the age of 8 may not take part in these tours.
After meeting at the Palazzo Pitti, the tour begins with a walk to the Uffizi Gallery, admiring the exterior of the Vasari Corridor along the way. You'll spend about an hour and a half in the Gallery before a half hour coffee break. The tour then proceeds through the Vasari Corridor, admiring the rooms and artworks before finishing back where you started at the Palazzo Pitti.
A guided tour of the Vasari Corridor and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, lasting around three hours. Cost includes all entrance tickets as well as the tour itself. Children under the age of 8 may not take part in these tours.
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 starts on the Uffizi side of the river.
The tour has a 30 minute coffee break between the Uffizi and corridor sections of the tour.
A guided tour of the Vasari Corridor, the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace and the Palatine Gallery, lasting over four hours. Children under the age of 8 may not take part in these tours.
A tour lasting over four hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings 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 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 between 4:15 and 4:30 PM.
A fascinating guided tour of the Vasari Corridor, constructed by Cosimo I de Medici so that he could travel between the Pitti Palace and the Palazzo Vecchio in privacy. The tour lasts about an hour and a half and is followed by free time to explore the beautiful Boboli Gardens.
After experiencing the corridor in the company of an experienced guide, you'll have free time to explore the Boboli Gardens on your own - you'll be provided with tickets and a map with a description of the key attractions.
The tour is available in English during the week and in Italian on Sundays.
Please note that this tour is not suitable for children under 8.
A full-day guided tour of artistic Florence that takes in not only the Vasari corridor but also the joint treasure-troves of the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's David.
Three of Florence's must-sees in one day, a day full of some of the most incredible artistic destinations in Italy, indeed Europe, with a lengthy pause for lunch and recovering from Stendhal Syndrome. This tour (which includes all entrance tickets) begins at 9.00 AM and finishes at 6.00 PM with a lunch break (when you'll be independent of the tour group) from 1.15 PM to 4.00 PM.
The day begins with a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery - you'll be accompanied at all times (lunch aside) by a qualified English speaking guide - followed by a guided tour of the Vasari Corridor. After a lengthy lunch break the group (never more than 25 people) gets together again at 4.00 PM for a visit to the Accademia, home to Michelangelo's David, at a time when the large crowds are likely to have dispersed. Please note that due to the Florence authorities policy, because this tour includes the Vasari corridor, children under the age of 8 may not take part.