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, 2020. Updated, February 2019 - and it now looks like 2021, not 2020 will see the re-opening - read our latest blog post here.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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