Vasari Corridor and Uffizi Gallery Tour
- Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
**On Dec 1st The Vasari Corridor entry has been suspended by Uffizi Management due to long term maintenance. The Uffizi Gallery remains open and we will now offer a guided walking tour of exterior of Vasari Corridor. The price for this tour has been adjusted**About the Tour:
Great for history buffs and art enthusiasts, this tour takes in both Florence’s star art-world attraction and one of its most enduring secrets. Your small group (with a maximum of 25 people) will first explore the art masterpieces of the Uffizi gallery (including works by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Titian)—and then, enjoy an in-depth guided tour of Vasari Corridor (once the covert passageway of the Medicis).Accompanying you will be an expert, English-speaking guide whose knowledge illuminates the history and significance of these sites.
What We Love About This Tour:
- Walking along the outside path of the extraordinary, portrait-filled Vasari Corridor—the longtime secret Florentine passageway of the Medicis
- Marveling at the art treasures of the Uffizi gallery, including works by Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci
- Skipping entry lines to spend more time on exploration and art appreciation
“This guided tour of the Vasari corridor is a must when visiting Florence. Our tour guide gave us a fantastic tour of the amazing building and the art that it possessed—and more interestingly got us to participate and understand the art from the aspect of an art history student.”-Ali, August 2015
Tour Itinerary: Stop 1: Uffizi Gallery
Originally built in the 16th century to house Florence’s judiciary and administrative offices (or “uffizi,” in Italian), this grand gallery complex on the Piazza della Signoria today houses the city’s most stunning collection of Renaissance artworks. After meeting with your group at 3 p.m., you’ll get to see these art treasures, including paintings by Italian masters like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Titian, and Giotto. You’ll also spy works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, El Greco, and dozens of ancient Roman and Greek sculptures.
Stop 2: Vasari Corridor
After taking in the Uffizi’s artworks, your guide will next lead you outside the walls to one of the most fascinating secrets in Florence. Commissioned by the Medici family in 1564, he Vasari Corridor is a more-than-half-mile-long passageway that provided a covert conduit for the Medicis between their home (Palazzo Pitti) and the government offices on the other side of the Arno. Today, this passage is temporarily closed —but you’ll get to follow its route from the outside of the portrait-filled hallways, above the Ponte Vecchio, and to the church of Santa Felicita before exiting at the Boboli Gardens.
- All entry fees
- Special Skip-the-Line access
- Headsets that insure you always hear your guide
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Please be sure to arrive at the tour departure point 15 minutes before the starting time. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, and missed tours or tickets will not be refunded.
- Please inform us if you plan to bring children younger than 5 years of age on the tour.
- A small purse or camera bag only (no backpacks or large shoulder bags). Security checks at some sites restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside.