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The FlorencePass Palazzo Vecchio and Vasari Corridor Tour

The FlorencePass Palazzo Vecchio and Vasari Corridor Tour
From Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti crossing the Vasari Corridor.

A guided tour through the history of Florence: from the fierce Republic to the Grand-Duchy of Tuscany, from the Comune to the absolutism established by the Medici family.
 
Customized for lovers of Florentine history the tour starts with an exhaustive description of the Piazza della Signoria and then continues with the visit of Palazzo Vecchio and its museum.
Cosimo I de' Medici will occupy this palace as a private residence in the year 1540 entrusting the ingenious architect Giorgio Vasari with great interventions in order to enlarge and redesign the palace itself (which had been for more than two centuries not only the stronghold of the proud Florentine government but also a symbol of freedom for the entire population).
 
After having purchased Palazzo Pitti in the Oltrarno neighbourhood Cosimo entrusted Vasari with an incredibly challenging task once more: the construction of the Vasari Corridor, a spectacular skywalk becoming more and more useful to the family (as a safe way to move from one part of the city to the other) thanks to the decision made by Ferdinand I to officially transfer the Grand-Ducal court to Palazzo Pitti.
 
A pleasant morning spent within the walls of the fortress-like Palazzo Vecchio visiting the beautiful rooms and halls that are nowadays part of its museum: the majestic Salone dei 500 (the Great Hall of the 500), Leo X's room and the Lily room. Breathtaking artworks such as Vasari's frescoes and sculptural masterpieces by artists of Michelangelo's and Donatello's calibre will wait for us in every corner of the palace.
Shortly after this we will continue with the crossing of the secret passageway known as the Vasari Corridor: for one full hour - in a small group of max 25 people - you will have the sought-after chance ( only an average 100 people visit it in a day ) to follow the footsteps of the Medicis along this corridor built atop Ponte Vecchio and passing through towers, courtyards and gardens in via Guicciardini. We would then end our visit after having admired the stunning Buontalenti's Grotto in the Boboli Gardens from the outside.
 
The Vasari Corridor epitomises not only the natural and magnificent continuation of the Uffizi Gallery but also a spectacular introduction to the Pitti Palace Palatina Gallery.
While crossing this architectural masterpiece our walk will be delighted by a vast selection of paintings (by the main Italian and European schools from the 1600s) and - most important of all - by its unique collection of self-portraits: a proper hall of fame for artists from all over the world! (About 600 self-portraits are usually on display).

Children can participate to this tour only if 8+ yo.

 
N.B. Please consider to wear warm clothing in the winter, because the Vasari Corridor is not provided with any heating system.
Pictures allowed without flash, take your cameras!
No large bags, rucksacks and no big umbrella, please, consider that otherwise you will have to drop them at the cloak-room.

 

 

 

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Palazzo Vecchio and Vasari Corridor Morning Tour

Meeting point Piazza della Signoria outside Caffé Rivoire at junction with via Vacchereccia
Tour length

Start: Piazza della Signoria outside Caffé Rivoire at junction with via Vacchereccia
End: Piazza Pitti
Price Adult price: €85.00
Reduced price <18: €76.50
Why choose us? Always small groups
Best quality
Unbeatable prices
Museum fees included Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace)
Vasari Corridor