Hidden Florence: The Boboli Gardens and the Vasari Corridor
Our morning guided tour will allow you to enjoy the beauty and quietness of the enchanting Boboli Gardens, prototype of all so-called "Italian Renaissance Gardens", and the captivating and mysterious Vasari Corridor, travelling majestically atop of the gold-shops of Ponte Vecchio and reaching the Pitti Palace in the Oltrarno neighborhood.
Walking around and exploring the Boboli Gardens in the early morning, away from the heat even in the summertime, you will admire the articulated interventions of great landscape architects of the past centuries, working for Cosimo I de' Medici, his descendants and for the Hapsburg-Lorraine family, after the extinction of the Medicis.
The highlights will certainly be the Buontalenti's Grotto, the Amphitheater, the grandious Cypress Avenue and the “little island”with the Fountain of Neptune by Giambologna.
After a cappuccino or an espresso break, you will continue the tour, always in the company of our expert guide, crossing the Ponte Vecchio and eyeing the Vasari Corridor above your heads and thinking of being right in there within minutes!
When its doors will be unlocked for you, you will find yourselves in a silent and magic space, for an entire hour, away from the usual crowds of Florence downtown area. From this magnificent vantage point, you will enjoy a decisively exclusive perspective as the spectacular elevated and covered passageway stretches for about 1 km on its way atop of the Ponte Vecchio and through towers, palaces and even a church to end up in the Pitti Palace.
The Vasari Corridor, commissioned to Giorgio Vasari in 1565, as a strong symbol of power and security of the ruler, Cosimo I de' Medici, hosts some 600 selfportraits of national and international artists, such as Andrea del Sarto, Paolo Veronese, Rosalba Carriera, Bernini, Rubens, van Dyck, Velazquez, Joshua Reynolds and more recent ones, like John Singer Sargeant, Marc Chagall, Robert Rauschenberg, Pietro Anningoni and Michelangelo Pistoletto.
The Boboli Gardens and the Vasari Corridor are two unmissable sites in Florence for lovers of arts and of Nature crafted in centuries by artists, showing the way to future landscape architects.
The tour from 8:45am till 1:00pm involves totally about 4 km of walking at the a pleasurable and never hectic pace, anyhow, needless to say, comfortable shoes are highly recommended!
This tour is run rain or shine and is never run on Mondays. Big bags, rucksacks (valid also for the Boboli Gardens) and big umbrellas are NOT allowed into the Vasari Corridor and it is thus mandatory to drop them at the cloak-room.
Off the Beaten Path Tour in Florence City Center
Start: Piazza Pitti outside main entrance of Pitti Palace
End: Piazza Pitti
Reduced <18: €76.50