After reading Inferno, by Dan Brown and spending much time in Florence, we decided to do Florencetown’s Vasari Tour. Although the cost was 85 Euros it was well worth it for the incredible three hour tour that began in Palazzo Vecchio and ended in the Boboli Gardens. The main factor that made the tour so good was our amazing tour guide, Mario Gesu. Mario’s passion for the arts was contagious as he led us through the Palazzo Vecchio explaining how to identify when the various paintings were created, by which artist and who influenced whom. The entire tour was a class in Medieval, Renaissance, Post Renaissance and Reformation paintings. It was magical and we did not want the tour to end.
Walking through the Vasari Corridor (above the Ponte Vecchio) as the Medici did hundreds of years ago was an exhilarating step back in time. Mario’s descriptions of the self-portraits of famous artists were again splendid. He explained ‘color’ versus ‘drawing’ in such a way that everyone in the group understood and could identify which characteristic was being utilized.
I was really impressed by this tour. Even if it starts very early, it was definitely well worth the early wake up. We entered the Uffizi Gallery the first ones, and managed to see the empty rooms before anybody else got on the museum, which was an amazing feeling, as the museum gets really busy afterwards when they open the doors. Our guide was probably one of the best guides I’ve ever had, and I’ve been on many tours! He was really passionate and instead of just explaining what the paintings were and who they were by, he made us live and breathe art. That was great, as there’s so much art in Italy that when we then went to another museum I could feel like I understood much better. We had breakfast at the terrace at the Uffizi, which was a great experience. And then the visit of the Vasari corridor, which is normally closed to the public, so we got a private visit for us, which was amazing. It’s impressing the amount and quality of art you get at the Vasari corridor, and felt very privileged that we could have access to this. Definitely recommend this tour!
This tour was fantastic. We had our early access to Uffizi Gallery which was great. We walked around the gallery while listening to our guide's explanation. Then we went for a breakfast and very deserve break. The terrace where we had breakfast is beautiful. After the break we were all ready to see the Vasari Corridors. It is absolutely amazing! It was only our group walking along the Corridor and our guide was giving us a lot of details about it. Absolutely amazing. Definitely a must do!
Great tour. I had always wanted to visit the Vasari Corridor and this tour really fulfilled my dream in many ways. In the early part of the visit the guide took us on a short tour through the history of art in Florence through the Renaissance. In each room we passed through in the Uffizi she would point out one or two painting and explain their significance to the development of art, e.g., illusions related to perspective and depth. Our guide was an art history major and had lots of interesting details and stories about the history of Florence and art.. I loved it when the guard from the Uffizi opened up the double door to the corridor and we decended down the staircase feeling like Alice in Wonderful going into the rabbit hole to visit a whole new world. The smaller group setting was ideal for me as I was able to ask the guide a few questions and learn a little more than I would have in another type of group. The views of the streets, bridges and Arno River from the corridor were amazing. The portrait gallery was probably my favorite area in the corridor presenting us with glimpses of what the different artists looked like (whose work we'd previously seen). Thanks again for a wonderful time. I can't wait to visit again!
Die Tour war insgesamt sehr schön. Wir waren in einer kleinen Gruppe (5 Personen) unterwegs, was es deutlich entspannter machte, unserer Gruppenleiterin Elisa Lotti zu zuhören. Die Kunst in den Uffizien ist überwältigend!
Der Vasari Korridor war weniger spektakulär. Einfach ein sehr, sehr langer Gang, der teilweise über der Ponte Vecchio liegt. Ist jetzt nicht ein unbedingtes MUST.
Alles in allem eine interessante und lehrreiche Führung.
Danke noch mal an Elisa!!!
Our tour guide, Vanessa, was extremely knowledgeable about all the art and the raison d'être of the Vasari corridor. It was amazing to be the only group (about 14 people) in the corridor. Such an interesting experience. Well worth the visit
The guide was excellent and the tour through the Vasari Cooridor was great
What a great opportunity to see something few people even know about....the Vasari Corridor. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient. It was fascinating!
We were very impressed with the guide whose name we think was Julia. She was excellent, considering the crowds and the heat , especially within the Uffizi itself ... she manoeuvred us through the Gallery so deftly under extreme conditions, and her commentary was excellent as well. The Vasari Corridor component was also excellent and we had a far more personal experience there as we were the only group going through at the time, and Julia's commentary was excellent, yet again! Would recommend this to anybody who is interested in art!!
Fantastic guide, you really get an understanding about the history of the art work (really great if you are into your art), the Vasari corridor is amazing, it really made the tour, at the end you pop out at the gardens, it is really worthwhile to give yourself extra time to spend exploring them, as they are very beautiful.
This tour was one of the high points of our trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and we learned a ton about the progress of art from the middle ages through the Renaissance and beyond. It was very hot in the museum, and very crowded: she encouraged us all to return in November for a more peaceful visit. But when the guards unlocked a side door for us, admitting just our group to the Vasari Corridor, it was really special. The portraits and the history of the place was just incredible. Learning that Hitler and Mussolini had walked that very corridor was unbelievable. We came home and found a newsreel of it on the internet. You also get a surprise view into another spectacular church from the corridor. Truly worth your while!
Mario was an excellent guide with massive knowledge of art and history - a real education and we were treated as adults with intelligence, not just 'tourists'. Highly recommended, especially the private tour of the amazing Vasari corridor. Came away with an extended knowledge of this amazing city.
The tour starts in the Uffizi museum and we were shown around some of the most well known works of art. Our guide was knowledgeable but given how crowded the museum was by mid-afternoon when we started our tour it was difficult to keep up and hear what was being said. It was also unbearably hot. All of that changed however when we were permitted entry into the extraordinary Vasari corridor - that connects the Uffizi gallery to the Pitti Palace through a church. Only 25 people were permitted into the corridor with the tour guide and two members of the Uffizi gallery security staff to walk the 1km or so from the Uffizi to Michaelangelo's grotto in the Boboli Gardens. The corridor is lined with paintings and contains one of the biggest collections of self-portraits by well known artists in the world. The Vasari corridor was fantastic - a really worthwhile trip. The only thing I would have changed was to do the early morning tour rather than the 3.30pm one - that's because the Uffizi will be less crowded and much cooler.
This was the tour of a lifetime! Absolutely fantastic, second to none. Elisa Lotti is extremely knowledgeable and makes the characters involved in the art and history of Florence come alive. She selected relevant art which had references to what she had already shown us to illustrate historical events and artistic developments. We were never bored. The Vasari corridor was a supreme treat. The many self-portraits were all new to us, and Elisa's stories made us feel like children again. You will be sad when, after the Boboli gardens and the grotto, the tour is over. Ask for Elisa!
This was a really wonderful tour--our guide was extremely knowledgeable, and very personable! He involved the entire tour in a discussion about the evolution of art, and he really taught us a lot, using the various galleries throughout the Uffizi as his classroom. As crowded as the Uffizi galleries can be, the Vasari Corridor was exclusively ours, and it was really exciting to have sole access to one of the world's greatest private collections. All in all, I really recommend this tour for art lovers of all ages, and all levels of experience. Not only did we learn a lot, we came away with a better sense of the true passion for art to be found in Florence!
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