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.
This tour was wonderful! Our guide, Eleanora, was amazing - informative, enthususiatic, insightful and charming, too! We saw so many amazing and memorable sights and hear such details about the art, the Medicis, and the mysterious Ito us) Corridor. I would highly recommend this tour!
My mother recommended this tour to me, and I'm glad we did it. Having seen the Uffizi a couple of times before, without a guide, seeing just the highlights in a guided format was just perfect. My partner isn't a huge art buff, so it was perfect for him too. For us, the Vasari Corridor was the main attraction and the reason we booked. It was a fascinating insight into the Medicis way of doing things; we really felt we were walking in their shoes, being a part of that history. The only negative was the "sound machines" (as our guide called the personal audio devices) were truly awful and very difficult to hear; fortunately once we entered the corridor we were a small group and we were able to ditch them. Nevertheless, a great tour and highly recommended.
This tour was in incredible experience. Unless you are an art historian, a guide is a must to appreciate the collection. The Vasari tour was unbelieveable; we feel priviledged to be some of the few who have walked through the corridor and followed the path of the Medicis.
As an "art tragic" this was a highlight of my holiday. The enthusiam and knowledge of the guide made the tour especially enjoyable and the small group added a personal feel of the day. To walk through the corridor in the footsteps of the Medicis was a truely magical experience. Not cheap, but for me worth every cent - and I'd gladly pay to do it again. One of 6 tours I booked through Viator before leaving home and everyone of them lived up to their promises. Completely hassle free and I highly reommend Viator.
I really enjoyed this. The guide was excellent. It was a good thing to do on our first day in Florence because it gave us an overview of the city. Read your Medici history before you go and you will get a lot out of this walking tour!
Doing what: Florence Walking Tour
This was one of our Italy highlights. This tour is very rarely seen in tour books and must be booked early. Well worth the effort and expense. Fascinating history of the Medici. Our tour guide Sylvia was wonderful.
The tour was fantastic. It felt very special to be walking above all the other tourists on the Ponte Vecchio, secretly taking in the views of Florence from the vantage point created by the Medicis. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and very good humored. The length of the tour - 3 hours - is plenty of time to see a selection of the works in the Uffizi (Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci) and make your way over the river to the Pitti Palace. Although it would have helped if we (I was there with my mum) had known we would end up on the other side of the river - where we had gone earlier that day! Exhausted by the end but we felt a few glasses of Prosecco were well-deserved!
The tour was wonderful - a quick survey of the treasures of the Uffizi without having to wait in the long line outside and then entry to the secret passageway used by the Medici family - amazing.
We had a wonderful tour guide who firstly took us throught some of the most important rooms at the Uffizi talking to us with knowledge yet making it interesting and fun even for the novices. We had a 10 min break and then we entered through a double door into a private corridor closing off the noise and people in the Uffizi to explore the private world of the Medici family. It was very special and was definitely a highlight of our holiday.
An outstanding tour. Walikng in the footsteps of the Medici family was quite an experience. The tour guide kept everyone's interest through out the tour. The tour through selected parts of the Uffizi was excellent. Overall, a very worthwhile experience
This gave us great insight into the Medici dynasty. The corridor takes a fascinating route and the portraits are inspiring. We could have done with much more time in the corridor and less in the Uffizi, which can't be viewed in a short time anyway. We would recommend this to anyone who wants to see into the inner workings of Florence, but this is not for first timers to the Uffizi.
First, my wife and I scheduled 6-7 tour while we were in Italy, and in general we were extremely pleased with everything that we booked through Viator. The tour guide really made this particular tour fun for both my wife and I. I am an Architect so of course this was totally my thing; museums don't always interest my wife- but we both loved this tour. First the tour guide was a well educated artist (or art historian) and we thought it was very interesting how he explained the various periods of artwork, and the transitions from early art through the Renaissance and into the Baroque period and the religious nature of the art. He really helped us to be able to look at the art and be able to understand how to identify what period it came from. Our favorite part of this tour was the walk through the Vasari Corridor and to learn about the Medici Family and their history. If you have four hours this was a great tour!
We liked this tour. The tour guide knew about the gallery and the history of the Medici family. It was fascinating to see a part of Florence you don't usually see.
The tour was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and a good communicator and brought some interesting insights into the familiar renaissance masterpieces. We were particularly pleased to be part of a small, well-informed group. The corridor was very special and we felt privileged to follow in the footsteps of the Medicis. Expensive, but a rare treat and the highlight of our trip.
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