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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  60 minutes (approx.)
See the Vasari Corridor and Boboli Gardens in one afternoon in Florence! Following in the footsteps of 15th-century aristocrats, walk through the Vasari Corridor – the city's secret passageway – on a guided tour. Learn of the clandestine meetings and dastardly dealings that took place in this intriguing walkway, and see the beautiful Renaissance art that graces its walls. Your tour finishes in Boboli Gardens, where you will skip the entrance lines with your fast-track ticket and spend the afternoon exploring the gardens at leisure.


  • 1-hour Vasari Corridor tour
  • Learn about Cosimo I, who commissioned the corridor in the 15th century
  • Follow the corridor's 'Prince's Itinerary' route from the Uffizi Gallery to Pitti Palace
  • Enjoy priority access to the Boboli Gardens with your skip-the-line ticket, and relax at leisure

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Built in the 1540s, the Vasari Corridor was created as a hidden walkway that connected Pitti Palace to the Uffizi Gallery on the other side of the River Arno. The Grand Duke of Florence (Cosimo I) commissioned it to be built in honor of his son's wedding; however it's believed there were other motives for its creation. A popular tale is that the anti-social duke simply wanted a secret walkway to avoid his enemies on the streets!

Meet your guide at the Palazzo Vecchio before heading inside the Ufizzi Gallery to enter the corridor itself.

Split into three distinct sections, the Vasari Corridor is an art lover's delight, containing an array of Renaissance paintings, sculptures and portraits. As you walk through the corridor, following the walkway back across the bridge (the route known as the ‘Prince's Itinerary’), your guide will explain the stunning art collections to you. See 17th- and 18th-century paintings by Italian artists and pass the world's largest collection of self-portraits while walking above the Ponte Vecchio.

The corridor ends near the Boboli Gardens, and your guide will point you in the right direction to enter them. Head past the queues with your skip-the-line ticket and then spend as much time as you want, relaxing at leisure in this elegantly tranquil park.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide was fantastic and very informative. The tour was well coordinated and on time. A very informative and entertaining tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We learned a lot during the Vasari Corridor Tour and the Boboli Gardens was beautiful to walk through. Thanks for a great tour!

Julia G
United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is a fantastic tour and great way to learn more in depth about the Medici's. You have a real feeling of being behind the scenes and walking where others have walked over the centuries!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Interesting and informative. Great for anyone interested in history or art.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Easy meeting point with obvious representatives waiting. Really interesting tour of the Vasari Corridor - knowledgeable guide. Set off at very fast pace through the Uffizi gallery which was a bit disconcerting but guide wanted us to be first of the tour groups to set off through the corridor they start off at approx 5 minute intervals - wish he had told us that at the start! The pace through the corridor itself was fine.
No queue to get into the Boboli gardens but well worth a visit to explore on your own. Very few signs in the garden itself - get a map.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Rather late starting as a few people very late arriving but once we got going - absolutely brilliant! Very good guide with wonderful store of knowledge!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Very well organised - not hurried and led by knowledgeable guides. A real thrill to be doing it - expensive but worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Certainly worth it. It was our second time visiting Florence and this was something we were unable to hit the first time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The tour was well organised. Our guide gave us earphones so we could hear her talking even in busy areas. She was very knowledgeable about the corridors history and the art work within. If you are interested in the history of the corridor or self portraits then there is plenty to gain on this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The Best
The tour was one of the best we have been on. The tour guide was both knowledgable and responsive our questions. He provided excellent insight to the corridor and the wonderful paintings that lined it. It was so good I would do it again. Don't miss this tour.

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