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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:60 minutes (approx.)

Skip the Line: Florence Vasari Corridor with Optional Boboli Gardens Ticket

Travel through the hidden passageway of Florence's Vasari Corridor on this skip-the-line tour, including optional admission to the Boboli Gardens. Enjoy direct access to the Vasari Corridor, a walkway built for the secret comings and goings of the Medici family in 1564. Explore the stunning artwork that now lines the passage on a 1-hour guided tour with an art expert, catching views of the Arno River outside. Upgrade your ticket to include skip-the-line access to the Boboli Gardens, strolling the lawns sprinkled with grand statues, fountains and monuments.

Highlights

  • Skip-the-line 1-hour Vasari Corridor tour with an expert guide
  • Enjoy priority access to the Vasari Corridor, the secret walkway used by Florence’s Medici rulers
  • Stroll the corridor from the Uffizi Gallery over the Ponte Vecchio to the Pitti Palace
  • Behold the stunning art collection and magical views over Florence from the Ponte Vecchio
  • Upgrade to visit the Boboli Gardens after your Vasari Corridor tour
  • Gain skip-the-line entry to the exquisite gardens, designed for the Medicis
  • Explore the manicured gardens and avenues at leisure to see their statues, fountains and follies

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Follow in the steps of Florence's wily Medici rulers on this combo. Visit the passageway that let them slip unseen between the center and their main residence, the Pitti Palace; and, if you wish, upgrade to explore the gardens where they relaxed around the manicured lawns, statues and fountains.

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Florence Vasari Corridor with Optional Boboli Gardens Ticket

Upgrade to explore the glorious Boboli Gardens at your leisure

Your tour will begin at the Palazzo Vecchio, where you’ll join up with your guide before heading to the Uffizi Gallery. Bypass the main entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket and go straight inside to access the Vasari Corridor.

The Vasari Corridor was constructed in the 16th century, commissioned by Cosimo I. The secret passageway connected the Pitti Palace to the Ufffizi Gallery on the opposite side of the Arno River, and was rumored to allow the members of the powerful Medici family to roam stealthily through the city.

Today, the Vasari Corridor contains one of the world’s most impressive collections of self-portraits, along with Renaissance paintings and sculptures. Admire works from masters such as Rubens, Rembrandt and Velazquez, while checking out views of the Ponte Vecchio from the hushed corridor's circular windows. Learn about the history of the artwork from your guide as you stroll, along with secret stories about the pathway.

Your tour will conclude after an hour, exiting near the Boboli Gardens.

Skip-the-Line Boboli Gardens Entrance Ticket Upgrade:
After your guided tour of the Vasari Corridor, enjoy free time to purchase lunch before entering the beautiful Boboli Gardens with your skip-the-line ticket. 

The gardens date back to the 15th century and were enlarged by the Medicis, later inspiring other famous European gardens, including Versailles. Explore at your own pace, admiring the plants, fountains and sculptures that dot the grounds. Amble around the grand monuments, including the amphitheater and 18th-century follies such as the Kaffehaus and Buontalenti Grotto.

Feel free to lounge around the gardens until closing time.

Customer Reviews

Kevin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great experience with the guide enhancing the experience.

Manya S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wonderful experience with a small group. The Vasari Corridor is not widely known which is a plus for visitors. Excellent guide using headphones so that we could look and listen. Along the walls are the most wonderful self-portraits of all the well-known artists from earlier times to modern. Wonderful views from all the windows along the way with plenty of time to photograph, not at all hurried.

Julius C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The Guide was well documented and had an interesting presentation during the tour.
Very happy to having included this tour in our trip.
A unique and valuable experience in broadening our knowledge about Florence history.

Gregory R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My first Group tour and it was totally fantastic!
The guide was charming and very knowledgeable about art history
Vasari Corridor itself was well worth visiting and a group is the only way to do so
Easy walk and very reasonably priced
Viator makes everything easy, directions are precise and easy to follow

Catherine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

An interesting tour with an interesting guide who was passionate and knowledgable about the history of the corridor and the artworks. Spoke clearly and was eager to answer questions

rudy p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great, our guide Luccia was excellent. It was well worth the money. Small group and not rushed.

Joyce J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

With a small group it was easy to hear the guide. As is was a timed entry we were separated from the other groups and so had plenty of space to look at everything in peace and quiet. It was a very interesting experience for those of us who had an interest in art and renaissance history. I loved being able to look down on the crowds mingling around on the bridge below us and imagining what it must have been like in the time of the Medicis.

Martin R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very knowledgeable guide, quite comprehensive. Well worth doing. Many thanks

ALEXANDRE E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Tout était vraiment parfait, le prix et élevé mais c'est sans doute un niveau imposé par le musée pour ouvrir ce passage exceptionnel. Activité à ne pas rater si on veut profiter à fond de son séjour: beauté des tableaux, et des panoramas depuis ce corridor. Encore merci à note guide.

LYNN B

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.

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