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

Best Skip the Line: Boboli Gardens with Vasari Corridor Tour

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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Best Skip the Line: Boboli Gardens with Vasari Corridor Tour

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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 November 2015

Great experience with the guide enhancing the experience.

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.

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.

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

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

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.

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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