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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:Standard Tour: 3 hoursUpgrade Tour: 4 hours

Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor Walking Tour

With limited time in Florence, avoid the crowds and take a walking tour through the Uffizi Gallery before gaining exclusive private access to a collection of portraits and paintings housed in the Vasari Corridor. This is your opportunity to visit the Vasari Corridor when it is closed to the general public.

Want to see these sites in a smaller group (maximum 15 people) and enjoy breakfast on the Uffizi Gallery terrace, too? Then upgrade to the small-group tour, and start your day in style with breakfast in the sunshine, before the doors open to the general public. Follow it up with a more in-depth Uffizi Gallery tour (lasting 2 hours) before heading to the Vasari Corridor for a private tour.


  • Enjoy exclusive private viewing of the Vasari Corridor
  • Prioritized entry without queuing at the Ufizzi Gallery
  • Personalized small group and commentary (maximum 25 people)
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Guided walking tour inside the Uffizi Gallery Museums
  • Upgrade to enjoy breakfast on the Uffizi Gallery terrace, and see the sights of the Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor with a small group -- numbers are limited to 15

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor Walking Tour

Staircase from the Uffizi Gallery to the Vasari Corridor

Avoid long lines at the Uffizi Gallery as your guide delivers an informative commentary on your 1.5-hour tour through the gallery's main rooms. Next, you'll enjoy a private viewing of the Vasari Corridor. Hidden between city houses and even passing through a church, the Vasari Corridor has evolved as one of the most astounding architectural masterpieces of the Renaissance.

After your walking tour inside of the Uffizi Gallery, doors leading to the Vasari Corridor will be opened exclusively for the group. Seeing the Vasari Corridor when it is closed to the general public is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Tickets are limited and each group will consist of 25 people maximum with your own guide.

Your private walk along the Vasari Corridor will take you back to the times of the Medici, when Cosimo and his wife, Eleonora, walked along their private corridor, from one side of Florence to the other, observing the crowd below. Built above the Ponte Vecchio, the passageway dates back to 1564 and stretches almost a mile between Palazzo Pitti, over the Arno to Palazzo della Signoria. It was Cosimo I who first summoned the architect Giorgio Vasari to build such a path for the royal family.

8am Small-Group Tour Upgrade (4 hours):
Upgrade to the 8am small-group tour, and see both the Uffizi Gallery and the Vasari Corridor in a small-group of no more than 15 people. Even better, you'll gain access to the Uffizi Gallery as soon as the doors open -- before the general public step foot inside. Start your tour with a breakfast on the terrace, and enjoy coffee and a selection of pastries, cured meats and cheese in the sun. Then, head down to the gallery itself for an extended tour -- lasting two hours. Your guide will be able to explain the artwork in more detail, giving you an insight into the history behind the Renaissance works.

After exploring the Uffizi Gallery, head to the Vasari Corridor and enjoy your private tour. In your smaller group, you'll see the corridor highlights up-close, with personalized attention from your guide.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was EXCELLENT! Everything ran like clockwork.She was well versed in the art and entertaining in her explanations. I strongly suggest this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guide, Mario was absolutely contagious with excitement and knowledge about the arts and how we can appreciate it more. The vasari Corridor was somehting exceptional and much expertience. The crowds at Ufizi are overwhelming and to have access to the Corridor, behind the closed doors is a great escape.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Frederica was so knowledgable on art, history and architecture. We visited the Piazza first and the the Uffuzi gallery. She gave us a highlight tour but with great detail. This was a great way to do such a large gallery. We stopped for a light breakfast tea and croissant where we got to know each other better. Then to the Vasari corridor too see how the Medici's traveled from the Pitti palace to the city offices. She talked about art, politics, history, and family trees, and many other things. We learned so much and felt lucky to get into such a unique space.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Mario did a great job of explaining the stylistic changes in art in Florence. It was a great way to look through such a vast collection by focusing of pieces of art that were exemplary of these changes. It was nice to have a reserved seated coffee break in the middle of the tour. I loved the Vasarai Corridor...what an incredible collection of artists self portraits through the years.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Barbara our guide was incredibly knowledgable and made the tour one of the best things we did in Florence. We would definitely recommend this to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide Katerina was knowledgeable and engaging and we truly enjoyed our tour. The Vasari Corridor was a true privilege to see! I highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Brilliant tour of the Gallery and the Vasari Corridor. Not to be missed if you are in Florence.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really well organized tour with a knowledgeable guide. Small group allows getting close enough to see paintings.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a wonderful time at the Uffizi Gallery. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgable. The Vasari corridor makes this tour even more special! Highly recommended for art lovers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Was fantastic, great guide called Barbara. very informative and lovely sense of humor, a wonderful experience

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