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

Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in famous Florentine art with a 3-hour, skip-the-line tour of the Uffizi Gallery and private admission to the Vasari Corridor, a once-secret passageway that’s now home to one of the world’s most impressive collections of portraits. For an even more intimate experience, upgrade your ticket to include breakfast on the Uffizi Gallery terrace before opening hours. Your meal will be followed with a comprehensive, 2-hour tour of the Gallery and a private tour of the Vasari Corridor.

Highlights

  • 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

Begin your 3-hour tour by skipping the long lines outside the Uffizi Gallery and heading straight inside. Your guide will lead you through the impressive collection of Renaissance art in the main rooms before heading to the Vasari Corridor, which will be open only to your private group.

Giorgio Vasari constructed the corridor as a secret path for the Medici family in 1564, under the summons of Cosimo I de’ Medici. Built above the Ponte Vecchio, the passageway stretches almost a mile between Palazzo Pitti, over the Arno to Palazzo della Signoria. Stroll along the private corridor, admiring beautiful views of Florence below. Your guide will discuss the unique collection of portraits now housed in the passageway.

8am Small-Group Tour Upgrade (4 hours):

To upgrade your one-of-a-kind experience, select the 8am tour and enter the Uffizi Gallery before opening hours. With a smaller group of 15, begin your tour with an Italian breakfast on the Gallery terrace, including a selection of cured meats, cheeses, pastries and coffee. After enjoying your meal out in the fresh air, travel down to the Gallery for a comprehensive, 2-hour tour. Your private guide will provide insightful commentary on the impressive display of Renaissance artwork around you.

After your in-depth tour of the Uffizi Gallery concludes, follow your guide up to the Vasari Corridor for a private tour of the passageway. Enjoy the scenery, the art and the personal attention from your guide.

Customer Reviews

kmy888

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fantastic Tour - very happy we were able to see this.

Susan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Terrific tour with our very knowledgeable guide Sara, who is a professor in art history. She escorted us through key works and rooms and works in the Uffizi and then into the Vasari Corridor. While the whole concept of the corridor and being able to walk it is a treat in itself, so too are many of the artworks including the huge collection of artist self portraits. These span centuries including some more modern ones by Marc Chagall, Joseph Beuys and Robert Rauchenberg. This tour was one of the best things we did in Florence.

J L C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Our guide Elisa was great. Good sense of humor. Told an excellent story. Thanks.

J A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Amazing, informative, so interesting. The guide was great. I learnt so much about artworks that I did not know. A highlight of our holiday. A must do

ROBERT S

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.

anna v

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.

Janice B

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.

Amanda B

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.

Sally S

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.

Marichu M

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!

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