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This was a two part tour which was well worth the extra expense. The tour guide was great and if you are interested in art this is a very worthwhile tour.
This tour was one of the high points of our trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and we learned a ton about the progress of art from the middle ages through the Renaissance and beyond. It was very hot in the museum, and very crowded: she encouraged us all to return in November for a more peaceful visit. But when the guards unlocked a side door for us, admitting just our group to the Vasari Corridor, it was really special. The portraits and the history of the place was just incredible. Learning that Hitler and Mussolini had walked that very corridor was unbelievable. We came home and found a newsreel of it on the internet. You also get a surprise view into another spectacular church from the corridor. Truly worth your while!
The tour starts in the Uffizi museum and we were shown around some of the most well known works of art. Our guide was knowledgeable but given how crowded the museum was by mid-afternoon when we started our tour it was difficult to keep up and hear what was being said. It was also unbearably hot. All of that changed however when we were permitted entry into the extraordinary Vasari corridor - that connects the Uffizi gallery to the Pitti Palace through a church. Only 25 people were permitted into the corridor with the tour guide and two members of the Uffizi gallery security staff to walk the 1km or so from the Uffizi to Michaelangelo's grotto in the Boboli Gardens. The corridor is lined with paintings and contains one of the biggest collections of self-portraits by well known artists in the world. The Vasari corridor was fantastic - a really worthwhile trip. The only thing I would have changed was to do the early morning tour rather than the 3.30pm one - that's because the Uffizi will be less crowded and much cooler.
Our tour guide was an art historian with such passion and personality that our tour was absolutely incredible.
We enjoyed breakfast and private entranceways to avoid the long lines. A must.
This was the tour of a lifetime! Absolutely fantastic, second to none. Elisa Lotti is extremely knowledgeable and makes the characters involved in the art and history of Florence come alive. She selected relevant art which had references to what she had already shown us to illustrate historical events and artistic developments. We were never bored. The Vasari corridor was a supreme treat. The many self-portraits were all new to us, and Elisa's stories made us feel like children again. You will be sad when, after the Boboli gardens and the grotto, the tour is over. Ask for Elisa!
Mario was an excellent guide with massive knowledge of art and history - a real education and we were treated as adults with intelligence, not just 'tourists'. Highly recommended, especially the private tour of the amazing Vasari corridor. Came away with an extended knowledge of this amazing city.
Really enjoyed this tour. The guide was very knowledgable and engaging, we got to go into the Uffizi thru a side door (kinda cool) and skip the lines at the front. The gallery was interesting, but the real treat was the Vassari corridor. At a point on our Uffizi tour, a few guards open a door just for us and we enter the corridor. We were the only tour in there, so it was, in essence, a private tour just for our group. It was fantastic to walk the length, see the portraits and also the view of Florence thru the windows all along the corridor. We exited at the Pitti Palace and stll had time to visit the Boboli gardens before heading across the street from the palace and into that neighbourhood for a fantastic dinner. I highly recommend this tour
This was a really wonderful tour--our guide was extremely knowledgeable, and very personable! He involved the entire tour in a discussion about the evolution of art, and he really taught us a lot, using the various galleries throughout the Uffizi as his classroom. As crowded as the Uffizi galleries can be, the Vasari Corridor was exclusively ours, and it was really exciting to have sole access to one of the world's greatest private collections. All in all, I really recommend this tour for art lovers of all ages, and all levels of experience. Not only did we learn a lot, we came away with a better sense of the true passion for art to be found in Florence!
A great tour. Mario, the guide was absolutely amazing. Knowledgable, engaging, full of energy and kept the group involved and hanging on his every word. It avoided the crowds as much as possible, and the Vasari Corridor was fantastic. Worth every cent.
Walking the Vasari corridor was a highlight - fantastic art that do many will never see and the stories great. Going thru the corridor gives you greater perspective on the life in the day and wealth of the ruling class. Well worth the tour!!
Incredible. I wish we could spend an extra hour more in the corridor.
Excellent tour, guide well informed and passionate about Florence and Art/History.
Would highly recommend.
Well worth the extra to do the Vasari coridor...guide very knowledgable with excellent sense of humor. Stimulated our interest in Rennaissance art.I will strongly reccommend these FLorence Viator tours to others.
Informative and well structured tour. Great way to see Uffizi and the corridor.
My mother recommended this tour to me, and I'm glad we did it. Having seen the Uffizi a couple of times before, without a guide, seeing just the highlights in a guided format was just perfect. My partner isn't a huge art buff, so it was perfect for him too. For us, the Vasari Corridor was the main attraction and the reason we booked. It was a fascinating insight into the Medicis way of doing things; we really felt we were walking in their shoes, being a part of that history. The only negative was the "sound machines" (as our guide called the personal audio devices) were truly awful and very difficult to hear; fortunately once we entered the corridor we were a small group and we were able to ditch them. Nevertheless, a great tour and highly recommended.