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  • Address: Piazzale degli Uffizi 6, Florence, Tuscany 50125, Italy
  • Hours: By private tour only
  • Admission: Varies

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Vasari Corridor

The Vasari Corridor (Corridoio Vasariano) is a medieval passageway connecting Palazzo Vecchio and the Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti), each set on opposite banks of the Arno River in Florence. Snaking through and along many of the city's landmarks, the near-mile-long, elevated walkway was once a secret, used by the Medici family to travel unnoticed through Florence. Today, it is an art gallery, home to one of the world's largest collections of self-portraits—and still somewhat of a secret. Closed off to mass tourism, the corridor is only accessible via guided tours with limited numbers, rendering gallery visits a rare and coveted experience.

A literal walk through history, the enclosed Vasari Corridor takes visitors into an entrance on the second floor of the Uffizi Gallery; across the river in a passageway running atop the Ponte Vecchio; through a private balcony in the Church of Santa Felicita; and into the Boboli Gardens, as it extends to the interior of the Pitti Palace.

In addition to exclusive views of the city, visitors can enjoy the some 1,000 works of art lining the halls of the corridor, including the famous self-portraits that dates back to the 16th century. The collection features paintings by European greats such as Bernini, Guido Reni, Rubens, Ingres, and Delacroix.

Because tours are limited to a maximum of one hour and to groups of no more than 22, you can expect a quiet and nearly private tour of the Vasari Corridor. Entrance can be combined with a skip-the-line ticket to the Uffizi Gallery and a guided tour of the Pitti Palace museums.

Practical Info

Access to the Vasari Corridor is only by guided tours with varying prices and operating hours. The corridor's entrance can be found in the western hall on the second floor of the Uffizi Gallery. The tour is one-way, leaving visitors in the Boboli Gardens near the Buontalenti Grotto. The full length of the corridor is not open to the public, and visitors asked to check large bags will have to make their own way back to the Uffizi Gallery to collect their belongings.

Transit:
The Uffizi Gallery is located in the heart of Florence, next to the Palazzo Vecchio. The museum is a 10-minute walk from Santa Maria Novella train station. From there, walk down Via Cerretani until you reach Piazza del Duomo and then take Via Calzaiuoli toward Piazza della Signoria. When facing Palazzo Vecchio, head to the right and you will find the Uffizi Gallery.

Accessibility:
The corridor is three-quarters of a mile long (almost one kilometer) and contains a number of stairs at the beginning and end of the tour, so it is not wheelchair accessible. Tours are fairly quick-paced given the time restraints and are not recommended for those with mobility difficulties.

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