Your walking tour will begin in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria, where your guide will join you. Hear how the square served as the city’s political epicenter between the 14th and 17th centuries while you walk. Your guide will give some insightful background on the influence of the Medici family and Florence’s crucial role during the Renaissance.
Enter the Vasari Corridor, an enclosed and elevated passage that was designed by Giorgio Vasari as a private walkway for Florence’s first Medici ruler, Cosimo I, connecting his residence at the Pitti Palace to the city center. Peer down at the shops of the Ponte Vecchio bridge from the windows and admire hidden views of the Arno.
Aside from spectacular views, today the corridor hosts a collection of over 1,000 paintings and self-portraits from the 17th and 18th centuries. Examine works from Delacroix, Bernini, Rubens and other greats as you stroll the length of the walkway.
Afterward, enjoy a break to purchase lunch and explore the Boboli Gardens. Reunite with your guide at the Pitti Palace, the former Medici residence from 1562 and now home to an incredible collection of artwork in the palace’s Palatine Gallery.
Inside, you’ll find paintings from Raphael, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Titian and other masters, as well as colorful murals and Baroque furnishings. As you travel from room to room, your guide will provide rich context for the work around you.
Your tour will conclude at the gallery, where you’ll have the chance to continuing exploring on your own, if you wish.