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Florence Vasari Corridor and Pitti Palace Palatine Gallery Walking Tour

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Overview

Explore two distinct art collections on this 5.5-hour walking tour of the Palatine Gallery and the Vasari Corridor in Florence. Led by a knowledgeable guide, wander the secret passageway of the Vasari Corridor. Once used for private comings and goings by the 16th century Medici family, the walkway now boasts an incredible assemblage of paintings and self-portraits. Afterward, head to the Pitti Palace to roam the lavish Palatine Gallery, home to hundreds of works by Titian, Raphael, Rubens and other masters.
  • 5.5-hour Florence Vasari Corridor and Pitti Palace Palatine Gallery walking tour
  • Visit the Vasari Corridor, the passageway built in 1564 as a secret walkway for the Medicis
  • See the stunning paintings hung in the corridor, and enjoy hidden views of the Arno River
  • Visit the Medicis’ Pitti Palace to explore the Palatine Gallery, home to exquisite Italian, Spanish and Flemish masterworks
  • Admire great works by Caravaggio, Rubens, Tintoretto, Raphael and other artists
  • Learn about Florence under the Medicis and their role in nurturing Renaissance art
  • Enjoy a break for lunch (own expense) between visiting the Varasi and Palatine Gallery
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.
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Giardino di Boboli
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.
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Florence art sites never disappoint...
John B
, Jun 2016
Florence art sites never disappoint. Your contract tour guides met us promptly as promised and explained in significant detail the great art of the Uffize Corrudor and the Pitti Palace Palitinate gallery. Great job / tour coordination
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Our guide, Roberta, was brilliant...
Laurie D
, May 2015
Our guide, Roberta, was brilliant. Her love for art and history was fascinating. Even the non-art lovers in our group couldn't help but love her enthusiasm Fabulous day. Highly recommend.

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