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Florence Medici Tour: Uffizi, Vasari Corridor and Palazzo Vecchio Walking Tour

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Florence, Italy
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Overview

Discover the Medici family’s influence on politics, art and Florentine history on a full-day walking tour of the Uffizi, Vasari Corridor and Palazzo Vecchio. Led by a local guide, explore the Uffizi Gallery and then visit the Vasari Corridor, a secret passageway built for Medicis in 1594 that today hosts one of the world’s most impressive collections of self-portraits. Free time for lunch and then enjoy an afternoon visit to wander the opulent halls of the Palazzo Vecchio, home to the first Medici ruler.
  • Florence Uffizi Gallery, Vasari Corridor and Palazzo Vecchio tour
  • Follow the trail of Florence’s Medici rulers at the Palazzo Vecchio and Vasari Corridor
  • Tour the Palazzo Vecchio and see its glorious Hall of the Five Hundred
  • Visit the Vasari Corridor to see its art-laden walls and Arno River views
  • Exit the Vasari at the Boboli Gardens and view the flamboyant Buontalenti Grotti
  • Learn about the Medicis’ rise to power and their patronage of the arts from your expert guide
Your tour will begin in Piazza della Signoria in central Florence, where your guide will join you.

Make your way to the Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor, the elevated passageway linking the Palazzo Vecchio and the Pitti Palace. Giorgio Vasari created the secret skywalk for Cosimo in 1564 so that the Medici family members could travel through the city inconspicuously. Today the Vasari Corridor hosts one of the most impressive collections of self-portraits in the world, and you have the chance to examine each as well as hidden view of the Arno River as you go.

Afterward, take a break and enjoy approx. 2-hour of free time for lunch (at your own expense) before to meet with your guide again in the afternoon at 3pm.

Next, head to Palazzo Vecchio, once home to the first Medici ruler, Cosimo I, in 1540. The palace has been at the center of Florence’s civic power for seven centuries and still houses the city council today. 

As you enter, your guide will discuss the Medici’s rise to power and their crucial role as patrons of the arts. Roam the paintings and statues of the Monumental Rooms, see Dante’s Death Mask and pass through the frescoed Hall of the Five Hundred.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Giardino di Boboli
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Pass By:  
Palazzo Vecchio
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Palazzo Pitti
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Corridoio Vasariano
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Florence Pass Tour Operator Day Tours
Admission Ticket Free

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FANTASTIC!!! We had THE MOST...
Gregory W
, Oct 2016
FANTASTIC!!! We had THE MOST knowledgeable guide. I went to Italy mainly for the art in the Uffizi gallery and I was NOT disappointed in any way, shape, or form. Again, I cannot complement the guide TOO highly, and I am not one for easy praise. She was simply wonderful. Gave us insights to the paintings and statues I couldn't get from DVDs, on-line, or books.
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These tours were fantastic and provided...
Ian S
, Jun 2016
These tours were fantastic and provided great insight and further knowledge to the Medici and Florence. Both guides were amazing at the depth of knowledge and humour . Thank you to you all!
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Fantastic day! Our guide was extremely...
catherinerhoff
, Jun 2016
Fantastic day! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and entertaining. Absolutely worth it!
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Exceptional. Tour guides were very...
J M S
, Jun 2016
Exceptional. Tour guides were very knowledgeable and made it a great experience. Especially liked the Palazzo Vecchio and guide Louisa i think.
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The Palazzo Vecchio is a spectacular...
Christopher B
, May 2016
The Palazzo Vecchio is a spectacular building and our guide was quite informative. The Vasari corridor proved to be rather over rated.
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I initially booked this tour, as I have...
J L
, Feb 2016
I initially booked this tour, as I have in Barcelona with Viator, to avoid queuing but as in Barcelona we found our tour not only got us straight in to the attractions but was also most informative and our guides , Sylvia and Roberta, were terrific. As it was January and there were only four of us on this tour we were asked to substitute The Uffizi for Pitti Palace. We were happy to do this but it was made very clear that to stay with the original itinerary was not a problem. Would thoroughly recommend.
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Thoroughly enjoyable visit. Our guide...
FRANCIS EDWARD H
, Nov 2015
Thoroughly enjoyable visit. Our guide, Maurizio, was excellent. He was extremely well-informed and added greatly to our visit.
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This was one of the very best tours my...
Richard A
, Sep 2015
This was one of the very best tours my wife and I have ever taken. The Vasari Corridor Walking Tour and Pitti Palace tour with Florence Pass and Roberta were exceptional. We were one of two couples on the Pitti Palace Tour and were spoiled. Wow, what a big difference a small group makes. Even I learned things! You can hear the guide, ask questions and literally stand right next to them as they describe the art work. Thank you so much Florence Pass and Viator for making this all come together. Richard
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This was a fantastic tour, thank you to...
Dean M
, Aug 2015
This was a fantastic tour, thank you to Maurizio, Francesca and Roberta you knowledge and passion added immensely to our enjoyment
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Very good tour. The guide was...
Laurie L
, Jul 2015
Very good tour. The guide was knowledgable and quite interesting. We would recommend doing this tour while in Florence! Terry and Laurie

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