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Walking Tour of Vasari Corridor and Uffizi Gallery

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Key Highlights

  • Visit the Vasari Corridor, an astounding architectural masterpiece, previously restricted to the public
  • Enjoy the magnificent views of the Arno from the windows of the Corridor
  • Admire the incredible collection of over 1000 paintings at the Vasari Corridor
  • Avoid long queues with a skip-the-line access to Florence’s famous Uffizi Gallery
  • Enjoy masterpieces of Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci at the Uffizi Gallery
  • An English-speaking guide will be by your side to provide information and guidance
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Mar - 31 Oct: Daily except Monday
    01 Nov - 28 Feb: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
    Note: Vasari Corridor is closed due to maintenance and until it reopens, external guided walking tour along the Corridor is included in this tour.

    Duration

    3 hours

    Start time

    3:00pm

    Meeting Point

    The tour starts from the local activity operator’s office on Via de’ Lamberti, 1 (corner with via Calzaiuoli) First Floor 50123 Firenze.

    From 1st March 2017, tour will depart from below meeting point:
    FLORENCETOWN TOURS & NEWS STAND located at Piazza della Repubblica, next to the APPLE STORE under the loggias, corner with Via Pellicceria.

    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at Palazzo Pitti

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Discover the best kept of Florence on this memorable tour.

    The Ponte Vecchio, the landmark of Florence, houses a private passageway, dating back to the 1564, when the Grand Duke of Florence ordered his favourite architect, Giorgio Vasari, to built a path that would allow him and the Royal family to move freely from their residence to the government palace.

    Hidden between city houses and even passing through a church, the Vasari Corridor has evolved as one of the most astounding architectural masterpieces of the Renaissance. The corridor is rarely open to the public, so take advantage of this unique opportunity to view Florence and its artistic pleasures on this exclusive walking tour.

    Enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous Uffizi gallery, skipping the usual long lines. Admire superb paintings by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giotto, Cimabue and Masaccio.

    Itinerary

    Make your way to the local activity operator’s office where an English-speaking guide will accompany you on the tour.

    Your first stop for the day is the world-famous Uffizi Gallery, which houses masterpieces of renowned artists such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giotto, Cimabue and Masaccio. You will spend about 1.5 hours here.

    Next, proceed towards the Vasari Corridor for an exclusive and private tour of this acclaimed secret passageway. Doors from within the Uffizi Gallery lead to this private passage. Built above the Ponte Vecchio, the passageway dates back to 1564 and stretches almost a mile between Palazzo Pitti, over the Arno to Palazzo della Signoria. It was architect Giorgio Vasari who was commissioned by Cosimo I to build such a path for the royal family.

    The tour ends at Palazzo Pitti. Note: Vasari Corridor is closed due to maintenance and until it reopens, external guided walking tour along the Corridor is included in this tour.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • English-speaking guide
    • Entrance fee

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Large umbrellas will not be allowed at the Uffizi Gallery. Clients will have to store the umbrellas in the museum locker previous entering the Gallery. When finishing the tour in Piazza Pitti at 06:15pm clients will have to go back on their own to the Uffizi Gallery (10 minutes walking) to retrieve their belongings, in this case the large umbrellas. The storage service, at the entrance of the Gallery, is open until 6:40pm. Small umbrellas will still be allowed at the Uffizi. For this reason we strongly suggest to bring with you small umbrellas only.

    Additional info

    Earphones will be provided if there are more than 10 peopleThe confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Reviews
    • The highlight of our stay

      We did this tour at the beginning of our stay, and were so glad that we did. Our guide, Mario Gesu, was engaging, enthusiastic and a terrific teacher! We were given a real...

      Dr F A Smart
    • Very interesting experience

      A terrific tour, Michael our guide was full of interesting information about the Uffizi, Vasari corridor and the exhibits.(we had been to Uffizi before) He gave us detailed...

      Julien Jane
    • ufizzi gallery and vasari corridor.

      Our guide, mario was very well versed on his subjects and took as through a short education of the history of art from realisim to baroque - cam way feeling id really benifitted...

      d e jennings
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