The Vasari corridor opens to the public
It’s one of Florence’s most fascinating places in the world and open to visitors the famous Corridoio Vasariano (Vasari Corridor).
If you’ve never visited it,you’ll have an opportunity now. Visits to the Corridor, which leads from the main building of the Uffizi to the Pitti Palace, are granted to small groups, accompanied by members of the Uffizi Gallery’s staff, who guide participants to discover the Grand Duke’s secret space.
The Corridor was built by Vasari in only five months, in the year 1565, upon the specific request of Cosimo I de’ Medici, to enable him to move freely between the two palaces (Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of government, and Palazzo Pitti, his residence) in secrecy and in complete safety. The most interesting part is the one that crosses the Ponte Vecchio
A visit to the Corridor is an extraordinary experience, both for the little-known views over the city, as well as for the works displayed along walls of the Corridor itself.
These works are mainly self-portraits, dating from the sixteenth century to the present day; lately the collection has been enriched with 127 new self portraits, most of them by artisti of the 20 th century. This is the reason why the Corrido opens on October 5th, which is the Contemporarty art day.
From today on it’s possible to reserve the guided visits (in Italian only) to the Corridor (paying only the ticket for the Uffizi Gallery + € 4 for the reservation).
These visits will be held from February 7th to April 30th 2014 on Wednesday (at 2.30pm and 3pm), on Thursday (at 10.30am and 11am) and on Friday (at 2.30pm and 3pm).
Bookings at: Firenze Musei (tel. +39 055 294883).