A visit to the Vasari Corridor is definitely one of the most special things to do in Florence. So I decided to book a tour with the Ciao Florence agency.
The appointment with the guide was at 3:30 pm in Via dei Lamberti, around the corner from Palazzo Vecchio. Here was the start of our guided tour with Mario who explained the differences between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance using as examples the statues on the facade of the beautiful Church of Orsanmichele. Mario has a great approach. He interacted with us, making us part of his talk and asked us questions. The most impressive thing is that he called us by our names, remembering correctly all the participants’ names!
After a nice walk of a few minutes we got to the Uffizi and toured its most important works, including paintings by Giotto, Masaccio, Botticelli and Michelangelo. Then we got to the Vasari Corridor.
Entrance is only allowed for groups with a guide! At the end of a beautiful staircase is the painting of the last member of the Medici family, Anna Maria Luisa. She was the one who donated to the City of Florence the Medici family’s entire private collection, and we are eternally grateful!
The Vasari Corridor is the world’s largest and most important collection of self-portraits. Naturally it starts with Vasari’s self-portrait as he was the one who built this grand corridor connecting the Palazzo Vecchio (the Medici’s center of action) with Palazzo Pitti (the family’s home). To this day, the Vasari Corridor attracts many artists. The last portraits and photos date to the 20th century.
The view from the corridor’s small windows is fantastic, but the most interesting window is the one facing inside the Church of Santa Felicita, from which the Medicis listened to mass.
The corridor ends right in the Boboli Gardens behind Palazzo Pitti, where, alas, the tour ended.
This is an absolute must-have experience, walking above Florence and admiring the amazing landscape from the corridor’s little windows!
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