UPDATE: the Vasari Corridor has been closed for restoration. No reopening date has been announced. All the tours are suspended.
The Vasari Corridor is one of the most exclusive attractions in Florence. You can’t just buy Vasari Corridor tickets, the only way to get into the private passageway of the Medici family is joining a Vasari Corridor tour. Everybody offering Florence tours can arrange Uffizi tours or walking tours, but only a few agencies in Florence have a special agreement with the Uffizi Gallery to have access to the Vasari Corridor; the problem is that the corridor just cannot take more than a few groups/day, and since there is no active protection for the works of art, an Uffizi employee or even two must stay with the group. In other words, agencies, to keep their privileged access, have to deposit a five digits amount and fixed costs are very high, like paying the Uffizi personnel and the access for each group. Add that the access is granted to each group for just one hour, and here comes the reason why a Vasari Corridor tour is expensive if compared to any other tour. As a tourist guide in Florence Italy, I have the privilege of driving groups inside the Vasari Corridor almost on a daily basis, because I work (among others) for one of the agencies providing this special tour. I think I’m highly qualified to suggest you which Vasari Corridor tour to choose: actually, they’re all good, it depends on your preferences. In particular, you can book a Vasari Corridor tour in combination with some other attraction, which makes it more affordable. I will suggest the best combinations available.
Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor tour with breakfast in the Uffizi terrace
Combining the Vasari Corridor tour with Uffizi tours is the best thing you can do. This tour is rather expensive (€ 125/person) but the group is small (up to 15 people) and the tour offers a lot, if you are willing to wake up early: the start is at 8 am (with the advantage of not having any line at the Uffizi metal detector), and you will get a two-hours tour of the most important museum in Florence, featuring the masterpieces of the renaissance by Botticelli, Da Vinci and Michelangelo, before getting a break for an Italian breakfast in the beautiful Uffizi terrace where you will be served coffee with a selection of pastries (included in the price). After the break, the doors of the Vasari Corridor will be opened for your small group for a one-hour ride inside, to finish as usual in Piazza Pitti.
Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor tour (highly recommended)
This is a tour that I provide quite often, and I can recommend it for the quality but also for the inside information I have on how it takes place, so let’s discover why it is a good choice. Let me tell you a little secret (I can’t believe I’m giving away this tip): this tour is sold for € 95/person but is also sold as Vasari Corridor tour only (no Uffizi Gallery) for € 65/person. Not only you get a skip-the-line Uffizi tour for just € 30 (the skip-the-line ticket alone costs € 16.50), but it will be almost a private tour! In my long experience providing this tour, only rarely I had more than eight people for the Uffizi part! The group becomes a bit larger (up to 25 people) than for the previous tour only inside the corridor, and the schedule is different. The meeting point is at 9:45 am in Piazza Pitti, in front of the entrance to the Pitti Palace. The guide will show you the palace from outside and then you will walk to the Uffizi Gallery, receiving an introduction to the history of Florence and having a chance to see the Vasari Corridor from outside: there are some particulars of the Corridor which are better visible from outside, and this is the only tour that gives you this chance. You will enter in the Uffizi Gallery around 10:30 and will be explained the highlights of the collection until 12 pm. Here comes your break in the Uffizi terrace, with a chance to have breakfast or a drink (not included in the price). At 12:30 pm you will join the group again to visit the Vasari Corridor inside, for one hour. At 1:30 pm the tour ends in Piazza Pitti. To book this tour or the Vasari Corridor tour without Uffizi, you have to contact us. We can also provide alternatives like a small group Vasari Corridor tour or a private Vasari Corridor tour.
Vasari Corridor tour with Boboli Gardens
This is a nice combination and is not too expensive, but beware: it is a Vasari Corridor tour with Boboli Gardens tickets and there will be no guide driving you inside the gardens. For € 65/person, you will meet your group (up to 25 people) at 12:00 pm in Via Della Ninna (make sure to check your map carefully: it’s a small street which runs in between Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi building). After being checked by the metal detector, you will get inside the Uffizi Gallery and reach the entrance to the Vasari Corridor. Now the best part of the tour begins, with your one-hour trip across the path of the Prince, which ends few steps away from the Pitti Palace, in the Boboli Gardens, at around 1:30 pm. Since the management of the Uffizi (which is where the Corridor belongs) is different from the Pitti Palace (the Boboli gardens are part of the Pitti complex), at this point of the tour you will have to do a strange thing: exit the gardens from a lateral gate and get inside the gardens again from the central doors of the Pitti Palace. I can’t say anything more than: it’s Italy, and it is what it is… The visit to the Boboli Gardens is on your own and since it is lunch time, maybe having to exit the gardens is not a bad thing: there are several nice restaurants in the Pitti Palace area, where you can have a typical Tuscan meal before resuming your visit.
Vasari Corridor and Palatine Gallery tour
This is a much longer tour which is a good combination, provided that you visited the Uffizi Gallery already. It starts at 11:10 am when you will join your group (up to 25 people) in Piazza Della Signoria to have an introduction to the history of the Medici family. After heading inside the Uffizi building, you will reach the Vasari Corridor entrance for your one-hour visit of this wonderful attraction. You will be given a break for lunch on your own, before meeting your guide again at the entrance of the Pitti Palace to visit the Palatine Gallery, a gorgeous collection of paintings right in the apartments of the Medici Grand Dukes, which features works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian and many more. The tour ends around 5:30 pm, and has a price of € 85/person.
There are more combinations to have a Vasari Corridor tour coupled with a Palazzo Vecchio tour, or a Duomo tour, or even as one of the attractions of a full-day tour, but the ones I suggested are the ones that make more sense. I hope I helped you find the best possible Vasari Corridor tour.
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