Il Corridoio Vasariano (The Vasari corridor) in FlorenceA special
This famous corridor was built in less than six months in 1564 by Giorgio Vasari for the wedding of Francesco de Medici and Giovanna of Austria. It was created in order to establish a connection between the Palazzo Pitti, where the Medici family lived, and the Uffizi where they worked.
The idea of an enclosed passageway was motivated by the fact that, like most monarchs of the period, the Grand Duke felt insecure in public, especially because he had replaced the Republic of Florence. The meat market of Ponte Vecchio was moved to avoid its smell reaching into the passage, its place being taken by the goldsmith shops that still occupy the bridge.
This connecting corridor is approximately one kilometre long. It starts inside Palazzo Vecchio, goes through the Uffizi, continues along the
and follows the river to Ponte Vecchio. When it crosses the Arno at Ponte
Vecchio there are magnificent views to the right and left side of the river
towards the Arno’s other bridges. When you
reach the opposite side of the Arno, the
corridor continues, passing through the interior of the Santa Felicita church. The
corridor then passes houses, ancient palaces, and private gardens. It ends when
it reaches the and the
apartments of the Palazzo Pitti. Boboli
The corridor is usually open from Tuesday to Friday. The visits are organized in groups of 20. More information is available at the Loggiato degli Uffizi, or by phoning 055 2654321. Call in advance because opening hours can be subject to fluctuations.
The entrance to Corridoio Vasariano is located between rooms 25 and
34 in the Uffizi Gallery. The
special features of this walk are not only the little-known but truly
remarkable views of the city, but also the many pieces of art which are
exhibited in the corridor. One can admire over 1000 paintings, mostly portraits,
dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
This collection is truly unique in the world. It was created by Cardinal Leopoldo de 'Medici in the early 17th century. You will find portraits of famous personalities of the time – Andrea del Sarto, Canova, Hayez, Corot, Beccafumi, Bernini, Guido Reni, Salvator Rosa, Annibale Carracci, Rubens and many others.
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