Skip the Line: Boboli Gardens with Vasari Corridor Tour

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Skip the Line: Boboli Gardens with Vasari Corridor Tour information and booking

from
$77
Duration
60 minutes
Departs from
Near Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
Returns to
Concludes at Boboli Gardens
Time of departure
12:00pm
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Tour description provided by Viator

See the Vasari Corridor and Boboli Gardens in one afternoon in Florence! Following in the footsteps of 15th-century aristocrats, walk through the Vasari Corridor – the city's secret passageway – on a guided tour. Learn of the clandestine meetings and dastardly dealings that took place in this intriguing walkway, and see the beautiful Renaissance art that graces its walls. Your tour finishes in Boboli Gardens, where you will skip the entrance lines with your fast-track ticket and spend the afternoon exploring the gardens at leisure.

Built in the 1540s, the Vasari Corridor was created as a hidden walkway that connected Pitti Palace to the Uffizi Gallery on the other side of the River Arno. The Grand Duke of Florence (Cosimo I) commissioned it to be built in honor of his son's wedding; however it's believed there were other motives for its creation. A popular tale is that the anti-social duke simply wanted a secret walkway to avoid his enemies on the streets!

Meet your guide at the Palazzo Vecchio before heading inside the Ufizzi Gallery to enter the corridor itself.

Split into three distinct sections, the Vasari Corridor is an art lover's delight, containing an array of Renaissance paintings, sculptures and portraits. As you walk through the corridor, following the walkway back across the bridge (the route known as the ‘Prince's Itinerary’), your guide will explain the stunning art collections to you. See 17th- and 18th-century paintings by Italian artists and pass the world's largest collection of self-portraits while walking above the Ponte Vecchio.

The corridor ends near the Boboli Gardens, and your guide will point you in the right direction to enter them. Head past the queues with your skip-the-line ticket and then spend as much time as you want, relaxing at leisure in this elegantly tranquil park.

What's included

  • Professional guide
  • Vasari corridor tour
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to boboli gardens (if option selected)

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guided tour of uffizi gallery