New Uffizi Gallery director says long queues are unacceptable

Eike Schmidt, the new German director of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery has said that the long queues to enter the gallery ‘are not acceptable’, and pledged to cut them by using new technology.

The Uffizi Gallery.

The Uffizi Gallery. Image by Kevin Poh / CC BY 2.0

He has also said he wants to look at opening up the Vasari Corridor, a 1km-long covered bridge that connects the Palazzo Vecchio on one side of the Arno river to the Uffizi gallery and Palazzo Pitti on the other. The corridor, which was designed to allow the wealthy Medicis to pass between their two palaces in privacy and comfort, is decorated with around 700 artworks, but at present is only open occasionally for pre-booked guided tours. Read more: 

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