THE VASARIAN CORRIDOR
The Vasari Corridor, also known as the "Path of the Prince" is located in the heart of Florence. The Vasari Corridor is a unique architectural work of its kind, an engineering masterpiece built in the Renaissance period in Florence. The extraordinary corridor consists of an air passage over 1 km long that connects Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Pitti.
The Vasari Corridor was built by the architect Giorgio Vasari in just 5 months at the behest of the then Duke Cosimo I de Medici on the occasion of the wedding between Francesco I de Medici, son of the Grand Duke, and Giovanna of Austria. Already from the start, Cosimo I's purpose of the Corridor was to allow the authoritative Medici personalities to move in total safety from the residence of Palazzo Pitti to the seat of government, historically established in Palazzo Vecchio. This was due to the turbulent past of the third Florentine Republic which, founded in 1527. Florence then became a Medici lordship with the defeat against the German and Spanish troops sent by Emperor Charles V and Pope Clement VII. The Vasari Corridor was therefore used as an escape strategy in dangerous situations by Duke Francis I but also as a privileged location for the entire family on Sunday holy Mass.
Another objective of the corridor was to proclaim the greatness of the family and to house the works of art from the Medici collections.
THE VASARIAN CORRIDOR - HERE'S HOW THE PRINCE'S PATH IS ARTICULATED
The route starts in the rooms of the Duchess Eleonora's apartment in Palazzo Vecchio, crosses the narrow Via della Ninna and arrives at the Palazzo delle Magistrature (now the Uffizi Palace). From the Uffizi Palace it exits following the Lungarno Archibusieri. Its path continues crossing the Ponte Vecchio, crosses Via dei Bardi, leans against the facade of the Church of Santa Felicita, enters Palazzo Guicciardini and ends in the Boboli Gardens with a double exit near the Grotta del Buontalenti and at the back of the Rondò di Bacchus.
The Corridor fully obtained its museum status with the unification of Italy and was transformed in 1866 into an extension of the Uffizi Gallery. The entrance to tour the Corridor is located on the first floor of the Uffizi. it is not possible to take photographs inside the Vasari Corridor and must be imagined as an itinerary formed by long straight corridors on a flat or slightly sloping level. Around 450 portraits hang on the walls, making it the largest collection of portraits and self-portraits in the world. Among the self-portraits of famous painters there are also those of Titian, Veronese, Delacroix, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velasquez. Moving on to the painters of the 1900s, we find those of Ligabue, Guttuso, De Chirico and Carrà. Within the Vasari Corridor we also find female portraits such as that of the painter Rosalba Carriera which depicts the three daughters of a duke. Inside the Vasari Corridor, in addition to the low temperature, one immediately notices the different size of the windows that open on both sides of the Corridor. On the river side they are small because they were meant to be used only to spot any enemies arriving from the Arno, while on the side of the road they are larger because the danger of an attack on that front was reduced and therefore light could enter them. Walking along the Corridor we cannot fail to notice a window with closable grates that overlooks, unseen, the Church of Santa Felicita.
In this way the Medici could attend the holy mass and spy and listen to any plots hatched against them. The corridor path ends at the Boboli Gardens, at the Buontalenti Grotto.
In 1938 Mussolini had two rectangular panoramic windows built over the Arno on the occasion of Adolf Hitler's visit to make the pact between Italy and Germany known as the Rome-Berlin axis. The Vasari Corridor was heavily damaged by a Mafia terrorist attack in 1993, when a car loaded with explosives was detonated in the air near the Flea Tower. Due to this attack, both the architecture and many of his paintings were affected, which were lost. Today the Corridor has been closed since 2016 for restoration work due to safety and its reopening was set for 2021 but there is still no official confirmation from the Superintendency.
VASARIAN CORRIDOR TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY
Since this is an extraordinary and private opening, the rules applied in the event of cancellation provide for a more restrictive policy than other private tours.
From booking to 8 days before the date of the visit, the cancellation penalty applied is equal to 80% of the total tour price.
For all those cancellations that are communicated to Italy Travels from 7 days prior to the day of the visit, the cancellation penalty applied is the full amount of the tour (100% of the total price), therefore you will not be entitled to any refund.
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