A not-to-be-missed opportunity to combine the visit of two among the most important sites in the world. An emotional itinerary through art masterpieces and breathtaking views over the Arno river and the hills around the city
Botticelli: the Allegory of Spring and the Birth of Venus
The only existing painting by Michelangelo: the Doni Tondo
The first sensual representation of a woman: The Venus of Urbino by Tiziano
Exclusive opening of the Vasari Corridor for a few lucky ones!
A unique collection of 1400 self-portraits of great Artists!
Breathtaking views over the Arno river and the hills around the city
Guided visit in one language for small groups
We will start our tour at Palazzo Pitti with a external visit going backwards through the ideal “Prince’s Itinerary”, the suggestive elevated passageway which connects the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti, in the Oltrarno district, passing though the Uffizi Gallery and over the Ponte Vecchio: one of the most magnificent example of the 16th century architecture ever built!
On our guided tour we will cross the Ponte Vecchio, enjoying splendid views of the town center, admiring the coats of arms and other en route details soon before reaching the elegant Palace of the Uffizi, brilliantly designed by the architect Giorgio Vasari.
This Museum, one of the most famous in the world, hosts some among the most magnificent and invaluable works of art. Following a chronological sequence from Cimabue to Masaccio, from Piero della Francesca to Filippo Lippi, we reach the Botticelli Room where the Birth of Venus and the Allegory of Spring are the maximum symbol of sublime beauty. We will continue our visit through the drawing skills of Leonardo, the Michelangelo Room with its Tondo Doni , Raphael’s magnificent portraits ending up with the glorious Venus of Urbino by Tiziano.
At this point we will take a break of 15 minutes. We resume our tour right at the entrance door to the Corridor, the amazing elevated tunnel which we have been able to see from the outside on our walk from Piazza Pitti to Piazza Signoria.
The Corridor was designed on the occasion of the wedding between Francis I and Joan of Austria and built in the record time of only 5 months by Giorgio Vasari, with the idea of giving Florence a precious jewel that would also serve the purpose of giving the ruling family of Florence a safe passage between the seat of government and their home.
As the door opens, you will instantly be hit by a deep sense of emotion: the corridor, almost a kilometer in length, is a royal passageway that travels over the heads of the citizens of Florence, a fantastic imaginary carpet where the grand Duke of Florence could walk without an escort in total safety.
This is an amazing discovery, amongst a superb collection of paintings and a row of round windows of the aerial passageway offering breathtaking views over the hills, the Arno river, its bridges, the palaces and churches of the city.
In the three main sections of the corridor, we will see 16th and 17th Roman and Neapolitan paintings, and then the magnificent collection of artists’ self-portraits from Vasari to Italian and foreign artists of the 20th century. A face to face encounter with artists that doesn’t exist in any other museum in the world, a discovery that will print an indelible memory of Florence in your mind forever .
Lastly, right by the exit of the Vasari Corridor, in the enchanting Boboli Gardens, you will be able to admire the Buontalenti’s Grotto (1583-1587).
This Tour Includes: guide, earphones for groups of 12 people and over, entrance ticket and reservation to the Museums.