Vasari Corridor in Florence

The Vasari corridor in Florence (Italian: Corridoio Vasariano) was build in 1564 by Giorgio Vasari in only five months. Commissioned by the Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, this famous architecture had the function to connect the Pitti Palace, residence of the Medici family, and Palazzo Vecchio, symbol of the civil power of Florence.

Many regents and important people went through the corridor: for this reason the passageway was decorated with a lot of paintings by some of the most famous masters of painting of the time (there was also a magnificent collection of illustrious portraits).

Moreover, the Vasari Corridor tour offers from its round windows some marvelous and unique views over the city, the renowned Ponte Vecchio and the River Arno. Visit the Vasari Corridor.

vasari corridor tour

For many reasons (first of all, the safety of the masterpieces located in the Corridor) all the Florence Tours concerning the famous Corridor have to be made under the supervision of an expert guide.

The guide will illustrate the history and the particular traits of the Vasarian Corridor, which deserves to be visited at least once in life.

The History

Vasari built his Corridor for Cosimo I de’ Medici, after having designed the Uffizi Gallery. Cosimo I had the desire of a safe enclosed passageway to move freely between his residence and the government palace (Palazzo Vecchio).

In fact, at the time, the political situation was instable because of the political disputes originated by the transfer of power between the Republic of Florence and the Grand Duchy.

That’s why the Vasari Corridor represents not only an exceptional construction but also a testimony of the historic situation of Florence during the Renaissance.

With the idea of the Corridor, Cosimo I proved to be an excellent and wise man. He was the son of the famous condottiere Giovanni delle Bande Nere and he came to power at only 17.

In spite of his youth and of the fact that he was considered impressionable by many politicians, Cosimo showed from the very beginning great leadership skills and he was able to concentrate all the power in his hands.