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Vasari Corridor: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

1. Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

Hop on an electronic golf cart and discover the history of Florence in an entertaining, relaxing, and eco-friendly way. After meeting your driver, head to Ponte Vecchio and follow the Ponte Santa Trinita to reach the Arno to the Oltrarno area, where you can admire the majestic Palazzo Pitti. Pass under the Vasari Coridor on your way back to the city center. Here, admire the architectural style of the Basilica of Santa Croce, the National Library and the back of the Cathedral with the famous Brunelleschi's Dome. Next, see one of the oldest hospitals in the world and the headquarters of the Medici family. Discover the legend of "Berta" and glide past the central train station. Continue towards the Santa Maria Novella with its impressive Renaissance facade. Finally, arrive at the Ognissanti district, gaze at the old city walls, and hear interesting facts and stories about Florentine traditions. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your tour and visit the iconic Piazzale Michelangelo.

Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

2. Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

Trace the fascinating history of the Medici dynasty on a 2-hour walking tour of Florence and learn how they used their wealth and power to patronize the arts and lay the foundations of the Italian Renaissance. Hear anecdotes about their intrigue, power struggles, betrayals and incredible foresight. Admire their former palaces and visit streets and squares where members of the family lived. Walk the same narrow streets they used to walk along to landmark monuments such as the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in the San Lorenzo district. Take a look at the church where they worshipped and built their mausoleum at the Medici Chapels in the Basilica di San Lorenzo. Marvel at Brunelleschi’s stunning dome. Continue to the Palazzo Vecchio on Piazza della Signoria, where Cosimo I de' Medici moved his official seat in May 1540, signaling the security of Medici power. Follow the route of the Vasari Corridor from the outside and learn more about the elevated passageway that allowed the Grand Dukes to move between the Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti without being seen by the citizens. Arrive at the Palazzo Pitti and its magnificent Boboli Gardens for a look at the last residence of the Medici family at the end of your tour.

Florence: The Medici Legacy Walking Tour

3. Florence: The Medici Legacy Walking Tour

Discover the legacy and story behind the Medici family during their almost 200 years as part of the Grand Duchy. Walk around Florence and see iconic sites connected to their prominent time of power. Visit Pitti Palace, Vasari Corridor, Palazzo Vecchio, and more. Meet in front of the family’s regal mansion, Pitti Palace, to start your journey through the history of this powerful family to which Florence owes much of its fame. Continue to the Vasari Corridor from the outside. This location was inaugurated during the wedding between Francesco I de' Medici and Joanna of Austria. Enjoy the view from the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, cross the Uffizi Gallery square, and learn about the oldest museum in the world. Finally, finish off the tour at Palazzo Vecchio. Step inside and admire its halls and monumental apartments.

Florence: Ponte Vecchio Rafting Experience with Aperitif

4. Florence: Ponte Vecchio Rafting Experience with Aperitif

Experience the city from a different perspective on a rafting boat adventure through the Arno River. Paddle along the central section of the Arno aboard an inflatable boat. See beyond the numerous Renaissance monuments and take in romantic landscapes. Discover the attractive fisherman's hut, S.Niccolò, and admire the old Bridge Ponte Vecchio passing under its outstanding arches. Let yourself be carried peacefully by the stream and enjoy snacks and local Tuscan wines during the aperitif time on the River. Don't forget to take unforgettable pictures of the fantastic views.

Florence: Guided Walking Tour

5. Florence: Guided Walking Tour

Start your walking tour at Piazza del Duomo where you will meet your expert guide. After a short debrief about the Basilica, continue on to the neighborhood of San Lorenzo, the home of the first Medici Palace in Florence and the Medici Chapel. Check out the neighborhood's famous open-air market specializing in leather goods and clothing. Learn more about the Medici family and the part they played in Florentine history from your expert guide as you wander through. Next, come upon the most iconic landmark in Florence: the Duomo. Marvel at the complex comprised by the Baptistery, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and Giotto’s Bell Tower. Nearby, find Dante’s house and the Bargello, a former prison that now serves as an art museum. Stop by Il Porcellino, a bronze boar statue, and rub his nose for luck. Then head to Piazza della Signoria and Loggia dei Lanzi to admire the beauty of the Palazzo Vecchio. Learn about the history of the palace and stroll through the open-air museum at the Loggia. Continue along the Vasari Corridor to reach your last stop, Ponte Vecchio.

Florence: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

6. Florence: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Florence on a walking tour with a local guide. Feel the charm of the city that's known for its beautiful Renaissance monuments. Stroll through the city squares, learning about fascinating Florentine history and culture.  In a small group, cross the famous Ponte Vecchio while admiring the small jewelry shops, an integral part of this area. Your guide will tell you interesting stories and facts about Florence, and the artists that have shaped the city. Visit numerous sites, including the Uffizi Gallery from the exterior, the Vasari Corridor, Piazza Della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Duomo Complex with Giotto's Bell Tower. Marvel at the Church of Santa Maria Del Fiore, the Baptistery, and the Dome, designed and built by Filippo Brunelleschi.  Continue the tour from the Dante Alighieri Quarter to Orsanmichele's church. Finally, you will visit Piazza Santa Croce and the fascinating facade of the Gothic-style Basilica, where artists such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Rossini are buried.

Florence: Accademia, Uffizi Gallery and Walking Tour

7. Florence: Accademia, Uffizi Gallery and Walking Tour

Discover many of Florence's cultural highlights and two of the most famous museums in Europe with this walking tour. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both museums so as not to waste your precious time in the city. In the Uffizi Gallery, admire numerous portraits from the Medici Family by Bronzino, an incredible rendition of Madonna and the Child by Lippi, and the most famous paintings of the Renaissance including Primavera and The Birth of Venus by Botticelli. Enjoy an explanation of the paintings and artists from your professional guide. Then, begin your walking tour of the city in San Marco Square. Learn about the history of the city and the turbulent relations between Florentine families as you stroll through the heart of Florence. See the iconic Duomo, Piazza Della Repubblica, Piazza Della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and the mysterious Vasari Corridor.  To finish, head to the Accademia Gallery, home to the famous David and one of the must-see museums in Florence. See numerous works by artists such as Michelangelo, Paolo Uccello, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli, and Andrea del Sarto.

Florence: 3-Hour Private Wine Tour

8. Florence: 3-Hour Private Wine Tour

The tour starts on the Ponte Vecchio and continues on to Oltrarno, Santo Spirito, San Frediano districts as you listen to stories about the old bridge, Vasari Corridor, Pitti Palace and the Medici dynasty. These districts are further afield from the usual tourist places with beautiful squares, gardens, palaces, and history. Your guide will help you feel the atmosphere of Florentine life happening here. Then, you will reach your first stop for an aperitif of typical Tuscan Chianti wine accompanied with special snacks known as crostini prepared for you by a local cellar. This is a magical place so you will proceed to explore the area while enjoying the wine and see true Florentine life filled with artisan shops, goldsmiths, and restorers that kept alive this city for centuries. You will pass another brigde, Santa Trinita Bridge, and stop for a magnificent view of the Ponte Vecchio.  The tour will continue to the classical historic center of Florence, where the cradle of the Renaissance was born, and also visit the political and religious city center. Here, you will definitely stop to fill your glasses with, this time, organic wine and continue your exploration of the city. You will stop again to fill your glasses with wine.

Florence: Medici’s Mile Walking Tour & Pitti Palace Entrance

9. Florence: Medici’s Mile Walking Tour & Pitti Palace Entrance

Led by a local guide, explore the most important sights of Florence and retrace the fascinating history of the Medici dynasty. Get priority entry to one of Florence’s biggest museums and admire the Palatine Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. Begin with the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, their first residence in the San Lorenzo district, where you can find their Church and mausoleum: Medici Chapels. A few steps away, reach the magnificent Cathedral, with its imposing Brunelleschi’s Dome and the stunning Palazzo Vecchio, their second residence, which dominates the marvelous Piazza della Signoria. Follow from the outside the path of the Vasari Corridor, a secret and comfortable corridor used by the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany, to move between the Palazzo Pitti and their offices located inside the Palazzo Vecchio, without being seen by the citizens. Finally, arrive at the majestic Pitti Palace, which hides the marvelous Boboli Gardens, is the last Florentine residence of the Medici and is also the last stage of your incredible journey into the art and history of a city unique in the world. After the walking tour, you'll use your entrance ticket to Pitti Palace to visit your own Palatine Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, the Museum of Fashion and Costume, Treasure of the Grand Dukes.

Florence: Academy and Michelangelo's David Small-Group Tour

10. Florence: Academy and Michelangelo's David Small-Group Tour

Enjoy the highlights of Florence and visit the Accademia Gallery on this guided tour. Meet your guide in San Marco Square. Skip the line and step into the Accademia Gallery, admire artworks by Allori, Lo Scheggia and Botticelli and most importantly, marvel at the beauty of Michelangelo's David. Admire the iconic Duomo and the Santa Maria della Fiore Cathedral. Explore Piazza della Signoria, the center of Renaissance Florence. Discover Palazzo Vecchio, home of the Medici Family and the stories it holds and view a replica of Michelangelo's 'David' standing in the place where the original was before being moved into the Accademia Gallery. Learn about the Vasari Corridor and why it was built. Reach Ponte Vecchio, one of the most iconic locations in Florence that now holds picturesque local shops. End the tour at Santa Croce Church to experience the place where the most brilliant Italian geniuses are buried, Michelangelo and Galileo are among those resting at this magnificent location.

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What people are saying about Vasari Corridor

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 297 reviews

We did the Spanish tour and our guide was AMAZING!!! He had so much knowledge of the city and its history as well as very funny anecdotes. We stopped for some gelato as part of the experience and he gave us many tips on where to eat and go during our stay. Definitely recommend.

It was the perfect ride to get to know Florence. Our guide Peter was very nice; we enjoyed the different stops we had along our way. A must do especially when you are on a short stay in Florence! Enjoy :)

We had a friendly knowledgeable driver called Luca who negotiated the narrow streets very safely. He pointed out a lot of interesting things and overall it was a good way to see Florence.

Pleasant walk in the heart of Florence, among beauties and curiosities

the guide is so helpful and patient. She speaks fluent English