Vasari Corridor
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Tourist informations
Entrance from: the Uffizi gallery.
Opening hours: only with reservation.

The Vasari Corridor is a part of the Uffizi Gallery; it was built by Vasari and crosses the Arno over the Old Bridge joining Palazzo Vecchio with Pitti Palace.

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 History


After the Medici transferred their residence to Pitti Palace, Cosimo I commissioned in 1565 the architect Giorgio Vasari with the building of a corridor joining Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi and Pitti Palace.
In his Lives of the Artists Vasari describes the great problems he had to solve in order to build a corridor across the river and above the existing Old Bridge; nevertheless the corridor was completed in five months, just in time for the wedding of Prince Francesco de' Medici with Joan of Austria (March 10th, 1566).


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A part of the Vasari Corridor was destroyed by the retreating German army in 1944 and its rebuilding was completed in 1950; the Corridor has been recently restored and reopened to visitors, although only small groups are admitted.

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 In the spotlight


In the Corridor are exposed over 700 paintings from 17th to 19th Century.
Among them is the very important Collection of Self-Portraits, begun from cardinal Leopoldo de' Medici and subsequently enriched with purchased and donated paintings. The collection includes portaits of famous artists, such as Bernini, Rubens (three self-portraits from different years), Canova, Delacroix, Ingres, Fattori.
The final part of the Corridor located in the Gardens of Boboli contains a large Collection of Portraits of celebrities from 16th to 19th Century.

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