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18
Feb

Curated experiences: a magical tour of the Vasari corridor

If you are interested in the art and history that surrounds Florence don’t miss the chance to visit the Corridoio Vasariano, one of the great architectural gems built in just five months by the architect Giorgio Vasari.

The Vasari corridor is an elevated and enclosed passageway almost a thousand meters in length that crosses the main points of the city.

View of the Vasari Corridor Photo credit: Graeme Churchard

View of the Vasari Corridor Photo credit: Graeme Churchard

Cosimo I de’ Medici ordered to build this endless hallway to link Palazzo Pitti, the official residence of the Medici, with the Florentine nobility’s government headquarters, the Palazzo Vecchio. This decision was triggered by the Grand Duke to avoid unending and tiresome trips through the streets of the city. Moreover, these long walks through the city had to be done with guards and escorts to prevent possible attacks.

That is why the corridor passes through one of the most emblematic sites of the city, the Ponte Vecchio. It is one of the most visited places because of the stunning view over the River Arno. According to the legend, the Florentine Duke ordered the demolition of butcher shops that were housed in this part of the walkway because of foul odor and so today one can still see the goldsmiths and jewelers which took their place back then.

Vasari corridor from the Uffizi. Photo credit: collectomoments

Vasari corridor from the Uffizi. Photo credit: collectomoments

The Vasari corridor was also a stopping point for soldiers and combatants during the Second World War, and crosses one of the most interesting places to visit in Florence: the Uffizi Gallery. It is considered one of the most important museums in the world and it is home to works of art, such as Rubens, Bernini and Delacroix self portraits that could be the cause of Stendhal syndrome.

In short, the Vasari Corridor is one of those places with real magic in the beautiful Florence. When you arrive at Il Salviatino ask your service ambassador to book for you an exclusive private tour of the Vasari corridor with a guide speaking your own language.

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6
Nov

“Off the beaten paths” activities to do in Florence

Florence is one of the most visited cities in the world thanks to its renaissance masterpieces and impressive architecture. After you have visited the artistic and architectural treasures, you should explore these 6 hidden gems in Florence:

1. Armor collection at the Stibbert Museum

The Stibbert Museum is indeed a beautiful hidden gem containing some of the most extensive collections of historic European, Islamic and Japanese armor in the world. With an impressive display of paintings and art it’s something you have to see to believe.

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Source: www.suitecasestories.com

2. CLET’s studio

The French artist Clet Abraham has found a way to inject a contemporary sense of irreverence into Florence’s artistic legacy. He is known for transforming the city street signs into works of arts using removable stickers. Visiting his studio in the San Niccolò neighborhood can give you a fresh look of today’s art.

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Source: www.bitemytrip.com

3. Giardino Bardini

Giardini Bardini is a garden restored by Stefano Bardini in the 1900’s. This garden offers you an intimate alternative to enjoy the beautiful views of the city, with tiny grottos and peaceful spaces it allows you to find quietness in the centre of Florence.

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Source: Putneypics @https://www.flickr.com/38983646@N06/

4. Vasari Corridor

Giorgio Vasari built this corridor as a private walkway for the Medicis to walk between the offices and their residence. This long passage contains a collection of self-portraits of many artists of the 20th century. Walking through this corridor is a unique experience; make sure you plan a visit!

 

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5. Craft shops of the Otrarno

The Vasari Corridor ends in the Oltrarno neighborhood. Walk through the labyrinthine streets around Palazzo Pitti and you will find many artisans’ workshops. You’ll be in the heaven of handmade shoes, leather items, jewels, ceramics, just to name a few.

 

Source: Francesco Guazzelli

Source: Francesco Guazzelli

6. Anatomical wax models at La Specola

La Specola was one of the first museums of science open to the general public. Today you can find a vast collection of taxidermied animals and the world’s largest collection of anatomical waxes. The models are impressive for to their extraordinarily realistic aspect.

 

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Source: www.koutrouza.wordpress.com

And, of course, after your time spent discovering the hidden treasure of the city, we’ll be waiting for you at Il Salviatino!

 

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14
Feb

Guided visits to il Corridoio Vasariano, Florence’s secret jewel.

The most special things in life are not always the most accessible ones. They are normally kept as some sort of secret jewels, only hardly ever visible to the world. This is somehow what happens with the Vasari Corridor, which is open to the public until the 30th of April.

The Grand Duke, Cosimo I de’Medici, ordered the construction of the corridor back in 1565 and it was designed by the great architect, Giorgio Vasari. The Duke wanted it to be a free walkway for him between il Palazzo Vecchio, the Government location, and il Palazzo Pitti, his residence.

Today, the Uffizi’s part of the corridor is also used as an Art Gallery, including the famous collection of self-portraits.

You can’t lose this opportunity to discover Florence’s secret jewel. For more information on how to organize your private or group visit to the Vasari corridor, do not hesitate to contact our Service Ambassadors at info@salviatino.com.

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