After much uncertainly about the future of the Vasari Corridor in Florence, it has now been confirmed that access to the passageway as it stands today will only be possible until the end of October 2016.
Presently, the Vasari Corridor hosts a unique collection of portraits and self-portraits that has lined the corridor for many decades. With the nature of the Vasari’s famous passageway not conducive to temperate control, the collection is to be moved to a new dedicated space within the Uffizi Gallery so as to better protect these precious works.
The Vasari Corridor will then be transformed into a walkway connecting the Uffizi Gallery to another museum in the city, with a new doorway to be created for access. While there is talk that some statues or frescoes may line the passageway, for the most part the Vasari Corridor will be left empty to accommodate its newly-determined function as, well, a corridor.
Works are scheduled to take around 18 months to complete, meaning it will likely be a good way into 2018 before visitors can step into this architectural wonder.
It also means there is only a short window of opportunity to have exclusive access to the Vasari Corridor as it is today, which occurs on our Vasari Corridor tour when the doors open just for us.
Being that an Uffizi Gallery ticket is required to access the Vasari Corridor, we commence our Vasari Corridor visit with a guided exploration of the Uffizi as a marvellous introduction to the artists and artworks.
Our small-group Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor tour runs each Tuesday and Saturday, with private visits available upon request. The Uffizi Gallery tour (sans Vasari visit) is also offered Tuesdays-Sundays.