Vasari’s famous corridor, as well as one of Florence’s top attractions has been closed off with immediate action as of Monday, 11th of July 2016.
The news was communicated by museum officials, following a fire department inspection which took place due to security and safety concerns expressed.
As it is, there hasn’t been any communication stating if or when the corridor will be reopening for visits.
Prior to this decision, the corridor was not available to the general public – with the exception of exclusive-entry group visits arranged by tour operators.
Renovations addressing these concerns where supposed to take place at the end of this year, for around 18 months. It is now unsure whether these renovations will be done earlier than scheduled. These renovations also include the decision to move the precious artworks housed in this corridor to a new dedicated space within the Uffizi Gallery.
This 16th-century elevated corridor houses more than 700 works of art, and links the Palazzo Vecchio to the Pitti Palace. The same corridor joins the Uffizi Gallery and also crosses the well-known Ponte Vecchio.
Built in just five months, following an order of Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1565, the Vasari Corridor was built as a result of the Grand Duke’s wish to move freely between his residence and the government palace.
Anyone wishing to visit just the Uffizi Gallery is still able to do so, both individually as well as in groups.