The secret Vasari corridor is set to reopen in Florence

To the delight of many tourists (and Florentines), the ultra secret and mysterious Vasari Corridor at Florence’s Galleria degli Uffizi will soon be reopening to the public. 

The corridor, which dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries, is home to a prized collection of 1000 paintings and self portraits. Linking the Palazzo​ Vecchio with Uffizi and Palazzo Pitti, the kilometre-long passageway was commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici to honour his son’s wedding. 

Due to safety concerns, the corridor was sealed off in 2016 to help protect visitors from hazardous falling objects and crumbling walls.

Eike Schmidt, the museum’s director, recently announced an impressive renovation schedule that will see the installation of video surveillance, new lighting, emergency exits, antique terracotta flooring, reinforced walls and, most importantly, air conditioning. 

In a statement Schmidt said: “We wanted everyone to be able to enjoy this extraordinary heritage, and in total safety, offering visitors the opportunity to walk through the heart of Florence’s art, history and memory.

“It will be a democratic accessible walk overlooking the heart of Florence and about 500,000 people may visit it every year starting from 2021,” he continued. 

Museum officials said the restoration project will take exactly 18 months to complete. Plenty of time to plan your next Florentine adventure.


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