Cosimo I de’ Medici transferred the family residence to Palazzo Vecchio, which in turn became his political quarters. He also commissioned the construction of the Uffizi as the administrative center and the Vasari Corridor. This extraordinary aerial passageway, crossing the Arno river above the shops of Ponte Vecchio, permitted the Grand Dukes to move safely from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, the new residence of the family.
Duration: 3 hours| Rates
These are the most important stops during our tour:
- Piazza della Signoria and the history of Palazzo Vecchio, the first Residence of the Grand Dukes of the Medici family, told in the Michelozzo Courtyard.
- The building of the Uffizi and the Vasari Corridor: Giorgio Vasari, architect and city urbanist at the Court of Cosimo I.
- Ponte Vecchio with its famous jewleries pending over river Arno.
- The square and church of Santa Felicita, connected to the Vasari Corridor through a window.
- The Palazzo Pitti, residence of three dynasties, the Medici, the Habsburg-Lorraine and the Savoy. We’ll visit the Galleria Palatina, the Royal Apartments, decorated with frescos and stuccos, with its important collection of masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and Rubens.
RATES (Rates are per tour, tickets are not included)
|Groups (from 10 up to 25 persons)||€ 130 + € 2 for each extra person|
|Individual clients (from 1 up to 9 persons)||€ 150|
|Schools up to 25 persons||€ 120 + € 2 for each extra person|
|Galleria Palatina tickets||from € 8,50 to € 12 (prices may vary due to temporary exhibitions inside the museum)|
|Galleria Palatina reservation||€ 3|
|The reservation will give you an entrance to the museum with a fixed time and thus avoid long hours in line.|
|Children under 6 years: free entrance|
|European citizens under 18 and over 65: reservation payment only|
|European citizens between18 and 25 years: reduced ticket from € 4,25 to € 6 (prices may vary due to temporary exhibitions inside the museum)|