The Vasari Corridor Tour

5 nights starting from
£2745

  • The world - famous Vasari Corridor, reopened after an eight year hiatus

  • Guided walks around beautiful Florence

  • The Uffizi Gallery

  • The home of Vasari Museum

  • Commentary and lectures from Dr Peter Higginson

Designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1565, the Vasari Corridor in Florence was built to enable the Medici family to move freely and unnoticed from their home in Palazzo Pitti to the seat of government, Palazzo Vecchio.  Closed since 2016, this is your chance to walk along the famous Corridor and view its unique collection of artwork, in the company of acclaimed art historian, Peter Higginson, who is as excited as anyone to finally see this long-closed masterpiece of Florentine, Renaissance excess that houses important sculptures and 16th century frescoes as well as offering a unique view over the Arno River. Our five night trip will also offer the opportunity to delve into the city’s rich heritage. It was here in the 14th century that one of the pivotal cultural movements began – the Renaissance. The cultural pre-eminence of the city continued throughout the 15th and 16th centuries and is reflected in its possession of countless famous artworks to iconic architecture. We’ll investigate the art of this momentous epoch with expert Dr Peter Higginson, examining and analysing the many masterpieces that fill Florence’s museums, churches and public buildings.

Available Departures

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Provisional Timings

London Heathrow

Departing: 25th March 2025 at 07:40

Returning: 30th March 2025 at 12:10

ITINERARY

Day 1: Fly from Heathrow to Bologna, Orientation walk, lecture and dinner with wine.
Depart London Heathrow for Bologna then transfer by coach to Florence for check in to the De La Ville Hotel in the city centre for five night stay. This afternoon Peter will lead an orientation walk from your hotel to help you get your bearings in this beautiful city.  Evening welcome dinner with wine and talk from Peter Higginson: ‘Forming the Renaissance style; imitating Nature and the Ancients.’

Day 2: Florence - Basilica of Santa Croce, Pazzi Chapel and walk from the Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno.
Morning visit to the Basilica of Santa Croce where there are works by Cimabue and Giotto, and Brunelleschi’s Pazzi Chapel. In the afternoon stroll from the Ponte Vecchio through the Oltrarno quarter to the Church of Santa Maria de Carmine to enjoy Masaccio’s Brancacci Chapel and Pontormo’s Entombment on the altar of the Capponi Chapel in the Church of Santa Felicita.

Day 3: Florence – San Marco, Palazzo Medici, Laurentian Library, Accademia, San Lorenzo and Medici Chapels.
A day of unparallelled artistic treasures today, that illustrate Florence’s status at the forefront of the Renaissance.  This morning’s first visit is to the convent of San Marco to see works by Fra Angelico before viewing Castagno’s Last Supper at Sant’ Apollonia. Continue with Gozzoli’s frescoes in the Palazzo[1]Medici-Riccardi and Michelangelo’s Laurentian Library. This afternoon visit the Accademia, home of Michelangelo’s David, before finishing at the Brunelleschi’s Basilica of San Lorenzo to examine the exquisite Medici Chapels. Tonight there will be dinner with wine and a lecture: ‘From the High Renaissance to Mannerism: art, philosophy, the state, and the identity of man’.

Day 4: Florence - Uffizi Gallery.
After a host of smaller sites on day 3, today is devoted to one of the world’s greatest collection of art, the Uffizi, where our tickets will enable us to skip the queues.  The most visited art gallery in Italy, with more than 2 million visitors per year, the Uffizi is home to countless, priceless works of art from the Renaissance including Botticelli’s uniquitous Birth of Venus and works by Titian, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and many, many more.  Peter will be on hand to guide you through its myriad of highlights.

Day 5: The Vasari Corridor and Museo di Casa Vasari.
Saving the best to last we finally get to experience the wondrous Vasari Corridor. Built by Giorgio de Vasari under orders from the Medici Duke Cosimo in 1565, the corridor connects the Palazzo Vecchio (which houses the Uffizi) with the Palazzo Pitti, crossing the Arno at the Ponte Vecchio and enabled the Medicis to walk from their gilded palace to the city centre untroubled by the city’s citizens.  It houses a collection of frescoes and sculpture to increase the pleasure of the walk, as well as offering superb views over the Arno.  We will also visit the newly reopened museum, which tells the story of this remarkable architectural and artistic creation. Evening free.

Day 6: Return flight to London Heathrow. Transfer to Bologna for return flight to London Heathrow.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 24 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Bologna
  • Five nights bed and breakfast accommodation at Hotel De La Ville, in Florence, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • Welcome reception at the hotel on the first night
  • First night  dinner with wine
  • Two lectures at the hotel
  • Third night dinner at local restaurant
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Local guides in Florence
  • Dr Peter Higginson and tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Double for sole use supplement 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTEL

Hotel De La Ville, Florence

Charming four-star hotel located in a central location in Florence city centre overlooking Piazza Antinori, offering a bar, restaurant, and comfortable bedrooms with modern facilities.

Hotel Website

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