Florence's Vasari Corridor to reopen in 2021

Uffizi-Pitti Palace link shut in 2016 due for safety reasons

19 February, 15:40

    FLORENCE - The so-called Vasari Corridor linking the Uffizi to the Pitti Palace in Florence will reopen in 2021 after an 18-month, 10-million euro renovation project, officials said on Monday. The link between the two monuments was closed in 2016 for safety reasons. The executive project for the renovation was presented on Monday by Uffizi Director Eike Schmidt.
    In the coming months a tender will be put out and, once assigned, it will be possible to start work.
    It is estimated that, once reopened, the Vasari Corridor (Italian: Corridoio Vasariano) will attract 500,000 visitors a year. The Vasari Corridor is an enclosed passageway which begins on the south side of the Palazzo Vecchio, joins the Uffizi Gallery, crosses the Lungarno dei Archibusieri and then follows the north bank of the River Arno until it crosses the Ponte Vecchio.
    The corridor covers part of the facade of the church of Santa Felicita before crossing rows of houses in the Oltrarno district to finally reach the Pitti Palace.
    The Corridor used to play host to over 700 portraits and self-portraits.
    When it reopens it will be home to a collection of ancient Roman and Greek inscriptions and 30 sculptures. The whole corridor will be accessible to the disabled and it will have an air-conditioning system, five emergency exits, LED lighting and a video-surveillance system. The project also features reinforcement of the corridor's structure and restoration of the interior. "It will be open to everyone at accessible prices," said Schmidt.
    "There will be an XXL ticket, which includes seven Florentine cultural institutions, Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi, the Vasari Corridor, the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens, Forte Belvedere and the Giardino Bardini.
    "There will also be a base ticket just for the corridor that will cost 45 euros per person in high season and 20 euros in low season".
    Florence Mayor Dario Nardella expressed delight.
    "The Vasari Corridor is the most beautiful path in the world, connecting Palazzo Vecchio and the Pitti Palace, two buildings that the Medici chose as their residence and today are a symbol of art and architecture, in particular of the Renaissance".

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