The Vasari Corridor

on Martedì, 14 Aprile 2015. Posted in Florence art news

The safe way out through Ponte Vecchio

The Vasari Corridor
It is a vantage walk long more than one kilometer, that links Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti going through the Uffizi Gallery. It was built on the initiative of the Grand Duke Cosimo I in 1565 on the occasion of the marriage of his son Francesco with Giovanna of Austria, constructed by Giorgio Vasari, the architect of the Uffizi. This extraordinary aerial way was thought to allow the Grand Dukes to move safely, without escorts, from their private residence to the government palace, and was a matter of prestige for the Medici. The Vasari Corridor depends on the Uffizi Gallery, which is also responsible for the collection of portraits and important paintings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, there exposed.