HomeVideoMonuments&MuseumsVasari Corridor: a secret passageway over Florence

Palazzo Vecchio, Galleria degli Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, and Palazzo Pitti are some of the most well known landmarks in Florence, but did you know there are secret passages that connect them? Designed by Giorgio Vasari under the patronage of Cosimo I in honor of his son Francesco’s wedding to Giovanna of Austria, and completed in just 5 months in 1564, the corridors were used by the Medici family to get from the Uffizi offices to the Pitti Palace without mixing with the Florentine populace and having to see and smell the meat markets that originally occupied the Ponte Vecchio below.

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