This corridor was built in less than a half year by Giorgio Vasari in 1564 for the wedding of Francesco de Medici and Giovanna of Austria. It was necessary to establish a connection between the Palazzo Pitti, where the noble Medici family lived, and the Uffizi where they worked. This connecting corridor is approximately one kilometer long. It starts inside the western part of the Uffizi Gallery, continues along the Arno and follows the river to the Ponte Vecchio. When it crosses the Arno on the Ponte Vecchio there are magnificent views to the right and left side of the river and on the other Arno’s bridges. When you reach the other side of the Arno and the corridor continues, passing through the interior of the church of Santa Felicita. The corridor pass houses, ancient palaces, private gardens and ends when it reaches the Boboli Gardens and the apartments of the Palazzo Pitti
In general, the corridor is open from Tuesday to Friday. The visits are organized group wise always 20 persons each go. Information is available here: Loggiato degli Uffizi Tel: 055 2654321
Please call in advance as opening hours are subject to fluctuations. The entrance to the "Corridor" is located between the rooms 25 and 34 in the Uffizi Gallery. The special feature of this walk are not only the little-known but truly remarkable views of the city but also the many pieces of art which are exhibited in the corridor. One can admire over 1000 paintings, mostly self portrait, all dating back to the 17th and 18th Century. Among them many important self-portraits.
This collection is truly unique in the world. It was created by Cardinal Leopoldo de 'Medici in the early 17th Century. You will find self-portraits of famous personalities of the time as for example Andrea del Sarto, Canova, Hayez, Corot, Beccafumi, Bernini, Guido Reni, Salvator Rosa, Annibale Carracci, Rubens and many others.