The Corridor was built in 1564 by Giorgio Vasari at the time of the wedding between Francesco I de’ Medici and Giovanna of Austria. It served to connect the Pitti Palace, where the Grand Duke resided, with the Uffizi where he worked.
It is a covered walk, almost a kilometre long, an overhead passageway that starts out from the West Corridor of the Gallery, heads towards the Arno and then, raised up by arches, follows the river to Ponte Vecchio, and crosses it above the shops.
On the other side of the Arno, the corridor passes through the interior of the church of Santa Felicita, Down the tops of the houses and the gardens of the Guicciardini family where it reaches the Boboli gardens (one of the exits stands beside Buontalenti’s Grotto) and the apartments in the Pitti Palace.
The passageway contains over 1000 paintings, all dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. It also houses an important collection of self-portraits by masters such as: Andrea del Sarto, Beccafumi, Bernini, Annibale Carracci, Guido Reni, Salvator Rosa, Rubens, Canova, Hayez, Corot, Ingres, Delacroix and Ensor.
The Corridor can only be visited by appointment or to groups. Since the director of the Uffizi gallery is a good friend of ours, we can arrange a private viewing of the Corridor for anyone staying at Villa Montughi.