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Florence Medici's Mile - Walking along the Path of Medici Residence and Vasari Corridor

Discover the most important sights of Florence on this 2-hour guided tour led by a local guide and learn all the secrets of the incredible Vasari Corridor and the Medici family.

This fascinating 1-mile walk crosses a UNESCO World Heritage area with the highest concentration of monuments and open-air works of art in the world.

Meet your local guide and set off to explore the most important sights of Florence and retrace the incredible history of the Medici dynasty, the family which put its power and wealth at the service of the patronage and art, laying the foundations of Renaissance.

You will learn stories and anecdotes of intrigue, power struggles, secrets and betrayals, but also tales of incredible foresight, which resulted in a priceless artistic and cultural heritage.

Stroll along the same narrow streets where the Mercici family walked, touch the stones used to build their residences and see the same monuments they saw every day including the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, their first residence in San Lorenzo district - here, you will also find the family’s Church and mausoleum: Medici Chapels.

Next, it’s time to admire the magnificent Cathedral, with its imposing Brunelleschi’s Dome and the stunning Palazzo Vecchio, their second residence, which dominates the wonderful Piazza della Signoria.

Further on you will follow from the outside the whole path of the Vasari Corridor - a secret and comfortable corridor used by the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany, to move between the Palazzo Pitti, their third residence, and their offices located inside the Palazzo Vecchio, without being seen by the citizens.

The tour ends at the exterior of the majestic Pitti Palace which is also home to the marvelous Boboli Gardens. Entrance is not included to either of these Florence favourites on the standard ticket but can be added on if you wish. Read on for more details.

Additional Add-ons

Why not include an entrance ticket to one of the following extras with your ticket?

  • Entrance tickets to the historic Boboli Gardens: Explore one of the greatest open-air museums in Florence, these beautiful gardens are arguable the most famous Italian gardens in the world. You will also have access to the Porcelain Museum and Bardini Gardens.
  • Entrance tickets to Pitti Palace and museums: The symbol of the Medici's power over Tuscany, with your ticket you will be able to independently visit the Palatine Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, the Museum of Fashion and Costime and the Treasure of the Grand Dukes.

Please note, your guide will give you your Boboli Gardens/Pitti Palace tickets at the end of the walking tour however these additional segments will be self-guided. Also, although your walking tour finishes around 11.30am, the Boboli/Pitti tickets will be for a 1.30pm entrance, so there will be two hours of freetime between the different sections.

Experience Includes

  • A fascinating 2-hour Medici's mile walking tour
  • See a selection of fascinating top Florence attractions
  • Hear the stories of Florence under the Medici rule
  • Walk the path of the Vasari Corridor
  • Option to add on entrance to Boboli Gardens OR Pitti Palace
  • Informative and friendly guide

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities
  • Entrance to the Vasari Corridor

Departs

Varies, please see calendar.

Departure location

Piazza San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo Square), at the statue located in the centre of the square.

Start times

9.30am

Duration

Around 2 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • This tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. In the unlikely event of such a cancellation, a refund will be provided or an alternative will be offered.
  • Children aged 0 to 6 years old are free of charge. Proof of age may be requested.
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • If you have purchased entrance tickets into Pitti Palace or the Boboli Gardens, your guide will give you the entrance tickets at the end of the walking tour. Please note: The Boboli/Pitti tickets will be for a 1.30pm entrance, so there will be two hours of freetime between the walking tour and Boboli/Pitti entrance.
  • Entrance to the Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace is a non-guided. You are free to explore on your own. It is recommended to arrive at the Pitti Palace ticket office 15 minutes before the entrance time to collect your tickets.
  • Cancellation Policy: There will be no penalty for cancellations of tour or service communicated in writing to Caf Tour & Travel up to 48 hours before departure time of the tour or service. Less than 48 hours before departure time of tour or service 100% of the total price will be due and no reimbursement will be granted. No reimbursement will be granted to any client who is not at the place of departure at the time established; similarly, no reimbursement will be granted to clients who lose contact with the guide or who do not complete the tour.