THE PRINCE'S WAY

The city of Florence welcomes you! In this visit we will take you, through a secret way in the Historic Centre of Florence, discovering the connection that in the sixtheen century Cosimo I de' Medici wanted in order to join the three palaces, Palazzo Vecchio, Galleria degli Uffizi and Palazzo Pitti. They were the symbol of his sovereignty. It was an air and strictly private way between the seats of the government and the seat of the court. It enabled Grand Dukes to cross the city without armed escort and to see the city without anybody seeing them.

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o the Prince's Way is dedicated an artbook, that is easily downloadable and it is organized according to the same sections of this tour: history, itinerary, further insights, information. The artbook will give you more detailed information about the Prince's Way, so that all your curiosities about will be satisfied!

During the spring of 1565 Duke Cosimo de' Medici commissioned Giorgio Vasari to build a passage connecting Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti, respectively seats of the government and of the court. The Corridoio Vasariano was built in few months. And so, based on Vasari's drawings, a rather discreet footbridge connected Palazzo Vecchio to the Uffizi, that were built at the same time in order to house the most important Florentine Magistrates of the time. From the Uffizi, the passage continued over the arcades of Lungarno degli Archibusieri and mounted the Ponte Vecchio, then crossed the Arno river and passed over the portico of the church of S. Felicita. It finally arrived at Palazzo Pitti.

This way, that here is called the Prince's Way, for a good three centuries was to remain a private passage for Medici and Habsburg-Lorraine Grand Dukes. After the Unification of Italy, in 1866, the Corridoio Vasariano was transformed into a sort of extension of the Galleria degli Uffizi, where were displayed prints, tapestries, drawings, baroque paintings and the long display of artists' Self-portraits. To the building of this way are tied also the transformations that the rooms of Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi were subjected during the sixteenth and seventeenth century, with the building of some little hidden rooms inside Palazzo Vecchio, the so-called “studioli”, and with the building of most large and scenographic rooms inside the Galleria degli Uffizi. These rooms, that take care of some works of the most important and refined artists in that time, were not only the private places for studying, but also the places for housing the works of art, some rarities and objects with a scientific value, collected by Medici. So the Medici collecting stood out, because it wasn't an end in itself, but it was a wise mirror of the cultural level and power of the government.

ITINERARY

In this itinerary you will be guided wisely through some instruments at your disposal. Use the map for seeing the way and the numbered places and/or works that you will meet - clicking on the single numbers you will see the picture of the place and/or work and its short description. Clicking on the gallery sign you can see in high resolution not only all pictures of the places and works that you will meet along the Prince's Way, but also the pictures of places and works that you can't see and are widely described in the apposite artbook. We suggest you to download it, so that you can get ready to the walk or you can take it always with you throughout the itinerary.

This itinerary starts from Palazzo Vecchio, continues through the Galleria degli Uffizi and Corridoio Vasariano and finishes inside the Giardino di Boboli. Along this itinerary you can admire beautiful works and enjoy extraordinary views of Florence.

Click on the picture and see the details concerning the works, the places and the various rooms that form the Prince's Way and that you can see in the city.


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FURTHER INSIGHTS

n this section, that anticipates or follows your itinerary, you can find more detailed information and more exhaustive descriptions about the Prince's Way. In an apposite artbook you can find some further insights concerning the works, the places and the rooms, that form the Prince's Way. This artbook will allow you to know in minute detail not only the historical events, that led to the building of the Corridoio Vasariano, but also the political and cultural backstage and the events that led to the building of Palazzo Vecchio and Galleria degli Uffizi, as well as the transformations concerning these two symbols of Florence. You can know the history about some little rooms in Palazzo Vecchio, in particular of the Studiolo di Cosimo I and the Studiolo di Francesco I. These “Studioli'” are little secret rooms decorated with some frescoes and paintings by the main artists of that time, where it was possible thinking, reading and writing, surrounded with precious objects, works of art and rarities of scientific interest. You can follow the events of the Florentine Art Collections, in particular of the Medici Art Collections. These collections were not an end in itself, but they were a mirror of the culture and the power of the government.


Moreover, through the artbook, you can follow step after step the birth and the evolution of the Galleria degli Uffizi, that is one of the first example of the modern museum born in contrast with the studioli trend in order to house the most outstanding and monumental works of some wide antiquarian collections. We suggest you to download the artbook about the Prince's Way, so that you can get ready for your visit in the best way. It will take you through the various buildings and will take you back, in order to trace those crucial moments in the florentine history, that set an indelible stamp, through the works of some big artists like as Vasari, Buontalenti, Giambologna, Allori, Bandinelli. The artbook, that is easily downloadable, is organized according to the same sections of this walk: history, itinerary, further insights, information. Besides downloading the artbook, if you didn't do it yet, we suggest you to visit the gallery, where you can see in high resolution not only the pictures of rooms and works that you meet along this itinerary, but also the pictures of those rooms and works usually closed to the public, but that are described in detail in the apposite artbook.

INFO

You can find below information about places, museums and churches through that the Prince's Way stretches. With a simple click you can see information about opening and closing days and hours.
The Lungarno degli Archibusieri, Ponte Vecchio and Torre dei Mannelli are always admirable, because they are not subjected to any time ties.

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