The Vasari Corridor, the covered
walkway linking the Uffizi Gallery with Palazzo Pitti in
Florence, is due to reopen to the public following renovations
in May 2024 on the anniversary of the Via dei Georgofili
Sicilian Mafia bombing, Uffizi director Eike Schmidt said on
The corridor running above the iconic Pone Vecchio that spans the Arno River was closed to the public in 2016 for safety reasons.
Since then it has been undergoing refurbishment involving installation of a new lighting system and air conditioning and to make it fully accessible to all visitors. "Today we are entering the final phase of the work" for the reopening of the Vasari Corridor, said Schmidt on the sidelines of a press conference on the donation by the Edwin L. Wiegand Foundation of one million dollars for the new exhibition layout.
"Many of the measures to adapt to fire and air conditioning requirements and also to accessibility standards are already completed and so we are now ready to finish, put the final touches to the structure and systems and then start with the layout," he added.
Schmidt said it is his intention to reopen the Vasari Corridor to coincide with the anniversary of the Cosa Nostra mafia bombing near the Uffizi Galleries on the night of May 26-27, 1993, in which five people were killed.
The Vasari Corridor was built in 1565 to a design by architect Giorgio Vasari after Florence's then Medici rulers decided they wanted to move freely and secretly between the seat of city government in Palazzo Vecchio and their private palace in Palazzo Pitti on the other side of the Arno.
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