The reopening of the secret Vasari corridor comes in as great news for travelers planning to tour and visit the Uffizi.

The secret Vasari corridor has existed since the 17th and 18th centuries. It is home to a prized collection of up to 1000 paintings and self-portraits. Linking the Palazzo​ Vecchio with Uffizi and Palazzo Pitti, Cosimo I de’ commissioned the kilometer-long passageway in honor of his son’s wedding.

The corridor was cordoned off in 2016 due to safety concerns. This is to help protect visitors from crumbling walls and hazardous falling objects.

It was recently announced by the museum’s director, Eike Schmidt, that there would be a renovation schedule that will see the installation of new lighting, reinforced walls, antique terracotta flooring, video surveillance, and air conditioning.

Schmidt said in a statement: “We wanted everyone to be able to enjoy this extraordinary heritage, and in total safety, offering visitors the opportunity to walk through the heart of Florence’s art, history and memory.

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The restoration project would take exactly 18 months to complete, museum officials said. Plenty of time to plan your next Florentine adventure.

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