The Vasari Corridor is currently closed for rennovations. It was necessary an upgrade of safety systems for visitors. A reopening it will be in 2021.

Hystory of the Vasari Corridor

The Corridor was built in 1565 by Giorgio Vasari ath the time of Francesco I de’ Medici. It’s a long passegeway that connected the Pitti Palace, where the Grand Duke resided, with the Uffizi where he worked because he felt insecure in public. The Central part of the Corridor goes over Ponte Vecchio and it’s the most beautiful panoramic point of view of all the way.

Corridoio Vasariano MercurioViaggi
Corridoio Vasariano MercurioViaggi

The Renovation Works of Vasari Corridor

Gallery Director, Mr. Schmidt, told that the reopening are planned for 2021. The renovation plan includes the full access for people with disability, 5 new emergency exitsm an air-conditioning system, led lighting and video surveillance. Last but not least the restoration of walls and flooring and a new ground floor entrance next to Vasari Auditorium, where visitors will purchase tickets.

3D View of Vasari Corridor from Google Maps

Schmidt talk about ticket price for Vasari Corridor. From €20 to €45 for each person or a XXL ticket for Vasari Corridor and other museums. The real price will be official only in 2021.

Formula E returns to the ancient ruins of Rome. “Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR” is 2.84km in length, with a total of 21 turns. The start/finish line is located on Via Cristoforo Colombo, with the cars racing around the Obelisco di Marconi, against the backdrop of the iconic Colosseo.

Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR – 3D Map by Google Earth Pro

With the E-Prix the itinerary of traffic of cars and buses will change. The last bus stop on Piazzale dell’Agricoltura will be moved to Piazzale Sturzo. The bus stop of Piazzale Douhet will be suspend. Via Cristoforo Colombo will be closed for four days from Via Laurentina ’till Viale dell’Oceano Atlantico.

Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR - 2D Map by Google Earth Pro

Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR – 2D Map by Google Earth Pro

All changes will be update by “Roma Servizi per la Mobilità”. We suggest to use the App Waze for driving or GoogleMaps or Moovit for using Bus.


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We just came back from Rome Whisky Festival, a truly special experience with Whisky and Whisky fans in the special atmosphere of Salone delle Fontane in EUR district. It was the 8th edition of the Festival, 2000 different whiskies to try, masterclasses, mixology seminar and a new bar area. It was truly a whisky lover’s paradise. The distilleries came from all over the words, from the famous Scotland and Ireland to USA, Japan and Island too.

Mercurio Viaggi Rome Whisky Festival
Mercurio Viaggi Rome Whisky Festival – Salone delle Fontane EUR
Mercurio Viaggi - Roma Whisky Festival 2019
Mercurio Viaggi Rome Whisky Festival – Inside

Every exhibitor knows their whiskies inside out and it was well worth taking advantage of this knowledge. One of the protagonists of the festival was the Islay whiskies. They generally reverse the characteristics of Speysides, tending to be dry and peaty; behind the smoke, however, can be gentle mossy scents, and some spice.

Mercurio Viaggi Floki Whisky
Floki Whisky

A not-conventional whisky was made by distillery from Island: The Floki Icelandic Young Malt. The barley used in this malt has been smoked using generations old tradition of smoking using sheep dung in Iceland. The result is truly one of a kind with a complex flavor profile and sweet smoky notes to compliment the intense flavor of the Icelandic barley.

Mercurio Viaggi Rome Whisky Festival 2019 (12)
Donald MacKenzie

A warm thanks to Donald MacKenzie for serving us a dram of his Bårelegs, Silver Medal in the Scotch Single Malt category and “Gold Medal” by Mercurio Viaggi.

For all future events about Whisky just contact us and we will suggest where to make the pilgrimage.

Venice is becoming a City-Museum, like Louvre, Galleria degli Uffizi, or Vatican. For entering the city will be necessary to pay a tax-sit, with all kind of carriers, trains, buses, ships or cars. It’s a three years plan ’till 2022 in which it will be necessary to book each visit. In 2019 price will be € 3. For the 2020 the price will grow up to € 10. One ticket for a day-visit. Who is going to sleep inside city will receive a special discount for entrance.
What’s happened for ticketless people? Penalty from € 100 ’till € 450.

The mayor of Rome introduce new rules for bus from 1st january 2019.
Here the main changes:
There are 3 new ZTL BUS areas, A – operates every day from 00.00 to 24.00 (including holidays), B – operates every day from 5.00 to 24.00 (including holidays), C – operates every day from 00.00 to 24.00 (including holidays).
Tourist buses will be allowed to enter the City only after purchasing a day permit. The Permits are A is necessary to move and stop in the A ZTL BUS area. This area start from the first meter after GRA (also knows as A90 Motorway, a toll-free long orbital motorway that encircles Rome) ’till the B ZTL BUS areas. There are also the Permit “B”, the Colosseum Area’s Permit, the Vatican Area’s Permit, the Permit G “Great events” (to enter and to spot in the A ZTL BUS area during great events) and the Permit “Gran Turismo”.
All the permits must be printed in A4 format and positioned so as to be visible on the windshield of the vehicle.
The Checkpoint for purchasing the day permits are 3:
Check Point Ponte Mammolo –  24h (only cards, not cash) – Via delle Messi d’Oro – 00158 – Rome;
Check Point Laurentina – 8-14 (cash) or 24h (only cards, not cash) – Via Francesco de Suppè – 00143 – Rome;
Check Point Aurelia – 8-20 (cash) or 24h (only cards, not cash) – Via Aurelia km 9,200 – 00165 – Rome. This Check Point is not easy to find on Navigator. You can look for “Roma Aurelia Area di Parcheggio” on Google Maps or put the follow GPS coordinate: 41°53’00.2″N 12°23’38.1″E or 41.883386, 12.393905.

ZTL BUS ROME Mercurio Viaggi 2019
Detail of ZTL BUS ROME 2019