Secret Passages of Palazzo Vecchio – Florence
There are places inside Palazzo Vecchio where time seems to stand still and where it is easier for today’s visitors to relive the excitement of the past. Since 2000, the Museum has recovered to the fruition of many of these public spaces that can be visited only in small groups and accompanied by experienced personnel.
Steps of the Duke of Athens, Study of Francesco I, treasure of Cosimo I, trusses of the ceiling of the room built on ‘500. Places very different the one from the other (but united by) that not only allow an unprecedented look at the Palazzo Vecchio, but a more penetrating one.
The scale of the Duke of Athens is an escape route built into the thickness of the walls of the palace between 1342 and 1343, which goes into a small door sited on Via della Ninna, and on the secret study, located one above the other and adjacent to the Salone. They all talk about the refined and cultured atmosphere of the courts of the Italian Renaissance, as it constitutes one of the most important events of the royal collections, the double row of Vasari trusses supporting the roof of the Salone dei Cinquecento and the imposing gilded coffered ceiling of the room, fully expresses the unity of art and science, special age of Humanism and the Renaissance.
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