Earlier that day, we toured Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's city hall and home to the Medici family for a while. I was completely surprised. I didn't expect to climb inside a secret door that looks like a cabinet!
|The main hall: the large covering to the right is an on-going project. Art historians have found a famous Da Vinci painting behind the Vecchio architect's painting. The architect left a few inches between the two paintings.|
Stephano grabs a set of keys and pulls back a velvet rope to quickly let us in. It's a tiny room, so only 10 people of our Baylor group are allowed in at a time.
This room was a private workshop. Filled with beautiful paintings, we soon discover that each painting symbolizes what was kept in each cabinet. Yes, it turns out that each panel is a cabinet. But it gets better. One of the panels is a secret door!
|Inside the private study|
|Cabinets are behind every painting.|
|Secret door behind a painting panel.|
|The three colors of tiles symbolizes the unity of the three regions of Tuscany.|
|Cabinets inside the study|
|The private study|
That wasn't the end of our adventure. Our tour time was technically over by this point, but Stephano is so passionate about this stuff that he extended our tour for 45 minutes.
We climbed another narrow staircase behind a velvet rope, while other people looked at us in confusion. When we reached the top, we saw the infrastructure of the ceiling. We could see where the paintings frames were and the original wood and metal that hold it all together.
|The very top of Palazzo Vecchio|
|The room of maps|
|A secret panel turns into a door.|
|The balcony attached to the Duchess' room|
|The Duchess' room|
|The door to the chapel|
|View of the main hall from the window|
Who knew that this stuff was real? This definitely goes on the 'Top Ten Coolest Things I've Ever Done List.'
After the tour, we had class a couple hours later. I actually learned a lot in that one hour. We had the opportunity to use the photo lab at FUA. We got to learn about lights and how the studio works in general. It was so interesting and really fun. I definitely want to explore studio photography more.
Then I got to see Lauren!...all the way in Florence! Catherine and I had dinner with her and some other Baylor business students. I was so excited to see her! It's pretty awesome to meet up with your best friend in Firenze for an Italian dinner!
Fan, secret passageways, photo lab, and Lauren...overall this day was awesome!