Florence

The Quartiere Degli Dei Terrestri

The Studiolo of Francesco I: Francesco de’ Medici, Duke Cosimo’s eldest son, commissioned Giorgio Vasari to design this room, located off the Hall of the Five Hundred. Francesco used it as his study as well as to house family heirlooms, as was typical at the time (during the 16th and 17th century, collecting and categorizing… Continue reading The Quartiere Degli Dei Terrestri

Quartiere Degli Dei Celesti

On the second floor of the Palazzo Vecchio is the Quartiere Degli Dei Celesti (the Quarter of the Celestial Gods), which, like the Quartiere Degli Dei Terrestri, was decorated by Giorgio Vasari and his team. Room of the Elements The Quartiere’s centerpiece is the Room of the Elements. Here, each fresco personifies one of the… Continue reading Quartiere Degli Dei Celesti

The Ducal Apartments

At the end of the gallery overlooking the Salone dei Cinquecento are the apartments of Eleonora of Toledo (the wife of Duke Cosimo I), which were once located directly above Cosimo’s own rooms (now used as offices) and directly beneath those of her eleven children (yes, eleven children). Camera Verde The Duchess used this room,… Continue reading The Ducal Apartments

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