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Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.
1 hour and 15 minutes
Maximum of 12 persons accompanied by expert guides.
The Tour of the Secret Passages is not wheelchair accessible.
The Stairway was commissioned by Gualtieri VI di Brienne (called the Duke of Athens) between 1342 and 1343 and it was built into the depths of the walls. It finishes in a tiny door opening onto Via della Ninna commissioned by the Duke as an escape from his apartments, and it was effectively used when he was expelled from the city of Florence. Now along the path there are some windows that were opened in the wall after the construction of the starway.
It's a small room without windows that Francesco I used as a place of reflection and where he cultivated his interests in science and alchemy. Painted between 1570 and 1572 by a group of artists led by Giorgio Vasari, it's decorated with themes, dictated by Vincenzo Borghini, relating to the Four Elements and with images that allude to the materials stored inside the hidden wardrobes.
Built around 1545, it had to preserve rare and precious items, personal documents, medicinal plants and other object of scientific interest. In 1559 was redecorated by Giorgio Vasari and his team of artists, with religious themes (the Four Evangelists) and the personifications of the Arts and the Muses. it represents one of the most important manifestations of the Princes' passion for collecting.
This impressive hall was built in 1494 by Simone del Pollaiolo, called "il Cronaca", and Francesco di Domenico, and it took its name from the Council of Five Hundred which met here. Among the special features of this hall, we note the ceiling trusses made between 1563 and 1565 by Giorgio Vasari and his team, with themes dictated by Vincenzo Borghini; in the 42 lacunars we recognize allegories of the neighborhoods of Florence and the domains of the Duchy, while the center is dominated by the Apotheosis of Cosimo I.