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Hall of Geographical Maps, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Hall of Geographical Maps in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

At the end of the Palazzo Vecchio museum tour is the Hall of Geographical Maps (Sala delle Carte Geografiche) or Stanza del Guardaroba where it was the Medicean Guardaroba (cloakroom) of the Granduca Cosimo I, that was the center of the institution that conserved, inventoried and enlivened all the assets of the State and the Monarch.

The room has a wonderful woodden ceiling work of Dionigi Nigetti, while the walls are occupied from wardrobe decorated with 53 maps oil paintedon the doors of the wardrobe, between 1563 and 1589, from the Dominican friar Egnazio Danti and from Stefano Buonsignori.

The maps are of great historical interest and constitute a document of invaluable value of geographical knowledge of the second half of the sixteenth century. Part of the maps were derived from Ptolemy’s Geographia, the others refer to contemporary works of the sixteenth century and represent all the known world of the time.

Mappe, Sala delle Carte Geografiche, Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Hall of Geographical Maps, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

At the center of the room is exposed the great globe “map mundi” ruined by excessive restorations. Curious peculiarity of the wardrobe is that some is that some wardrobes hide secret passages to other environments – normally not accessible to those who visit the Palazzo Vecchio -, for example behind the map of Armenia is a secret passage leading to Camerino of the Duchess Bianca Cappello, second wife of Francesco I de’ Medici for which was built towards the end of the sixteenth century, a study linked to his passion for collecting.

Curious characteristic of the room is the presence of a small window, protect from a grate, from which the duchessa could observe, not seen, the Salone dei Cinquecento.

Now, after the visit of the Palazzo Vecchio, you can go out the front door of the Palazzo Vecchio and discovering the figure of Importuno and his curious legend associated with Michelangelo. The Importuno.

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