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The Search for Hidden Da Vinci

The mystery that seems to hide one of the most sought after works of Leonardo Da Vinci has lasted for more than 500 years. The Battle of Anghiari was commissioned in 1503 to DaVinci, to recreate one of the most splendid moments of the Republic of Florence, the victory over the Milanese troops in one of the bloodiest battles the Florentines lived during the fifteenth century.

The Battle of Scannagallo, by Giorgio Vasari

The Battle of Scannagallo, by Giorgio Vasari

It is known that the order was carried out and replicas like the ones created by masters such as Rubens proved so. What is not yet known with certainty is whether in fact the lost work of Da Vinci is hidden behind the Giorgio Vasari fresco painted in 1563 on one of the walls of the Hall of Five Hundred in the Palazzo Vecchio. Finding the same exact pigment on the Mona Lisa and St.John the Baptist under Vasari’s work, originated the prospect of discovering five centuries later, the piece of the great genius Da Vinci. Maurizio Seracini, who began the search for this masterpiece 36 years ago, leads a group of researchers. The idea maintains that The Battle of Anghiari is located behind The Battle of  Scannagallo of Vasari. They have used sophisticated techniques but critics say that only the supposed remains of Da Vinci will be found and may damage the artistic heritage of the Palazzo Vecchio.

Specifically, more than 500 experts from the National Gallery in London, the Louvre and the Metropolitan in New York have expressed their disagreement by signing a manifesto against the investigation. For now, it seems that the war between supporters and opponents of the search for lost Da Vinci still has many battles to fight. It remains to be seen if The Battle of Anghiari will continue to be in an unknown place or, by contrast, was always at home, hidden from the eyes of the Florentines and visitors.

Meanwhile, Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, encourages guests to enjoy the many other art treasures on view at the Palazzo Vecchio, which include, besides the works of Vasari, the work of Bronzino and Michelangelo, among others.

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The Vasari Corridor, a magical tour of Florence

One of the great architectural gems with a history full of curiosities and anecdotes in the city of Florence is, without a doubt, the Vasari Corridor. Built in just five months by the architect Giorgio Vasari,  the Vasari Corridor is an elevated and enclosed passageway almost a thousand meters in length  and crosses the main points of the city.

Cosimo I de Medici  ordered to build this endless hallway to link Palazzo Pitti, the official residence of the Medici, with the Florentine nobility’s government headquarters, the Palazzo Vecchio. This decision was triggered  by the Grand Duke’s to avoid unending and tiresome  trips through the streets of the city. Moreover, these long walks through the city had to be done with guards and escorts to prevent possible attacks.

The corridor passes through the Ponte Vecchio

The corridor passes through the Ponte Vecchio

That is why the corridor passes through one of the most emblematic sites of the city, the Ponte Vecchio. It is one of the most visited places because of the stunning view over the River Arno.  According to legend, the Florentine Duke ordered the demolition of butcher shops that were housed in this part of the walkway because of foul odor and so today one can still see the goldsmiths and jewelers which took their place back then.

The Vasari Corridor was also a stopping point for soldiers and combatants during the Second World War, and crosses one of the most interesting places to visit in Florence: the Uffizi Gallery. It is considered one of the most important museums in the world and it is home to works of art, such as Rubens, Bernini and Delacroix self-portraits that could be the cause of Stendhal syndrome.

In short, the Vasari Corridor is one of those places with real magic in the beautiful Florence. Il Salviatino, your 5 star hotel in Florence, invites you to enjoy the city and feel the authenticity of places like the Vasari Corridor.

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