Monday, February 4, 2013

The Ghost of Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio by freshEIRE
Palazzo Vecchio, a photo by freshEIRE on Flickr.
At the heart of Florence sits the imposing facade of Palazzo Vecchio, a one-time fortified palace for medieval big wigs in Tuscany. Built in 1299 as the seat of power for one of many warring city-states in what we now call Italy, the palazzo is haunted by Baldaccio d'Anghiari, a 15th century rival to Cosimo de Medici. In their bloody rivalry, Baldaccio was murdered by a Medici loyalist. Now his vengeful spirit wander the dark corridors of the palace from which he once ruled.

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