Vecchio and the Galleria Degli Uffizi -- These
structures are consummate symbols of the ruling Medici family at the
height of their power. The towering "old palace" served as
both residential and administrative quarters of Florence's civic leaders,
until Duke Cosimo I of Tuscany deemed it necessary to expand.
ducal household moved across the Arno to the Palazzo Pitti, while the
newly-built Uffizi or "offices" sheltered the bureaucrats and
the Medici's ever-growing art collection by 1554. All structures are
connected via a 2km long corridor built by Vasari, traversed only by the
duke and his closest entourage. Inside these buildings, citizens enjoyed
modern amenities such as running water and the toilet.
photo was taken with the Canon Pro70 digital camera.