Old wine vending window, Florence by Ieiris202

Little Wine Windows around Florence

Have you ever noticed those small little windows indented into the walls of the old palazzi in Florence? Miniature copies of their full size counterparts, the main entrances to each palazzo, are made of solid wood, are sometimes decorated with carvings or iron studs, and even have their own little knocker.
Known as bucchette del vino, they come complete with jambs and Romanesque or Gothic style arches hewn in the local stone.

The Grand Hotel Baglioni, Florence

The Grand Hotel Baglioni in Florence

In Dan Brown’s novel Inferno, the Grand Hotel Baglioni in Florence is mentioned near the last part of the story, precisely when professor Langdon, Sienna Brooks, and Dr. Ferris go to Venice.

“As they approached the train station, they passed the Grand Hotel Baglioni, which often hosted events for an art conference Langdon attended every year. Seeing it, Langdon realized he was about to do something he had never before done in his life. I’m leaving Florence without visiting the David.”

The Grand Hotel Baglioni symbolizes Florentine hospitality;

Armenia Map, Palazzo Vecchio

Hall of Geographical Maps

The Hall of Geographical Maps is a room full of charm, located on the second floor of the Palazzo Vecchio. It features fifty-three geographical maps, depicting the world as it was known in the middle of the sixteenth century.

The environment was created by Giorgio Vasari between 1561 and 1565 by order of Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici to fulfill the dual function of cloakroom—the room where the most important documents were kept—and cosmography room.