Frescoes in the first courtyard had scenes of cities in what is now Austria, in honor of the wedding of one of the Medici sons to a Hapsburg daughter. The columns are reminiscent of a wedding cake aren't they?
The exquisite courtyard ceilings hint at the ornamentation to come and I found myself looking up in every room, enchanted by the variety and beauty of the ceiling art:
Looking up so long can be hard on the neck. I found this framed bench for a short rest:
I'm including this photo simply because I like it and, like the available seating, it represents an old art which contrasts...