Florence has a room full of secret Michelangelo works

Posted: 15 November 2017 11:46 am

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Italy has even more history than thought.

It was discovered in 1975. Conveniently enough it was already sitting beneath an existing museum, the Medici Chapels.

The then-museum director was searching for a new exit to better facilitate increasing visitor numbers, but found something a whole lot more exciting. It's believed that the secret chamber was Michelangelo's hiding place during the Medici uprisings in 1529, and it's clear that he kept busy while holed up.

The new chamber is predicted to open for public viewing in 2020, but will only be letting in a handful of visitors at a time.

Right now you can visit the Medici Chapels museum for only €7 (plus a plane ticket), and while it's not clear whether ticket prices will increase by then, that room might be one of the best tourist attractions you'll find for your money.

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"We’re working on making the secret room of Michelangelo accessible," said Paola D’Agostino, the director of the Bargello Museum. "There’s a plan under way to make the space safe for visitors. There’s a great deal to do."

Pretty soon, the Medici Chapels might be joining the list of the world's best museums.

Italy's known for having almost too much history, and the secret room will definitely be worth a visit after opening, as a treasure trove of never-displayed works. If you want to see it for yourself, it might be worth making extending your trip to Rome to include a few nights in Florence.

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