In the midst of the chaos of the San Lorenzo market is the Medici Chapel, nestled in the Church of San Lorenzo. The impressive chapels, built as the final resting place for the famed Medici rulers of Florence, are a major tourist destination, where visitors come to gawk at this regal burial place with larger-than-life marble mausoleums and the famed statues carved by Michelangelo for the tombs of the first family of Florence.
What the majority of visitors don’t know, however, is that right under their feet lies a hallway decorated by a series of free-flowing and beautiful drawings done by Michelangelo himself. These were only discovered in 1974, and it is speculated that this was a refuge for the artist during work on the tombs took place, or potentially the place where he hid periodically during an invasion in 1530 (considering that he was responsible for all of the fortifications of Florence at the time)... Nothing like a little pastime sketches by one of history’s greatest artists, which include what many scholars consider to be a self-portrait.
We still haven’t figured out how to get access to the hallway (maybe we don’t have enough friends in high places), but as soon as we unlock the key (get it?), we’ll let you in on the secret.