According to Cee, we should all forego the elevator and take the stairs, letting our feet AND lungs negotiate the steps. It’s part of her “Which Ways” series — Steps or Stairs — under her weekly Fun Foto Challenge.
Care to go up and down with me?
I live on the first floor (one above the ground floor) of a former Liberty-style palazzo (palace) that was built in 1925 — later expanded then converted to a palazzo in condominio (apartment building) — and overlooks Campo Marzo, Vicenza’s main park that lies just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Centro Storico (Old Town Center).
From the moment I clear the main entry door into the palazzo, I take six flights of stairs (four outside my flat, two inside) and a total of 52 steps upward to finally get to the master bedroom on the second floor of my two-story abode.
More times than not, I take the stairs, not the lift, up to the piano nobile; so, I guess you could call me a StairMaster (sorry, I just couldn’t resist).
You’ll see pavers laid down by Etruscans, Romans and laborers in the employ of Chinese emperors for their respective dynasties.
Master craftsmen from Medieval and Renaissance times are on display, too.
And, I’ll give you a few views of the marble, wood, steel and iron staircases — fixed and modular — from around my palazzo and inside my creative hideaway.
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