Up the Down Staircases-1 | ©Tom Palladio ImagesAccording 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).

Up the Down Staircases-2 | ©Tom Palladio ImagesMy floor — only two apartments — is where the original owners lived, and the floor was referred to back then as the piano nobile (noble floor).

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).

Up the Down Staircases-3 | ©Tom Palladio ImagesThe short video below showcases a few steps and stairs that I’ve encountered. Some have been around a long, long time, while others have only been in use within the past six years.

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.

Going up?

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

19 comments

      1. not hubby. the developer who needed my help to answer a few questions he had… at work. don’t have time to blog at home. Kids won’t let me… LOL 😉

  1. You are an inspiration – to climb more stairs even if they lead to nowhere. If you go down the up staircase do you get somewhere or upwhere? Is getting upwhere better than getting downwhere? Where ever they lead, all your stairs are beautifully presented.

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