What's inside the grand, decadent palazzi in Genoa? One can't help wandering what those facades and big windows - often looking no farther than at window or wall of the palazzo just across the narrow alleyway - hide inside, and we had the most amazing surprise when we entered the palazzo where we were hosted.
Oh, wow! This spiral staircase was so unexpected and beautiful, that Rebecca and I spent quite some time exploring it: taking the elevator up to the sixth floor (little country girls get excited when they can use an elevator), and walking the helical stairs all the way down ... to the elevator door on the ground floor again.
PS Sorry about the ugly and, frankly, promotional way in which my photos display on the blog. Flickr is changing the embed coding adding "progressive enhancement" features, and hopefully options will soon be offered to have access to the plain, good old HTML code again.