After presentations and going through the Uffizi, the group got to experience a rare Florence treat. Cook had arranged for the group to take a walk through the private connection from the Uffizi to the Pitti Palace. The fourtheenth century Medici family ruled as an aristocracy and could move between their home and workplace with a private hallway running over the Arno River, through a church and office building. The hallway is lined by the world's largest collection of artists' self portraits. Cook had seen the hallway twice but made sure the students knew it was quite a privilege.