Welcome to Florence.
Giotto’s bell tower. The hotel is very close so I can hear the bells clearly.
The new Museum of the Duomo is open and it is stunning. After a few hours in this exquisite museum I understand much better the interplay of architecture and faith. There are preserved many inestimable treasures.
They tried to recreate the space between the baptistry and the facade of the Duomo as it was before 1557 when it was dismantled and redone.
You get a real sense of the “paradiso” that that space invoked, as you would move from the baptistry to the doors of the cathedral, from the font to the altar, from cleansing to Eucharist.
Some items, details, in the museum.
The singing gallery!
This museum really takes it out of you, so it is important to keep up your strength.
And did I mention AD ORIENTEM worship, above? Oh, yes… I did.
We had Mass in the Church of San Marco before visiting the cells painted by Beato Angelico.
Here is what is called the pulpit of Savonarola. I think that’s a little optimistic.
Wow. It takes my breath every time I see it.
And then there’s this guy.
And there are these things. Pasta stuffed with pear. The sauce is from taleggio, with a little truffle.
These things were dressed in saffron, porcini mushrooms and sausage.
There might have been bistecca alla fiorentina more than once.
And so it is off to Venice today. Every one is having a good time and they’ve had some edifying experiences.