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Report 1316: European Travel Back When - 1964

By Marian from New Jersey, Summer 1995

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Page 11 of 20: So Much Art, So Much Food, So Much Fun!

More museums! Today, the Pitti Palace, which has an amazing collection of art. There are so many masterpieces just piled on top of each other along the walls. And the shame of it is that there is no lighting. I also visit the Museo dell'Arte Moderno, which I find to be even worse than the National Portrait Gallery in London.

It's hot, so lunch and a siesta, after which J and I head for the Medici Chapels. The Cappella dei Principe is one of the most spectacular sights I've ever seen. It's a gigantic octagonal room with a high, high frescoed dome, all in marble design! Unfortunately, we see this chapel before we see the Michelangelo sculptures. So, while the sculptures still look beautiful to me, I am a little numb from the spectacular chapels.

In between all this art, I do find some time for shopping. I buy two pair of short black leather gloves (about $2 each) and a scarf for my flatmate Linda (under $4).

In the evening, we set out for a restaurant called "Cri-cri", but end up going to Le Petit Bois in Fiesole with two Italian boys, Mauro and Marino. Marino doesn't speak any English, but apparently my Italian has developed sufficiently that I am able to navigate my way through a conversation. Mauro is a medical student in Perugia (I think) and Marino is his old friend from Florence. They are fun to be with, and we plan to meet them at our hotel tomorrow afternoon and then go swimming.

But first, more art. We visit the Accademia and see, among other works, Michelangelo's "David." It's a very impressive work, but no more so than the unfinished Pieta, which is also there.

Next, swimming again at the Bella Riva with Mauro and Marino. Marino and I do very well in Italian; it seems that if I just put Italian endings on French words, and speak them with the proper accent, I do fine. And I have little trouble understanding spoken Italian, at least the version here in Florence.

After a lovely afternoon, we arrange that the four of us will go out again tomorrow evening. For this evening, J and I have tickets for a concert in the Pitti Palace Courtyard. The concert is quite good, especially the translated Bach and the Jupiter Symphony. To top off the evening, the "boys" surprise us by picking us up afterward.

Somehow, it's already July 3rd and my very last day in Florence. So J and I visit the Biblioteca Laurentiana and return to the Cappella Medici. This chapel is still amazing to my eyes. In the evening, we go to Piazzale Michelangelo with Mauro and Marino. What a beautiful place! What a wonderful view! What a beautiful city! What a lovely evening!

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