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Report 679: A Student in Florence

By colleenk from MA, Spring 2004

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Page 9 of 16: Transported by Ava Maria

photo by Colleen K.

Clouds over Florence

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Tuesday, after a full day of classes, I toured the San Lorenzo Church, (another beautiful Italian church - what's new?), had a lovely lunch at Trattoria Za Za, went wine shopping at Casa del Vino, leather glove shopping at Madova, and scooped out Max Mira (green, yellow and beige seemed to be in fashion). No wonder I wasn’t able to keep up with my blog! But the evening was even more special. I had a lovely wine tasting experience with my friend Camilla from school at Le volpi e l’uva (Nobile Montepulciano and Brunello); that with a plate of Italian cheeses, assorted salamis and crostinis made a terrific light meal.

Dopo (or next as they say in Italian), we had the extraordinary pleasure of listening to a tenor and organist perform a selection of classical music in the beautiful candlelit setting of Chiesa Maria de Ricci on Via del Corso. The highlight was his rendition of Ave Maria. I have heard better renditions of the Ave Maria in my lifetime but never in such a historical, intimate setting. It was an extraordinary experience and one of the many awe-inspiring moments I have had in this amazing city of Florence.

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