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Sono in Firenze.

Forget the throngs. (Take San Gimignano and multiple by 1000.) And I donàt know why there is a need for a hundred different booths on the street selling the exact same belts, scarves, and T‑shirts. None of that matters. I was here 5 minutes, just walking to my hotel from the bus, and tears came to my eyes. And that has happened repeatedly all afternoon. The entire city is a museum. There wonàt be many photos, because I canàt take pictures of everything, and most of it has been photographed a zillion times. (Enough hyperbole yet?)

Firenze è molto bello.

The place Iàm staying is lovely, charming, and just steps from the Duomo–perfectly situated in the midst of everything. And I donàt think it was as hot today.

This afternoon I went to two museums, and thereàll be a lot more before my time here is over. Iàm so glad I did Siena first, since coming here from there is like coming out of the Middle Ages right into the Renaissance. And the museums I went to today had early Michelangelo and mature Michelangelo sculptures; Iàm saving the best for last: David on Sunday.

So Iàm at an Internet spot in the Oltrarno (thatàs the part of Firenze across the Arno from the main part). Iàm enjoying a walk I am eager to get back to, so Iàm going to cut this short. I donàt know if I will blog again in Firenze, but keep checking back. Monday I head to Lucca, and Wednesday to the Cinque Terre, so I am sure thereàll be more to share.

3 Responses

  1. Margot

    Ahh. Vicarious thrills. Thanks. Glad Firenze didn’t disappoint. It is incredible. One of my fondest memories ever–watching fireworks over the Arno from the Ponte Vecchio.

  2. Lane

    Thereàs actually a gelato place 3 blocks from my house. So I guess I donàt have to be homesick for Toscana when I am back in Seattle.

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