Italy recap: Day 9 (Il Duomo, Santa Croce)

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Monday 5:30 PM
OK, I’ll admit it – I’m starting to suffer from art fatigue. I feel bad thinking “Ho hum, another beautiful 15th century piece” or “Yup, there’s a majestic cathedral built 400 years ago; I wonder if there’s a cafe nearby?” (actually, that one doesn’t happen – there’s always a cafe nearby!) Breakfast at this hotel is quite good – nice selection of teas and delicious muesli cereal with low-fat milk (I’m really not used to whole milk). We walked to il Duomo, the giant dome on the church of Santa Maria del Fiore and looked inside but didn’t climb up the 200+ steps to get to the top.

Then we saw the Bargello museum which was decent – had some nice ivory pieces as well as some beautiful ceramic plates. (sadly, this was where art fatigue started to set in) After lunch we walked out to Santa Croce, a big cathedral with memorials to famous Florentinias, I’m guessing. Michaelangelo and Dante made sense, but I was surprised to see Galileo (I wonder if it was constructed after the church pardoned him?) and Macchiavelli(!).

On the way in, we saw a painting at an art stand that matched our living room nicely, but it turned out to be quite pricey. Oh well.

Did a lot of walking today so we’ve been reading and relaxing at the hotel – we’re out on the terrace right now.

Something happened to my Kindle and the screen doesn’t seem to work – not a big deal now as I can use my phone, but I’d really like to have it for the plane trips. Will do some research when I have WiFi later…

11:30 PM
Kindle’s fine, just needed to reset it. I may have been a little grumpy before, but – one thing I will never tire of is pizza/pasta for dinner and lingering at meals and reading because we have nowhere in particular to be. Good times!

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