This morning we walked over to a real Florentine neighborhood around San Ambrogio market. The fruit, vegetable, and flower stalls were beautiful, especially the artichokes (carciofi) and the fennel bulbs (finnocchio).
We saw the tombs of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Machiavelli, and Galileo, but only the honorary memorial to Dante. As Caroline and I learned, he was exiled from his beloved Florence to Ravenna, where his body rests. We went out into the courtyard and entered La Capella di Pazzi, the famous Renaissance chapel by Brunelleschi , who also designed the Duomo. Della Robbia ceramic medallions decorated the interior as well as this exterior courtyard dome.
Earlier, I went into a shop to look for a purse. It was lovely but molto costoso: 330 Euros. I told him I’d think about it. He lowered the price. I told him I’d think about it, not intending to bargain. He lowered the price. I ended up walking out of the shop con una borsa nuova e bella per solo 150 Euros. Thanks, Mom! Melissa bought some beautiful 18 karat gold, they call it oro giallo– yellow gold– medallion earrings with the symbol of Florence, the fleur de lis or Fiorentina. On the back side is an imprint of the patron saint of Florence, San Giovanni, or St. John the Baptist (di Battista).
The Florence Lions Club erected this sign outside our tower home.