Self Is Learning New Things Every Day! Today, at the Palazzo Vecchio

Self has seen a lot of museums in just three short days in Florence.

This morning, she found her way to the Palazzo Vecchio. Well, it’s not as if she had any actual destination in mind this morning. She simply pointed her steps toward the Dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore and, armed with her Firenze Card (Irene’s idea, of course. Thank God for Irene!), she stopped at:

  • the Cathedral of San Lorenzo (the oldest church in Florence, consecrated by St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, in 393)
  • the Palazzo Vecchio

She paid 5 euros for an audio tour at the Palazzo, and boy, was it ever worth it.

Before entering the Museum proper, she wandered around in the lobby, noticed posters for a conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of the death of Monsignor Luigi Giussani and, out of sheer nosiness, asked a woman wearing a name tag who Monsignor Giussani was. The woman told self that the Monsignor was a highly respected teacher and member of the Church, whose writings were very influential.

She also gave self a brochure about the man.

Self began to read the brochure, and she found the man’s teachings exceedingly interesting. Here’s an excerpt from a section called LIVE REALITY INTENSELY.

“There is an experience, hidden yet implied, of that arcane, mysterious presence to be found within the opening of the eye, within the attraction reawakened by things, within the beauty of things, within an amazement, full of gratitude, comfort, and hope — how can this complex, yet simple, this enormously rich experience of the human heart — which is the heart of the human person — how can it become vivid? How can it become powerful?”

Self loves that he used the word “vivid” to describe the intense experience of reality.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Treat 4: Still More Florence!

It was another beautiful day. Self explored the church of San Lorenzo, Florence’s first cathedral (consecrated in 393 by St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan) and the magnificent Palazzo Vecchio, on the Piazza della Signoria.

The Monument to Cosimo de Medici in the Piazza della Signoria

The Monument to Cosimo de Medici in the Piazza della Signoria

The dome of Santa Maria del Fiore was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Self took this picture from the second floor of the Palazzo Vecchio.

The dome of Santa Maria del Fiore was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Self took this picture from the second floor of the Palazzo Vecchio.

View from the Arnolfo Tower in the Palazzo Vecchio

View from the Arnolfo Tower in the Palazzo Vecchio

The weather forecast was for rain, but not a drop fell.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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