Note: I promised to move on to postings about our visit further south in Italy, but I can't leave our Florence stay without saying a few words about the churches.
|Crucifix by Giotto in Santa Maria Novella.|
For two people who are unaffiliated with any religious organization, we spend a lot of time in churches! But how can anyone remain unmoved at the construction of those magnificent historic buildings, let alone all the artwork inside? Some of the most peaceful and beautiful moments of our stay were spent exploring Florence's Duomo and the other churches, from San Miniato on the hill, where we heard monks chanting, to the artwork-filled Santa Maria Novella near the train station.
One of our favorite churches is Santa Croce, which we first visited in 1982. Our son, Aaron, then 12, played an impromptu game of soccer with some Italian kids in the piazza in front of the church on that visit. It was right after Italy won the World Cup, and we presented the "captain" of the team with a Seattle Sounders t-shirt.