Wednesday, 9:12 pm
Ciao again : )
It appears that we’ve just dropped another week, so we are now officially down to 30 days left in Florence. And, because we only have four class days before Rome and will have only 19 total days after, this means that it is already time to start panicking about what is left on the Florence to-do list and deciding what places/things are worth a final re-visit. It is inexpressibly weird to be thinking like this.
It has only just occurred to me, for example, that at some point in the near future I will not be walking past the comforting orange-and-white mass of the Duomo every day. Guys, there will be a *last time* I see the Duomo.
I’m sure that by the end I’ll feel like I should emote a little about all this, but let’s skip it for now and give the brief update for this week. Which is as follows:
- Yesterday, went for the first time to Santa Maria Novella, that church right next to the station that I’ve seen almost every single day I’ve been here. Got a story about how people managed to ‘lose’ hugely valuable artworks by forgetting how they’d rearranged the furniture. Got another story about how they’d put on sacred plays for special feast days, and would hoist people up to the ceiling and then swing them down the aisle so they could have a ‘descending angel’. Spent about 20% of the remaining class time wondering what it would be like to zipline in a basilica.
- Then, today, another ‘first’ when my literature class took us inside Palazzo Vecchio. This place is a massive, massive fortress/palace that has been the ‘town hall’ since the medieval period, and some crazy stuff (as in violent crazy stuff) went down here, but suffice to say that it is a huge and important building and I’d only ever seen it from the outside.
- As we’ve discussed multiple times in class, the outside is not exactly pretty, because it was really only there to be sternly intimidating in the face of invaders/angry mobs. The inside, though, is all about diplomacy, which means that it’s still trying to intimidate but is now just trying overwhelm with opulence: i.e., there are paintings in there that may literally have more square footage than my house. But of course I can’t show you that, because Florentine museum attendants insist that all the cool places are camera-shy. *Sigh,* no foto.
- Tomorrow, just have to give an oral presentation at Casa Buonarroti (the Michelangelo museum), take an Italian quiz in the afternoon, and go to drawing. Work in the library Friday, meet up with a couple friends sometime over the weekend, prepare for the Italian final, start fourth-to-last week.