Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Boboli Gardens, once a private playground of the powerful Medicis
Back in the Boboli gardens we walked through the cypress trees ending up at a beautiful lagoon with a huge island of lemon trees in plant pots. We meandered our way past the back of the Pitti Palace to the exit passing a grotto with wonderful gargoyles with their mouths filled with moss and spewing water.
After lunch we made our way to the church of Santa Croce, built in the 1200s. The church houses the tombs of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Marconi, Galileo and Rossini. There is a memorial to Dante but his sarcophagus is empty. Beautiful frescoes decorate the church and there is a magnificent crucifix by Donatello.
In the evening we stopped at a local bistro for a simple pizza with cheese, tomatoes and basil accompanied by a glass of prosecco. Once again we ended our day walking past the Duomo ending up the vast Piazza de Republica, where we enjoyed listening in as an opera singer sang well known Italian songs at one of the restaurants. Everyone in the square gave him huge applause. What a lovely way to end an Italian evening.