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everybody loves a good cemetery. and when akis and i are in the retirement home together, sipping our cocktails and watching the golden globes, we’ll talk about the day we saw dante, machiavelli, and a few other big guys in santa croce.

but if one gets a bit star-struck by the tombs, the rest is just as glorious. within the vast spaces of this basilica, you see the wealth and affluence of florentine families, the medicis having commissioned such an amazing, secluded, prestigious chapel that you cannot find any way to access it (literally). then ther’s the small exhibition on dante; the walk in the cloisters (primo and secondo); the museum gallery where works of art were ‘brought back to life’ following the 1966 flood; its all great fun.

boom.

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lets start with some donatello painting some annunciation.

just for kicks.

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and move on swiftly to machiavellian things…

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ooooh, nice porch thing.

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akis in a trance.

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i wanna say dante….

or galileo?!

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cannot remember in the slightest.

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‘cappella’s commissioned by local families.

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little side show of dante’s inferno

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cappella de’ pazzi

by brunelleschi

from the outside

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… and now from the inside.

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completely empty room, but a lot going on on the ceilings.

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rescued frescoes

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after the 1966 flood almost ruined them.

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amisha and i in primo cloister before heading out for gilli.

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santa croce basilica:

you can’t miss it.

 

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