Daily Update: Friday, May 20, 2016
Florence has been such a whirlwind that it's taken three blogs post to tell you about everything!
On our tour, we were able to visit a pair of Medici family locations: their personal chapel and Pitti Palace. It was an unbelievable moment. The Medici's were prominently known for being bankers, as well as creating a political and royal dynasty.
The Medici’s Chapel is located at the Basilica of San Lorenzo, where Michelangelo had a hand in the design of the sacristy inside of the church. The Medici family purchased the Palazzo Pitti, also known as the Pitti Palace, in 1549. It sits on the south side of the Arno River, which was only a short walk from Ponte Vecchio. The trip was well worth it.
Italy is home to some of the most creative and influential individuals in our early history. Though you typically think of names such as Michelangelo and Donatello for their contributions to the arts, you must not forget Galileo for his contributions to astronomy, physics, and philosophy.
Our group was able to visit Galileo's final resting place, where he is buried in the wall of Basilica di Santa Croce, not upstairs with the rest of the graves. His wall grave is in a quiet lower corner of the church where they moved him for concern for his body.
We were also able to view Rossini, Machiavelli, and Michelangelo's graves. Dante's grave is technically an honorarium because he had been exiled and died in Ravenna, which kept his remains.
Basilica di Santa Croce has a total of 19 funeral monuments inside of it, making it well worth the trip to see all of these amazing individuals at their final resting locations.
Our next stop on the tour is to Pisa and Assisi. We can’t wait!!