Sunday rolled round and suddenly it was time to down
tools and take the autostrada north…..
…..Because the good Lord said so…..
…..Well, the bit about downing tools, at least
Cresting the hill, Firenze hove into sight
It is not hard to see why so many, for so many years
have wanted to possess her
First stop after a long drive was a pit stop at Procacci
This extraordinary spot (sosta) specialises in little
black truffle rolls (panini tartufati) and fine wines
And it should know what it’s doing since it’s been at it
since 1885 ! ! ! ! !
Check it out…..
Oh, and Procacci is owned by one of Italy’s greatest wine
The wine actually was all that !
So with G-man suitably refreshed it was off for a little culture
He walked round the corner and strode into…..
…..Chiesa di Orsanmichele…..
…..and his jaw dropped open !
…..his heart skipped a beat !
This Gothic Italian masterpiece can’t be described…..
…..or appreciated in a photograph…..
Break open the piggy bank !
Rob your granny !
Max out the credit card !
Just get there and marvel
It is a hit parade of the great Renaissance sculptors
You will also have the pleasure of witnessing how some
lucky Italians make their (well-pensioned) livings…..
…..because lurking in the pews is…..
…..GINO ! ! ! ! !
Gino speaks very good Italian (unsurprisingly)
…..and TWO OTHER words in all the other languages in
…..Which is uses in a deafening (and heavily accented)
and thunderous bellow every couples of minutes
…..NO FLASH ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
This munchkin gets £27000 a year to say
…..200 times a day
…..And he doesn’t even bother to get out of the pew
Some of us had to work for a living !
…..Present company excluded ! ! ! ! !
…..The G-man was a professional thief in his former life !
Then to Il Duomo…..the cathedral
It is crowned by what is still the largest stone and brick
built dome in the history of the world
…..It was constructed 600 years ago
…..And nobody can work out all the details of how Pippo
Brunelleschi dunnit ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Finally, when all the foreplay has run its course…..
…..Drive up to Piazzale Michelangelo where you can look
out over Florence from a hilltop (Florence is in a bowl
surrounded by the Tuscan hills)
There you will see one of mankinds greatest manmade vistas
NO…..not the Manhattan skyline
NO…..not Paris seen from Montmartre
Florence…..flooded by the evening light looking as though
heaven has an anteroom on earth
How was that for a hot date ? ? ? ? ?