AM at the Medici Chapel; PM in Oltrarno
Aug 15, 1996
Aug 26, 1996
Wendy decided that she wanted to see some of the sights I had seen alone the previous year so we started at the Medici Chapel, designed by Michelangelo, with many sculptures by him including his famous Night and Day and Dawn and Dusk. The so called "New Sacristy" is a magnificent marbled building which includes the tombs of lesser known Medicis, and also the tombs of Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Guiliano, who was slain in the Cathedral during the Pazzi Conspiracy of 1478. Wendy loved this beautiful sight. My journal indicates that we again ate near the Duomo, so there must have been a place I just cannot remember was very appealing to us. We then crossed the river, spent some time in the Piazza Santo Spirito (which neither of us thought much of), in the church, designed by Bruneleschi, and wound up at our favorite restaurant in Oltrarno, La Sagrestia, where we had a nice dinner, but had gelato back at the place near the hotel. Not sure why we avoided Vivoli (the best gelato in the world), except that I recall it might have been closed for the month of August. Our last day in Florence, our 27th anniversary, we sat for a while in the back garden for the last time of this extraordinary trip.