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December 12, 2009

Here’s one of the many places in Florence you come upon and gasp: Santa Croce–Holy Cross–a Gothic masterpiece that holds inside the glorious tombs of Italy’s superstars: Michelangelo, Gallileo, Machiavelli, etc…

Stepping inside is a more peaceful experience than visiting the Duomo–it’s less crowded, you can take a seat, have quiet time to absorb your surroundings.

Such incredible surroundings with masterpieces by Giotto and this stunning Annunciation by Donatello:

  And out the doors are the cloisters, an escape from the hub-bub of Florence, created by the Franciscan monks, followers of Saint Francis, that genuis whose philosphy was to live simply…

On your way out, to the left, don’t miss the statue of Florence Nightingale, who was born here and named for the city:

There’s stalls of leather everywhere in the neighborhood. The most refined, sublime place to shop is the Scuola del Cuoio  (School of Leather) that’s tucked in the back of Santa Croce, in what was once the monk’s lodgings. You can stop by and see artisans at work, get custom-fit for a coat by one of the family members who has run this place for over 50 years, or even take a class in leather-making, like I did…

And then of course…where do we eat? I love Osteria de’Benci, Via de’ Benci 11-13/r, 055/2344923, Closed Sun.

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