Last Day in Italy

Thursday, Sept. 10. Today is our last day In Italy and so, facing all day traveling tomorrow, we decided to take it easier.

The morning started with a visit to the Bargello Museum, a collection of Renaissance art in a building that was both palace and jail. The art was captivating, but as attractive was the setting. The building has been restored along with frescoes and ornaments; a great way to round out our trip.

Bargello Museum. Florence, Italy.

Our Lady of Mercy. Bargello Museum. Florence, Italy.

Courtyard of the Bargello Museum. Florence, Italy.

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After our encounter with the Santo Volto in the cathedral in Lucca, the crucifix that was miraculously completed by angels, we had to visit Santissima Anunziata which has a miraculous image of Mary. Again, the story goes that an artist, overwhelmed by painting the face of Mary, prayed for divine inspiration and went to bed, only to find the image completed when he awoke. The image is hard to see in the photos below.

Santissima Anunziata. Shrine. Florence, Italy.

Santissima Anunziata. Florence, Italy. (image at far right)

In the evening we joined the New Jerusalem community for vespers and Mass. We had encountered this community in Paris. Their vespers are wonderfully chanted and the spirit among the community is palpable. A very moving end to our time away. Tomorrow we meet the taxi to go to the airport at 4:15am.

New Jerusalem community. Florence, Italy.