Buona sera lettori! (Good evening!)
This weekend absolutely flew by. I can’t believe it’s Sunday night already (and I haven’t really gotten anywhere with the book I was supposed to read).
Here’s a brief update of our Saturday trip to Ravenna:
The town is super tiny, but full of these churches and tombs decorated with beautiful (and old) Byzantine style mosaics. The workmanship is amazing. I studied some of the works in Art History at Skidmore but seeing them in person is a whole ‘nother story. I’ve included some at the end of this post, but the pictures don’t do them justice. The last photo is of Dante’s tomb, which is also in Ravenna. I loved seeing that and hearing the history. Apparently Dante’s bones were moved every so often by the Monks who lived next to to the tomb. The first time was so people from Firenze couldn’t find the bones to take back with them and the second was during WWII so the bones wouldn’t be destroyed. Poor Dante hasn’t had much time to rest in the afterlife!
After our morning whirlwind church tour, we grabbed some much needed lunch and walked around the city for a bit. It’s a lot more quiet than Bologna, not to mention smaller. There seem to be more pedestrian areas, which are quaint and quiet. I would absolutely recommend going to see the mosaics at least, because it takes your breath away to see each tiny little piece of glass. I can’t imagine having to do all that work. It’s just amazing.
Alright, well, back to work. Or rather, time to start!