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Firenze – a Once capital city…

Firenze, once the capital city for a newly unified Italy, now a SWARMING tourist attraction…

After learning that Peter Lang and/or Jim Dart could be charged a 50-100 euro fine for being a non-licensed tour guide, we had a discussion about Alberti’s Santa Novella’s Facade design.  Based on the golden section and being completely proportional, the facade was some of the beginnings of the Renaissance where these guiding proportioning systems and play with different styles and orders would start.

The next stop after the inability to get into Santa Lorenzo, we all made our way into the Laurentian library, so praised for by architectural historicists (might not be completely factual, but Prof. Esperdy really took time to explain this library in detail).  And well praised it is. The entrance feels ill-properly scaled, yet the almost explosion into the library portion is quite astonishing and very eye capturing.

The next portion of our trip would be Santa Croce and also the Pazzi chapel, an early design in Brunelleschi’s architectural career.  Additionally, Santa Croce houses both Michelangelo and Galileo, two of the most influential people in the times of the Renaissance.

and to end this post, I also got to see something breath taking and something that was downright insulting in terms of architecture.  The marvelous view was at the top of Piazza de Michelangelo. The view speaks for itself, and so does this failure in architecture.