I had planned this morning to get up very early and go to queue up for the Uffizi Museum but I woke at 7:30 am so that was too late and there would have been large queues even by 8:30, I’ll do it perhaps in the next few days. Instead I decided to look at one of the seven Last Supper frescos which are in Florence. The one I chose was in the suburbs at the church of San Michele a San Salvi, painted by Andrea del Sarto in the early 1500s. Amazingly the museum was completely empty when I arrived at 10:30 am. It was free entrance and there wasn’t even any staff there but the door was open and I was able to walk in and enjoy the renaissance paintings and the del Sarto’s Last Supper fresco completely alone. As I left a museum staff member came out of a side door. Perhaps he was on his coffee break and could see me on CCTV.
Later I went downtown to see the Basilica Santa Croce which is the largest Franciscan church in the world and is the burial place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and Rossini. Giotto painted a number of frescos in the many chapels which it contains. It was started in 1294, consecrated in 1442 and had developments up to the 19th century when the front facade was completed.
Back at the apartment this evening, I’ve started reading a new novella: Partners by John Grisham. It’s a short story about a cheating lawyer. And my music backdrop is the excellent Spotify Playlist “Reading Soundtrack” which contains a lot of cinematic tracks including themes from Lord of the Rings and Interstellar.