April 08, 2004
florence trip ~ 7 april 2004

Yesterday, my sister was complaining that her chest hurt. After I drew an ABG, ordered a stat EKG, and stat cardiac enzymes, my parents and I left her to her with John and set out on our own. It had rained in the morning, but we were optimistic that there wouldn't be any further precipitation and set out in search of pizza. We crossed the Arno, and began our reconnaisance in earnest. A flanking maneuver on the south side of the Piazza della Signoria found us in the Pizzeria il David where we found ourselves next to a elderly, but hale English couple. Though the service was slow, we had a good Pizza Napoli and a Pizza with sausage. The crust was thin and crispy, the toppings minimalist, just enough to provide flavor, not overburden the crust.

In the meanwhile the sky lowered and we began to notice people hastily moving inside with us. It had started raining quite heavily, with a healthy breeze, and a significant drop in temperature. As we left il David, it grew heavier, and we had to take shelter in the Aringhiera in the piazza along with hundreds of other tourists, shivering as the breeze whipped through the square.

Finally, the deluge lifted a bit, and in these little lacunae in the day's tempest, we finally made our way to the Palazzo Pitti, the final headquarters of the Medici clan, and home to their enormous art collection. As I've mentioned the palazzo is a rusticated monstrosity. The artwork is arranged pretty much as the Medicis kept it, in other words, not in a curatorial or chronologic order. This makes it hard to properly appreciate its interspersed Filippo Lippis, Caravaggios, Titians, and Rubens, where the Uffizi makes the thematic progression up to the Renaissance, the Mannerist era, and on much clearer (more about that later).

I don't have any good pictures that properly convey the cold and the rain, but have this one of my mother exiting the Palazzo Pitti to blue, virtually immaculate skies:

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As we walked home, with the sun returned from his brief hiatus, there were these scenes along the street:

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Once we returned home, I found my sister and John in repose:

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