Special Moments in Florence

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I feel like I use the word magical so often, but this was one of those magical days in Florence.  One of those days when nothing much was planned but it ends up becoming a day that you will remember for years to come.

We started out with the intention of visiting the Duomo, only to find out it didn’t open for another hour.  We were prepared to wait in the long lines of tourists to get inside the church to see the famous dome.  So with an hour to kill, we walked around the surrounding area to see the artist stands and more architecture.  From a distance I noticed people walking into the Duomo from a side entrance and decided to check it out.  Once I got closer I could hear the organ inside and instantly I was drawn to go inside as well.  I hung back for a moment observing, while Jon & the girls came over with me.  All the Italians were walking past two guards and allowed into the church.  I looked at everyone and said, “Do you want to go in, I think it is service.”  I didn’t get much of a response, so I put my camera in my purse, put my sunglasses on & walked with purpose, completely ignoring the guards, acting as if I did this everyday and went in without a single glance.

Walking into the cool church I realized service was just beginning, crossed myself with the holy water and made my way to a seat in the back.  Jon, Kristen & Mer also came in and we settled in for a full service in Italian.  Listening to an entire service in Italian was music to my soul.  I loved the language before, but hearing the liturgy in Italian is incredibly special.  Italian is so beautiful, because even in everyday speech, it sounds like they are singing.  We were even able to respond and follow the service in Italian because it was so similar to the Lutheran service.  By the end, Jon and I were so emotional and were in awe that we were able to have the experience of a full Italian Mass.

The dome

The dome in the Duomo

The Duomo of Firenze

The Duomo of Firenze

We ended up finishing the day with watching the sunset over Florence from Piazza Michelangelo.  The views of the city are well worth all the steps and steep hills you have to climb to get there.  We brought a picnic dinner, complete with a champagne bottle.  Although we didn’t have any glasses, so we just passed the bottle around.  The funny part was, how no one seemed to think that was odd and others were doing the same thing…who needs glasses anyways!?!  It was by far the best evening of the trip with my girlfriends.  I wish I had the picture of all of us, but Meredith made this great picture collage.

Sunset over Florence

Sunset over Florence

Piazza Michelangelo for sunset, is definitely a must do on your trip to Florence…magic…just magic!

Sunset over Florence

Sunset over Florence

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