If you haven’t noticed…my main form of update is my photos. However, I will write a few things here and there to let you know where I’ve been and what interesting things have been happening to me whilst I’m here.
Last weekend, I went to Assisi and Ravenna to visit each of the cities’ treasures. Needless to say, Assisi was by far and away the more beautiful of the two places as a town and Ravenna housed two of the most awesome medieval mosaics Italy ever saw: those of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora. While in Assisi, I had the chance to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, that houses the remains of St. Francis…we assume, and chow down on some incredible food (lasagna bianca, no tomato sauce, with ricotta, truffle oil, mushrooms and garlic…I died). I also bought a leather purse (that I ADORE) at a family owned leather shop where you saw the little nonno working away at the leather in the back of the store. Assisi is located in Umbria, a gorgeous countryside that is very close to Tuscany.
Ravenna, although a little of a disappointment with regard to the shopping opportunities, was home to some of the mosaics I have studied so often but never thought I’d ever get to see. On the bus ride there, we were give the short summary on the history of Ravenna and its importance in the Western Roman Empire. All those migratory groups came in around the 5th century and ransacked Western Italy…and then Justinian took it all back. We also heard on the bus ride that the shopping in Ravenna was going to be fantastic and that we should totally get on our shopping…well, the mosaics in the Baptistries and churches (woah…) made it pretty clear that those buildings were among the most important in all of Ravenna…but walking from place to place practically hurt due to the damp cold! And by the time we were done looking at the works of art (which, admittedly, is what I am here in Italy to do) all of the shops were closed for the afternoon and no fabulous shopping could be done! Early Christian art has saved me a lot of money…I saw so many things I wanted to look at in the windows…but anyhow, the trips were beautiful and coming back from Ravenna we passed through the mountains at sunset which was such a spectacular sight to behold.
Now, I’m bound for Vinci, Pietrassanta and Carrara on Friday to check out some Leonardo da Vinci sights and climb some serious marble. Then, bright and early on Saturday morning, I’m off to see my mom in London for the weekend (and part of the week…hehe…) and potentially get that hamburger I’ve been craving for the last few days…nah, I’ll probably be disappointed.
A pieu tardi!
Cheers - Adriana