Great Video Series – The Essential Guide to Italy – Lectures 25 & 26

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Saturday, Oct 1, 2016, 4:00 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Lecture 25 – The Ognissanti, Palaces, Parks, and Villas

We begin this lecture in the Piazza Carlo Goldoni, near the statue of the great Venetian playwright for whom it is named. This dedication to a Venetian was a calculated act by the city of Florence to highlight its new role as the capital of a united Italy. It was sculpted in 1873 by Ulisse Cambi. From the piazza we’ll walk along the Borgo Ognissanti, once an important means of entry into the city. We’ll spend some time in the monastery complex of the Ognissanti, admiring works by Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, and others, before we explore the Cascine and Arcetri, both of which offer a respite from the crowds of Florence in the tourist season.

Lecture 26 – Romantic Views: San Miniato and Fiesole

San Miniato al Monte is one of Italy’s most beautiful Romanesque churches. It can be seen from various parts of Florence because it sits upon one of the highest points of the perimeter of hills that surrounds the city. In this lecture, we’ll learn the history of this church, which served as a strategic defensive point for the republic during the siege of Florence by the Medici in 1529-1530. We’ll also survey views of Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo before we head to our last stop around Florence, the ancient town of Fiesolel.


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