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Tomorrow a first visit to the complex of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence is scheduled. The meeting will be at 3 pm in San Giovanni Square, right in front of the Caffé Scudieri. The visit will last 3 hours, as we are going to enter the crypt dedicated to Santa Reparata, the romanesque Baptistery of Saint John, Santa Maria del Fiore’s and the new museum.
The crypt underneath the duomo is the most ancient thing we will see: it corresponds to the early christian church dedicated to Santa Reparata. The choice of this saint is due to an historical event: on the 8th of October (day traditionally dedicated to this greek saint) 405 the florentine Romans could resist againist the attack of a barbaric population. In order to thank the saint for the help she had given them, the Floretines decided to move the title of cathedral church from the ancient San Lorenzo’s (previuosly consacrated by saint Ambrose) to the new church.
One of the most interesting work on show in the crypt is the mosaic floor, decorated with a number of christian symbols. Beside them you can clearly read the names of those patrons who gave money for making the pavement: they payed for it and, sofar, they wanted to be remembered forever!
Free entry to museums every first sunday in Italy
Italian state museums will be open for free on the first sunday of every month, the Italian Minister for Culture Dario Franceschini decided on July 6th 2014.
The decision includes 420 state museums all over the country and is part of a move to boost museum visits.
Week-end events in Florence will start on Thursday 16th May with the opening of Artigianato e Palazzo (Arts and Crafts and Palace) in the Palazzo Corsini Garden (entrance from via della Scala 115).