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Among the most interesting sacred buildings in Tuscany is the Basilica of Our Lady of Humility. The beautiful sixty meters high dome is the work of Giorgio Vasari from the 16th century. The church has an octagonal plan and is preceded by a beautiful vestibule,...More
On holiday with three teenagers can be an ordeal. The only time they are likely to be silent is when they eat or have a screen in front their faces.
Or... when you walk into Basilica della Madonna dell’Umità. At least, this happened to us....More
Pistoia, formerly an autonomous municipality, soon lost (since the beginning of the 14th century) its independence, because the great nearby city of Florence; so the splendor of its medieval architecture contrasts with the shortage of Renaissance architectures: into the Renaissance period (15th century and after)...More
the first miracle happened when the Madonna on the fresco on the wall cried (tears were seen to have come out of her eyes, like in Medjugorie these days). The second miracle is that the tears didn't run straight down, but made a bend in...More
If you are in Pistoia this is worth a visit. The entrance looks very modest but inside it is a bit like the Medici chapel in Florence. It is a large, octagonal basilica-the third largest in the world according to our guide at the cathedral...More