Last wednesday, my graphic design teacher took us to the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte…and “monte” is right, assuming it means mountain! We had to practically carabine up the stairs. My teacher flat refused to carry me no matter how many times I assured him I’d give him my first born. He didn’t seem to think it would come out “altogether”. But enough Rumpelstiltskin jokes: Basilica of San Miniato.
The basilica is a sacred, Romanesque building of legend. The legend includes an Armenian prince, Minias, who was ultimately beheaded. Afterwards, he picked up his head and walked to the Basilica. Again, legend. And again, MOUNTAIN (or at least it felt like it).
The basilica has a HUGE graveyard in the back, where Carlo Collodi, the author of Pinocchio is buried under a pseudonym, among others. There’s also a garden/graveyard thing in the front, which was pretty as well. The inside was amazing as well, but we were there to view the patterns (which were EVERYWHERE) for our fist project, which involves Brian De Palma’s film Obsession, which also takes place (for a good portion) in Florence and at the Basilica.
So, it was a great field trip, overall, and it was hilarious while climbing to the church, so I couldn’t feel too affronted at that, either.