No Mona Lisa for Italy

The French Minister of Culture has denied a request by the Italian Committee for Culture and Heritage to loan the Mona Lisa (in the Musee du Louvre, Paris) to Florence for a centennial exhibit.  Hmmm….

I am curious as to what people think of this denial. Do you think they should have considered the request?




Michelangelo’s grocery list….

Very fun find this morning – via

In this image from the Casa Buonarroti (his former residence in Florence) we have a grocery list he wrote complete with illustrations (bread, fish, wine etc.)


Walking Dante’s Florence….

Duomo in FlorenceWhile I was in Italy in June I managed to walk throughout most of Florence (I was there for 3 weeks). I believe I saw most of the places they mention in the article although somehow I missed Santa Felicita – not sure why!  Guess I will have to plan another trip and read Dante’s Inferno this time.