February 25, 2001
Inside, the grey limestone is rather cold and severe looking at first glance. Take a second and gaze up to view the dark wooden ships-keel ceiling above.
The crypt below the main altar has the typical Italian $ 500L lightbox that illuminates the frescos beyond. ( * hey, as a sidenote...if you have room in your suitcase for a small flashlight, bring it with....because this " illumination problem" occurs in every single church.)
The importance of these fresco's is that it is a landscape of Fiesole and Florence done in the 15th century and reflects what the hills and towns looked like back then. Kind of neat to identify the buildings and other landmarks that still stand today!
The other frescos of interest are located on the right side of the central altar closest to it ( farthest from the door). The bright blue painted ceiling contains shiny gold painted stars that umbrella over the space where GOD sits in quiet conversation with Jesus to his right. What struck me was the casual body language...as if they had settled down for a nice fatherly-son talk about the days events! One crypt contains a beautiful carved relief in white marble showing a very beautiful young Mary with a fat baby Jesus playing with little cherubs.
It is free to enter here from 9-12 and 3-6 unless the church is being used for religious events.
From journal Dove Porta Questa Strada ( where does this Rd. lead?