We took a bus to the top of Fiesole, the mountain
overlooking the magnificent valley. We visited the Franciscan monastery from the
15th century. We saw the small cells that the monks lived in and I prayed in the
chapel. The view was amazing as I saw the whole city in one panorama. The
spiritual feeling, however, was more powerful.
We then visited an Etruscan archaeological site. This site would
have been very underwhelming, however, Professor Megan Holmes, a Ph.D. on the subject,
gave lectures regarding all of the exhibits. I was overwhelmed at seeing all of the
temples, baths, and, most of all, the theatre. Overall, it made for a great tour.
Rina cooked dinner which was good, but a little salty due to the
concentrated Italian salt which is more powerful than American salt. Today was the
day I really realized why I was here and it was great! The chance to see all of
these ruins and historical sites right in front of me is incomparable. I hope to
have many more days like today.