The monastery of S. Francesco,

Fiesole, Provincia di Firenze, Italy

A weekend in Florence to visit a friend. A city that never ranked as one of my favourites but I saw a different side to it this time. Staying in an apartment on the other side of the river, away from the year round hordes of tourists hoping to glance at David’s penis, sardining themselves onto the Ponte Vecchio, or just blocking your way on a narrow pavement whilst you desperately seek respite from the perpetual drizzle. Yes, tourists! Damn you!

The other side is much nicer, much more local. And home to the Boboli gardens and the Palazzo Pitti. We made it up to Fiesole, just outside the city, perched on a hill top. The views of Florence from there are simply breathtaking. And I happened upon this monastery. Serene and minding its holy business as any good ole monastery should. And home to quite a few dishy monks…

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