Borgo San Lorenzo, near Florence, part 2

A couple days ago I posted part 1 on the lovely little village of Borgo San Lorenzo, not far from Florence. I still have a lot to share!

Below, the pretty town park, with its monument to the fallen dead of WWI.

The Borgo still has parts of its 13th century city walls:

Every town needs a pleasure cafe, doesn’t it?

Miscellaneous sights:

The building below is the commune’s library. I wonder if it also serves as a town hall, based upon all the commemorative plaques:

Below, a few shots of some interesting architecture and details:

Next I arrived at the Pieve di San Lorenzo, the parish church.

Above is the church’s baptismal font:

When I am in these old churches, I almost always spot something unique about them, or at least something I’ve not encountered anywhere previously. The next few pictures above and below show little boxes set in the wall in which a parishioner could insert money for a specific cause: one seems to be having to do with purgatory and the other is dedicated to necessities that the parish church needed.

Outside the church, on the right side of the facade, sits this incredible tabernacle dedicated to St. Francis. It has coats of arms of a lot of famous Tuscan families all around it, as well as images of more faithful dogs and primitive but delightful birds listening to St. Francis preach. The ceramics in this gorgeous work of art speak to the sign I saw near the Borgo’s train station, saying that this town is the town of ceramics.

The picture above shows a ceramic plaque that speaks to a “Liberty Itinerary” which is tied up with the town’s history with ceramic art. As I mentioned above, I’ll discuss this in a future post.

And, finally, some shots to close out this post. I am always interested to see how the fabric of the walls of buildings are formed. So often there are traces of prior buildings, which the Italians, ever aware of their incredible history, are wont to save. The next photos tells this story in the Borgo.

I loved my brief visit to the Mugello and will go again soon! Hopefully this Covid scourge will be under control within the next few months, with the vaccine becoming more widely used. Speriamo! There is so much to see and do in Italia!

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