I know I said I wouldn’t be posting Gratitude Sundays until the end of the month, but how could I not after spending a week in Florence? My gratitude cup runneth over so much it might flood the Arno again. 😉 In celebration of all that is La Dolce Vita, in lieu of quotes on gratitude, this week I offer quotes from some of Italy’s most beloved poets. And yes, Michelangelo was also a poet.
Quotes from Italian poets
“Remember tonight… For it is the beginning of always.” — Dante Alighieri
“True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.” — Francesco Petrarch
“Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.” — Michelangelo.
“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” — Cesare Pavese
Gratitude list for the week ending March 17
- A group of young adults singing an impromptu hymn inside the Duomo – Santa Maria della Fiore
- Being reunited with pistaccio, bacio and nocciolo gelato!
- Prosecco at sunset on the rooftop bar of the Hotel Continentale
- Santo Spirito, lit up at night, fully reflected on the black glass water of the Arno
- Il Santo Bevitore and Olio & Convivium in Oltrarno, restaurants that provided two of the best meals I have eaten in a long time.
- Enoteche (wine bars) where a person can dine and drink alone and not be considered an oddity.
- Cafe Giacosa Cavalli – my favorite place for a morning coffee and pastry and for observing the local Florentines.
- Cafe Florian chocolates. I ate a few of them as my lunch on the train to Bologna (not kidding)!
- Lisa Clifford, an Australian author living in Florence, treated me to a lovely aperativo in Oltrarno.
- Walking along the Lungarno toward the Ponte Vecchio, under arches, with ripples of the river reflecting on the walls of the buildings opposite. It gave the feeling of walking through water. Beautiful.
What are you grateful for this week?