As mentioned earlier, it has been hot, close to 90° today, but the church is beautiful. The main train station is called Santa Maria Novella as it’s very close by, and Simone gave a great historical overview of the church, its interior, architects, and artists. One major fresco was an early approach to perspective while most of the paintings and frescos are flat without perspective. The reason this fresco has survived so long is that a tomb had been placed in front of it for centuries and it was finally uncovered. He noted that the train station was bombed during WWII and the stained-glass windows at the back of the altar are all replacements.
I was drinking water but feeling hot and parched and chose to leave our tour and take a taxi back to the apartment – good decision. I sat and read for a while, enjoying the air conditioning, finally got it in gear to put in a wash, and now I’m simply sitting at my desk and writing this. Ah!
Photos Santa Maria Novella: https://photos.app.goo.gl/J75WU5j3Nm9umwSN6