City of Art ~ Firenze, Italy.
No, not a priceless work of art found in one of the city's many museums - merely a decorative bust found on the mantlepiece in the lounge of our Florence hotel.
Still, I don't doubt the authenticity of the patina of age on this sculpture - I'm sure it would have many a story to tell of its own history, and how it came to rest where I found it as we prepared to face our first full day in Firenze.
For anyone with an interest in Florentine history, and Florentine art history in particular, I just this evening finished reading the historical novel, The Birth of Venus, by Sarah Dunant. It brings to life in vivid detail what life in Renaissance Florence would have been like, while weaving together an intricately detailed and mysterious fictional narrative entwined with historical fact. As someone who is already enamoured with the rich sense of history that envelopes one on a visit to Florence, this book brought me that much closer to experiencing life in the city as it was 500 years ago.
Loved it - thanks to sabine's fotos for the rec! :)