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Eric: Fiesole

June 8, 2010

Today was a regular day. We had class this morning, discussing our projects, previous excursions, and weekend adventures. Running out of groceries, I went to the market to get fruits and vegetables. Every time I go to a new place, I go through this phase where I have trouble buying food from the local market, since I keep thinking that stuff there is too expensive compared to wherever I lived before. Well, to be honest, stuff in Florence is more expensive in general, but I did manage to start buying food that I feel is reasonable at a European price. Lunch today was a sandwich from a local shop that included ham, tomato, lettuce, sun-dried tomatos, black olives, ricotta cheese, and pesto sauce.

In the afternoon we went to Fiesole, a town very close to Florence founded by the Etruscans (remember these people from history textbooks?). Today the town has very well-preserved remains of the Etruscan civilization. The town is also a lot higher than the city of Florence, and we found ourselves looking at this panoramic view of Firenze.

The town itself only took 20 minutes to get to using Florence’s city bus. After climbing to the top of a hill to see the view, we went to the Civic/Archeological Museum, where a whole Roman theater and a museum could be found. As my professor pointed out, the Romans were very good at picking locations for their theaters, which usually have a nice view behind the performance area (if the performance is bad, at least the view is still decent).

The museum, though not very large, contained quite a few pots, many of them looked like those in the Disney movie Hercules. There was also a set of skeletons that supposedly belong to a man who lived sometime near 100 A.D. It was quite impressive how they could even estimate the height of the person when he’s alive using only the size of some of his bones.

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