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

  1. A group of young adults singing an impromptu hymn inside the Duomo – Santa Maria della Fiore
  2. Being reunited with pistaccio, bacio and nocciolo gelato!
  3. Prosecco at sunset on the rooftop bar of the Hotel Continentale
  4. Santo Spirito, lit up at night, fully reflected on the black glass water of the Arno
  5. Il Santo Bevitore and Olio & Convivium in Oltrarno, restaurants that provided two of the best meals I have eaten in a long time.
  6. Enoteche (wine bars) where a person can dine and drink alone and not be considered an oddity.
  7. Cafe Giacosa Cavalli – my favorite place for a morning coffee and pastry and for observing the local Florentines.
  8. Cafe Florian chocolates. I ate a few of them as my lunch on the train to Bologna (not kidding)!
  9. Lisa Clifford, an Australian author living in Florence, treated me to a lovely aperativo in Oltrarno.
  10. 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?

Reflections of the Ponte Vecchio

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  1. Your photographs bring back so many of my own memories of Florence. It’s one of my favorite places – everything is so beautiful. Better still, it has the cozy feeling of a small town.

    May your list of amazing adventures grow even longer! 🙂

    Today, I am grateful for freshly baked bread and the arrival of much needed rain.

  2. Giacosa is my favourite cafe in Florence too. I was there on Monday. I know Lisa through a mutual friend and we had coffee together at the Giacosa a while ago.

  3. Its been along time since I was last in Florence but this pic brings back lovely memories. Hope you are enjoying yourself. Say Hi to Francis Plumpton at the book fair in Bologna if you find a kiwi connection….:-)

  4. What a beautiful picture of you Julie and I love that all your gratitude points have Italian in them, have yourself a wonderful and relaxing trip 🙂

  5. Oh my…I can feel your every move. It’s just what my daughter and I did when she took me to Florence. did the “guy” that poured your wine, have a little drink too. That cracked me up when we were there!
    What a dream trip.

  6. Julie Siegel Falatko

    What I’m grateful for this week is that I picked my toddler up off the rug before she barfed. And that my hair was tied back. (Really. I was filled with extreme gratitude that I didn’t have to clean it up off the rug.)

    Which also just proves that Julie H and Julie F are leading much different lives this week.

  7. Lovely photo of you! I’m thankful we can enjoy Florence with you through the internet!

  8. I’m grateful that planning for Girl’s Weekend 2012 is underway. It may not be Florence, but it should be fun.

  9. You had me at nocciolo gelato….sigh!

  10. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. Love the photos. You look wonderful and relaxed. Enjoy every moment!

  11. What a dream you are living…lots to be grateful for! I’m thankful for this gorgeous 75 degree day in Chicago. It may not last, but it’s a blessing for today. Enjoy the remainder of your time in Italy!

  12. Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time 🙂

  13. #7 sounds wonderful. I bet the coffee and atmosphere were fantastic!

  14. I am grateful that I live and work in this beautiful city – and every single time I go to Florence I am shown an new aspect of its rich and delightful personality.

  15. i’m grateful for this post! it’s bringing me back to my last trip to italy, and how wonderful life can be when you travel. enjoy every moment (and go to the galileo museum if you have a chance!).

  16. Wow, Julie, Thanks for those GREAT quotes! And great picture of you — you look mah-velous!! Things are starting to bud in our yard here…I’m grateful today is the first day of spring!!

  17. Ciao Bella…Thanks for this!

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