We quickly found our way and walked to the Cathedral of St. Zeno of Verona.
Pistoia Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Pistoia or Cattedrale di San Zeno) is the main religious building of Pistoia, Tuscany, central Italy, located in the Piazza del Duomo in the centre of the city. It is the seat of the Bishop of Pistoia and is dedicated to Saint Zeno of Verona.
Most probably built in the 10th century, it has a façade in Romanesque style, inspired by other churches in Pistoia (San Bartolomeo and San Jacopo). The interior has a nave and two side-aisles, with a presbytery and crypt. A restoration in 1952-1999 returned the church to its original lines.
I lit candles once again for all my friends struggling with health issues.
Our travels led us to an incredible Farmer's Market. Purple Artichokes and really red strawberries. Too bad we didn't have a way to prepare and enjoy all this fresh food.
We all ordered Lasagna and focaccia bread at Vecchio Praga. The lasagna had several layers of very thin pasta and was held together by a Bechamel Sauce, with a little cheese melted in. We savored the wonderful flavors and realized we Americans have changed this dish by adding meat and thick pasta.
All the shops, even the market, closed at 1 PM so we wandered around until we found a great museum and this one was free because we were all over 60, except the youngster in our group, Toni.
The waitstaff set beautiful tables for our farewell dinner
One final picture with our lovely tour manager, Claudia
Phil and Marilyn Irvine
My lovely traveling companions, Paula, Cindy, and Toni
The festive atmosphere led to a lot of good bye hugs, sharing of Email addresses, and even a little dancing. A young man entertained us with familiar songs via Karaoke. We met many nice people from Texas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, California, and Texas. Paula and I were a bit smug because we could sleep in tomorrow when all the others had to get up at 3:00 AM in order to make all the connections for the plane ride back to the U.S. Tomorrow we are going to Rome!