My friend Karen had mentioned the wonderful public library, Biblioteca delle Oblate in the heart of Florence on her American in Italy blog but I had forgotten about it until I came upon it right next door to the desecrated museum spot. Newly renovated, spectacular views of the Duomo, and a welcoming sign inviting us into open stacks, internet access, quiet rooms for reading and writing, a children’s section, a museum, a café, and the International Tribune.
So here I am, living my life in Florence, enjoying my library. To paraphrase Thich Nhat Hahn, Wherever I go here I am; or Horace, Carpe Diem, or Eckhart Tolle, the present moment is all you ever have.
P.S. I just read that the library was inaugurated in March 2007. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is planning to take over space of the Museo di Firenze com’era. All part of the same convent. I feel less disappointed already.