The tour continues, moving a few metres to the Church of San Marco. The last church of the day. This time however, you will be exploring a love story which lasts for over 500 years. Don’t be misled by the façade again. The interior is a splendid triumph of gold in clear contrast with the strict lines of the neoclassical exterior. Admire the works of art on display in the basilica and then you will find the commemorative plaque about love. It is the story of Pico della Mirandola and Girolamo Benivieni. Their love story is sealed in the Latin inscription:
Here lies Giovanni Mirandola, also known as il Tago, il Gange and maybe even Antipodi.
He died in 1494, lived for 32 years.
Girolamo Benivieni arranged to be buried in the earth below, so that after death the separation of places does not separate the bones of those whose spirits in love joined in Love.
He died in 1542, lived for 89 years and 6 months
The two were lovers, Pico died young while Girolamo died 50 years later. But loyal to his love he kept his promise and was buried with him, so that they could be together forever. Leave a flower for the two lovers and go towards the Uffizi.