Photos don't do the Duomo justice. It is truly awesome. I never use that word.
We three got back to the apartment in time to greet the slightly refreshed new arrivals. Several were familiar faces from previous workshops I had taught, and several knew each other, so it was a bit of a homecoming to see old friends. By the time this workshop is over, we will all know each other well.
Debra and Ivano had a friend, Mariano, prepare appetizers for us -- prosciutto, fresh tomatoes in pesto, sheep cheese to dip into acacia honey. Ivano brought in boxes of pizzas, we had wine, a celebratory toast of champagne, a piece of some sort of sinful cheesecake, and Debra gave us a little guidance about what to expect the next 10 days. By then several people were looking very sleepy--they had just crossed the ocean, so we all dispersed to our different rooms and apartments in this building.
Tomorrow we go on a tour. Sunday is a free day. Monday my workshop begins.