Today, we were a group of nine, three of us being eight years or fewer in age, pushing our way through the St. Stephen's Day crowds on a prolonged walking visit of the city. We passed through Campo S. Stefano, partially for convenience and partially in honor of the day - no going in the church, since we were such a motley crowd. Campo S. Marco was looking good, especially since the scaffolding on the left side of the basilica was removed only a week ago. The marble was luminously blue-white in the evening's shadows and fluorescent lights. In the Calle Large XXII Marzo, a musician played music from The Nutcracker on the glass harmonica, the notes as crystalline as the glasses from which they rang. On the Rialto, an Albanian choir sang French Christmas carols.
With my medievalist/history of science hat on, the most exciting gifts I received were copies of Alexander Neckham's De naturis rerum and Al-Fragani's Il ‘Libro dell’aggregazione delle stelle’, both from La Finestra editrice. Most of the other gifts I received are less condusive to helping me with research, with the possible exception of a nice selection of chocolates - including windmill-shaped ones.