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While Florence is filled with elaborate Renaissance cathedrals, palaces and squares, it also has surprising amount of graffiti, street art and run down areas.
The historic Convent of St. Ursula, a gutted nondescript building on the street corner of Via Guelfa and Via S. Orsola, is thought to be the resting place of Lisa Gherardini, the woman believed to be the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Archaeologists found bones underneath the convent in 2011 which are currently undergoing DNA testing to determine if they actually belong to Gherardini.
While this could be a huge discovery for the art world and Florentine history, today the only reason you’d give the old convent a second look is the fact that it’s covered in paper bank notes – perhaps a comment about where money should be spent to restore local treasures?