Friday, August 5, 2016

Italy Blog #36: Florence: Santa Croce's Famous Dead: Part 3

Morconi's Tomb
Today in our Italy blog #36, we'll introduce you one more famous dead person buried in the Basilica of Santa Croche, Florence, Italy. There were a LOT of them but after a while, your head starts spinning and you can't remember who is there. Today you'll see the famous Marconi's tomb and learn about him.
  The reason that he's the only one highlighted in this blog is because I (Rob) worked in radio for about 20 years part time, and he had a LOT to do with that (there's your hint). 
  You also have to be conscious of where you step, too, because much of the floor is marble inlay that signify other tombs (and people are buried under them!). 

WHO WAS MARCONI? Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi was born April 25, 1874 and died July 20, 1937). He was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy."
Guglielmo Marconi

Marconi was an entrepreneur, businessman, and founder of The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company in the United Kingdom in 1897 (which became the Marconi Company). He succeeded in making a commercial success of radio by innovating and building on the work of previous experimenters and physicists. In 1929, the King of Italy ennobled Marconi as a Marchese (Marquis).

WHAT WAS MARCONI'S LAW? - Marconi's law is the relation between height of antennas and maximum signaling distance of radio transmissions. Guglielmo Marconi enunciated at one time an empirical law that, for simple vertical sending and receiving antennas of equal height, the maximum working telegraphic distance varied as the square of the height of the antenna.

floor tombstones. Credit:
WATCH THE FLOOR!  Much of the floor "tile" were actually marble slabs that marked burial places of people. Each marble slab had inscriptions on them. Several of them were so worn out from visitors walking over them, that they were roped off. 

FAST FACT: During the great flood of 1966, the water level INSIDE the Basilica got as high as 10 feet! 

NEXT: The Chemists at Santa Maria Novela

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next