It was good to see one of the city's artisans in action this morning at the fresh food markets of Sant'Ambrogio! Totally absorbed in his work, he was a welcome reminder that artisans are still active here and as proud as ever of their work, many still working in traditional ways, while others have modernised their crafts to suit more contemporary tastes. Florence's artisan culture is a rich one, based on centuries of traditions and skills with apprentices learning from their
Named after it's architect, the Vasari Corridor was commissioned in 1565 by Cosimo de' Medici to celebrate the wedding of his son Francesco I with Joanna of Austria. The 1km passageway, started in March 1565, was finished in just 5 months on time for the wedding celebrated on December 16th. Why so important? Well, this elevated route enabled the Medici to move freely and safely (above and away from the masses) between their residence in Palazzo Pitti and government headquarte
The luxury of time saw a quick run turn into a leisurely two hour exploration of unexplored back streets up in the hills above Florence. Leaves have begun to turn, gathering in gutters, and the glorious Autumnal light is bathing olive groves and reflecting warm pale yellow or rose hues from painted walls. I do believe this is my favourite time of year - Florence has never looked so beautiful.
The joy of the new FAA school being a little out of town is that I am gifted a front row seat to the changing seasons while cycling to and from along the Arno. Mother Nature never disappoints - especially this time of year. Simply glorious.