Florence, Italy


Florence, or Firenza as they say, is a required stop for any newbie traveling Italy.  It is big on the museum side with the Uffizi Gallery, among many, and one certainly needs to see the most famous sculpture in the world, Michelangelo’s David.  This iconic statue has had a hard life. When first unveiled it was greeted with jeering, rock throwing and general disapproval.  Later, during some riot in the 1500’s a bench was tossed at David which broke the left arm in three places.  Still later a crazed, jealous artist smashed the toe with a hammer.  It was also greatly damaged by a museum cleaning with hydrochloric acid.  The statue sat outside in the elements for over a hundred years.  David stands proudly today in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, alone in a large open room built just for it.
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Typical Florence – Ten Characteristics Revealed

Typical FlorenceThis photo reveals so much about Florence!  It is often my goal to find that scene which can convey the most about the character of the town or place I am visiting.  This is one of my favorite photos for that reason.  Here is part of what this photo shows:

1)  The addresses can tell the informed traveler this is Florence.  The numbering starts over for each street, which is often quite short.   So there will be lots of apartments with the number 1 or numbers less than 10.  Businesses have a different number sequence than residences.  Here the business address 14 is in red and the residential address is a blue number 6.  The business address would be written 14r which tells the Florentine person it is a rosso or red address.  The foreigner can mistakenly think this is an r for residential which is normally a black number, but is blue here.  The numbering system does not even follow the simple rule of odd on one side of the street and even on the other.   The distinction between what is a residence and what is a business is not always clear, such as searching for a bed and breakfast place which is a residence run as a business.  Fed-X has their work cut out for them.
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