Il Duomo, Florence
I was , of course, familiar with Florence in some way from reading the 1908 novel by English writer E. M. Forster and I had seen the 1985 film adaption too. My experience would certainly equall that in time, but my first introduction was not that version from the novel and film, but one of Vespa's zipping up and down the street with hardly a sidewalk to navigate my luggage with. The numbers on the streets were an incongruous sequence without any organization. I managed to find my hotel eventually, only having passed it once, then going back and zeroing in so to speak. A small Albergo (family hotel) you would hardly notice that was there on passing. It was recommended to me by some Italian friends who had stayed there previously. The propritoress did not speak english, but I managed to communicate who I was and reference to my friends who stayed there previously.
She seemed to understand. Her young assistant showed up shortly after and spoke some English to interpret for me. Yes, indeed, the proprietress had understood me! It wasn't the most fancy of rooms (see my review of Hotel Albergo Mirella), but adequate enough and quite central for my liking.
Giotto's Campinele, Florence
I covered a fair amount in Florence during my stay here - including the Galleria degli Uffizi, Galleria dell'Accademia, Museo del Bargello, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Basicilica di Santa Croce, Giardino di Boboli, Duomo & Campinele, and of course, Ponte Vecchio. Some lesser known places include Museo Galileo, Museo di Storia Naturale di Firenze (La Specola), and wandering some across the Arno River where people don't often venture.
It is true what they say of Florence and one can feel a touch of what has come to be known as the 'so-called' Stendhal Syndrome here. It is that feeling of being dizzy and light-headed maybe, suddenly stricken with a saturation of art and beauty that one is overcome by it. It is given a strange scientific name too (hyperkulturemia), but generally known to those who visit Florence simply as Stendhal Syndrome. It is not so much documented scientifically, but I see some basis for it in my experience. Florence can be an overwhelming place to take in too much at once - I may have over done it a bit myself! Here is my roll of film from 1998 (in 24 exposures). I'm actually getting better at enhancing the scanned images of my photograps for a more realistic look of the actual experience. It's been trial and error going along here in my blog, but hope the improvement in quality is recognizable.
Piazza della Signoria, Florence
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Small Pensione in center of Florence
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