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One week in Florence – a Photo Diary


This week has been flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants busy and I haven’t had a lot of free time to write as much as I would like. But pictures? Why, of course! – I live in Florence, Italy after all and inspiration crops up daily in various forms.

Today’s post –  a photo diary of shots taken via my phone this week. The above photo is from a park in front of a school in Porta Romana next  to the ancient walls. I am pretty sure it’s an art institute (high school so I heard) but I am not 100% certain. What I do know is that it really is a beautiful oasis on the outskirts of the walls of the city, besides the few creepers taking over a few of the benches.

Back again in Porta Romana and I could be that lady in the statue called ‘Dietrofront’ by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, I feel like it some days! Early morning traffic while she faces away from the center with a load of stone weighing her down.

2013-03-20 08.50.12Another morning, this time in one of the areas I always seem to be lately – Piazza Ferrucci. These steps “rampa dei bastioni” are absolutely stunning in a majestic kind of way – this runner had the right idea. I can’t lie, the theme song to ‘Rocky’ might have came to my mind for a moment.


Excuse the quality of the above photo – zoom on a Samsung Galaxy isn’t likely to produce a National Geographic quality shot anytime soon but I’m not going to complain. I wanted to kick that guy off his vespa and ride off into the hills myself, we all felt so lucky to have a sunny day after the torrential rains of Florence.


Wine tasting at Piazza del Vino with friends {Campo di Marte area of town} — this place is really nice and I highly recommend stopping by if you are a vino lover like myself or want and want to try really good wine pairings with your dinner.

Stopping for a coffee at Volume Bar in Piazza Santo Spirito – where hipsters of Florence congregate in skinny jeans, fringe vests and sarcastic banter for coffee, crepes and aperitivo at night. My caffe macchiato was 80 cents and that is something that this quasi-fiorentina appreciates – a decently priced cup of caffe!

Ok this was last week but, I really like this angle of Piazza Signoria. My first time at Gucci Museo Cafe and hopefully not my last. Beautiful inside, wi-fi internet, plus they serve you delicious cookies with your coffee. The polar opposite of Volume in Piazza Santo Spirito in terms of style and just what I love about living in Florence.

Just before you start thinking that life here is Candyland –  I really couldn’t leave it without this beautiful photo collage for you all


Since you all know how much I appreciate public transportation, this week was especially fruitful! I don’t know what was spiked in the cappuccini of the local bus drivers but they were insane this week. Driving so fast people were slid all over the bus, myself included.

I wished I was the Indian Goddess Kali with 24 arms to keep from falling off my seat. Plus I spotted another lovely shiny black puffy jacket, the best mullet this side of the mediterranean sea and a guy who decided to take a nap at 6pm at my bus stop. Lovely!

Have a great weekend to you all, who knows what will happen this weekend. You may just read a story in the news of me hijacking an ATAF bus and riding off into the sunset with all of the puffy jackets in Italy in my possession to throw in the Adriatic sea

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  1. D
    22.03.2013 at 12:19

    I was just at a tasting at P. del Vino (via Groupon!), that place is fantastic! I made note to definitely go for dinner. Gucci is another fave of mine. I like that it isn’t snooty at all and the service is so wonderful. 🙂 Good people.
    I never knew you could still find an .80 caffe in town. Good tip!

    1. ggnitaly84
      22.03.2013 at 12:24

      I wonder if we were at the same tasting, did you go on Wednesday night? I was there! I feel the same about Gucci, I wasn’t really sure WHAT to expect but they are super nice and its gorgeous inside.

      The price of a coffee in Italy is very telling, they say when lire was changed to euro that the price doubled overnight!

      1. D
        22.03.2013 at 15:35

        No, I was there Tuesday. ah well! The coffee story is interesting. Once upon a time near P. Alberti I would go to a bar where coffee cost 80 centesimi, then they raised it to 85, which I guess for them didn’t make sense because only a few weeks after that it shot to .90. lol. ard to find such places ‘these days’! Thanks again.

        1. ggnitaly84
          22.03.2013 at 15:48

          Could you hear anything? The wine was pretty good! I liked the first one the best! Maybe next time!

  2. D
    23.03.2013 at 12:08

    On Tuesday the guys mic was off the first 10 minutes. lol. But then we could hear. Tuesday was Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the second was Poliziano Le Stanze (Which I had never tried before!) I liked the first better, too. What wines were on for Wednesday? 🙂 I don’t know if it happened when you were there, but were people shhhhhushhhhing! others? lol

  3. Lewis
    24.03.2013 at 23:52

    wonderful captures