Florence, Italy – a weekend in September 2020

Bridges over the Arno River, Florence – September 2020

I did not think this trip would happen.

A weekend in Italy? A wedding in a country brought to its knees in agony by Covid-19 only months earlier? Surely not.

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Fiesole and Ristorante I’Polpa – perfect retreats from crowded Florence

View down the hillside below Fiesole

View down the hillside below Fiesole

Fiesole, with green space and Tuscan villas, is on a hill a few miles outside Florence.   Calm and straight-forward it lets the mind breathe again after the density of its famous neighbour.

We visited Fiesole with an art student from the city below.  For six months she had been immersed in statues, drawings and all the glories of Florence, but when we met her what she longed for … was grass.

In Fiesole we found it.

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Florence – too bella for its own good


Detail from the Duomo

Looking over the crowds – a detail from the Duomo, Florence in Italy

“Caravaggio, Caravaggio …”

Of course we hurried.  This was the troublesome young artist so famed in Naples.  Long dead we thought so why here in Florence.

“Caravaggio!”  The male voice was raised, impatient.

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