The people of Florence have a kindness and gentleness to them that is remarkable. In a city so inundated with tourists, you would think that patience would be hard to find. But I’ve seen fruit sellers help clueless sightseers find the Duomo, police women hug and joke with school children, and bicyclists stoically steer around rubberneckers who step directly in front of them.
Most of all, the Florentines have a sense of humor … both subtle and overt!
I first realized this when we were taking a shortcut through an ancient alley. I happened to glance up and there was an alcove with an elegant bust holding her nose – a droll commentary on what used to go on here.
Next came the tiny electric cars that can be parked almost anywhere – so sensible in a congested city like Florence and designed with a signature Italian flare and sense of fun.
Florence is known worldwide for its stunning light fixtures and chandeliers, but this one made of bike wheels may be my fave.
And anyone knows that Italy is renowned for high-end fashion. As we were walking down a street lined with Gucci and Armani I spied this dress made entirely of newspaper and magazine pages. Love it!
Even Louis Vuitton’s classic bags took a whimsical turn!