If you’re into photography then you will probably have heard the name Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Apparently yesterday was the most miserable day of the year.
I had hoped that Florence would be immune to January’s drizzly, grey charms…
… but sadly it is not.
The mists we had enjoyed watching roll in across the hills, soon surrounded the city. A thick, lumpy duvet of cloud lay over the rooftops and lazily dusted us in rain.
The weather gods occasionally took a break to yawn and go off for a cuppa now and then, leaving us to scuttle through the wet streets and enjoy the sites once more.
The best pizza is almost never found in fancy restaurants.
Forget white linen table cloths, silverware and extensive menus. If you want real, Italian pizza, you’ve gotta think small.
The tiny-hole-in-the-wall joints where you order at the counter and rip off slices with your fingers, that’s where you’ll find the really good stuff.
I have spent much of this week being continually blown away by Florence’s architecture.
Hiding around every corner seems to be a fresco covered, marble clad, brightly coloured, sculpture stuffed, reason for my jaw to hit the floor, my pointing finger immediately hovers upwards and I say “Ooohhhh, look at that!”
It is all just so impossibly beautiful.
But if I had to choose one to make a fuss of and show you around, it would have to be Il Duomo di Firenze; Florence’s Cathedral.
Not only is is stunningly beautiful, but with a little bit of hard work on your end, it’ll graciously treat you to one of the best views in the world.
When you were little, did you ever used to dream of being left in a department store after dark?
Left to roam the floors alone, roller skate along the aisles, twirl in ballgowns and bounce on all of the beds?
Who am I kidding “when you were little”?! I consider it a perfectly acceptable grown-up fantasy.
Ciao from Italy!
As you may have gathered (from Instagram), I am in Florence.
I’m here for a whole weekend of events thrown by the masters of Italian high fashion, and the first ever concept store, Luisaviaroma.