If you’ve ever been to Italy, there’s a good chance that you’ve been to Florence. This Tuscan gem draws millions of visitors every year to its gothic-striped duomo and Renaissance piazzas. It’s a short train ride from Rome, and though I don’t get there as often as I’d like, I try to pop up for a weekend every now and then.
A few years ago I took a last-minute trip for a few days in September. I brought my pup Aria with me and we spent our time strolling around, admiring pretty views, and taking in the abundant public art. It was pretty crowded when we were there, full of tourists and American students, which made for some good people-watching. Here are some photographs from our little sojourn, taken with my iPhone, back when I was in my square format phase.
Fountain of Neptune in Piazza della Signoria.
Carriage horses in Piazza della Signoria
The church of Santa Maria Novella.
Lunchtime outside All’Antico Vinaio, a famous sandwich shop on Via dei Neri.
A souvenir shop and a well-worn door.
Piazza di San Firenze.
Aria and street art by Blub, whose work popped up around Florence circa January 2014. This project is known as “L’arte sa nuotare,” or “Art Knows How to Swim.” See more of Blub’s work on Instagram: @lartesanuotare. (Aria wears a bandage on her foot because she cut it on some broken glass while playing at a park in Rome. I’m happy to say she made a full recovery.)
Via del Corso. After I took this photo I sat down at the enoteca for a glass of wine, and wound up having a pleasant chat about art with the couple sitting there.
A crowded afternoon outside the Uffizzi Gallery.
An installation of enormous spoons by contemporary artist Simone D’Auria. Titled “I Eat Earth,” the artist created them using recycled plastic spoons. Gallery Art Hotel commissioned the piece to coincide with the 2015 Expo Milano.
A Florentine alleyway.
Pretty touches of green outside an artisanal boutique.
A paper goods shop.