The Gilded Portico

Via Farini and the neighboring streets and palazzi are where you head when you want to do some seriously high-end shopping in Bologna. Even if you can’t afford to do more than sniff some of the perfumes or carefully caress some of the clothing, you can always window shop. Best of all, you can feel a bit like royalty without even going inside the stores. … Continue reading The Gilded Portico

Odds & Ends at Santa Maria Novella

First off, for those who are religious, forgive me for being a bit irreverent. None of this is meant as mocking, just my silly sense of humor. They’re all odds and ends that I found interesting during my visit to Santa Maria Novella in Florence, but they don’t really fit in any one blog post. I do have other posts I’d love to write, but … Continue reading Odds & Ends at Santa Maria Novella

For the Love of Rustication

Just a few words on this Wednesday … I need to save the rest for my paying job. My love of rustication is long standing and still intense and I get a bit of a thrill when I see some good stuff. As I probably mentioned before, I’ve been known to give it a bit of a fondle in passing. So when I saw this … Continue reading For the Love of Rustication

Cloister Details of Santa Maria Novella

I have what feels like a million photos of Santa Maria Novella and don’t know what to do with them all. We easily spent at least two hours wandering around inside and out while we were in Florence the other week. There are some photos that deserve their own post, others could be grouped, but I don’t want to overwhelm with too many pictures at … Continue reading Cloister Details of Santa Maria Novella

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Variations on Florentine Architecture

It’s Monday. Let’s ease into the week with a simple photo comparison of architecture in Florence. I snapped both of these not far from each other, yet they cover various ends of the spectrum. One is grand and well-maintained, with strong rustication and a harmony of pilasters and windows. The other is more rustic and time-worn, yet with an undeniable beauty. Both are evocative backdrops … Continue reading Variations on Florentine Architecture

Giants Guarding the Door

Beware all ye who enter the Palazzo dei Bargellini. Two giants stand before you, guarding the entrance. Well, really they’re not so much guarding as having a bit of a pose-off. But they are huge! Obviously, these two figures stand out and when I saw a photo of them earlier this year, I knew I had to see them for myself. However, they became yet … Continue reading Giants Guarding the Door