|The Neptune fountain, Piazza Signoria, Firenze|
Arriving in Firenze brings with it a sense of "coming home." I've visited the city often and spent nearly half a year living here off and on, so I know it well. This time I'm staying in the Sant'Annunziata quarter, not far from Piazza D'Azeglio, my favorite park. It's one of the few parks in the centro storico, and this year they've spruced it up with new benches, trimmed hedges and mowed grassy areas. Everything is still lush and green, and the park is well-used by children, teenagers and adults.
|Piazza D'Azeglio, Firenze|
|my bright room in Firenze|
|the Duomo and Campanile in the clouds|
|Piazza Sant'Annunziata, Fiera delle Ceramiche|
|My favorite Florentine ceramic artist, Paola Staccioli|
|A colorful ceramics display|
|Some whimsical creations|
To be honest, my first weekend in Florence was low key, a way to recuperate after a week of endless activity in Paris and Torino. Besides, I'd caught a cold in transition from France to Italy. Soon enough I'll be off to Siena for more adventure!