Prospective’ s Tricks & Deceptions
Perhaps not everyone knows that in a city like Florence there are unknown yet curious views worth stopping for! Here, we show you three places which you really shouldn’t miss.
1) The itinerary starts from Borgo All Saints, near the Lungarno. At the civic number 12 there is a large balcony that if you look closely enough it appears to be built upside-down. Indeed it is. It is said that around 1530, the developer, a duke of the De Medici family, originally did not want to build a balcony on this building he owned, but the architect in charge of the construction insisted so much that the Duke, to get rid of him and to tease him a bit as well, said to the architect “build it in reverse.” The architect took him at his word and there you go!
2) Heading towards Goldoni Square and the Lungarno Corsini walking along the river, we first observe the S.Trinita Bridge on our right. Continuing always on the Lungarno Acciaioli, we find the Ponte Vecchio always on our right and if we keep on walking further down we reach Lungarno Diaz. Here, next to the Ponte alle Grazie, we turn left on Via De’ Benci and we come to the beautiful Piazza S. Croce. The Church S. Croce is beautiful, perhaps the most beautiful of Florence but if we turn to our right while facing the Church, we can see a building a bit weird that looks like a conglomerate of several buildings built over the centuries. It’s called the “Palazzo dell’Antella”. What’s so strange about this Palace? If you observe the windows of the facade, we realize that the space between them is not equal and decreases more and more towards the church. This was done to make it look like the largest palace in perspective, similar to what you do with the little houses of the nativity that are increasingly smaller to give the appearance of depth.
3) Our journey continues into via Giuseppe Verdi, arriving in Piazza Salvemini, then via Sant’Egidio, turning right on Via Dei Servi and arriving in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, not far from the Cathedral. Here at the center of the square, stands the equestrian statue of Ferdinando I de’ Medici by Giambologna, erected in 1600. The monument stands on a marble pedestal with a plaque that reproduces several bees in a circle and at the center the queen bee. The circles of the bees appear to be concentric, indeed they are, but to count how many bees are in total is not at all easy! Seeing is believing. The bee symbol represents the hard work of the Florentine.
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This small Tour lasts, walking leisurely, approximately two hours so in the end you might be hungry. Here, some tips on where to stop to eat well along the way:
Area Borgo Ognissanti:
Il Latini – cucina toscana :Via dei Palchetti, 6R,50123 Firenze
Buca Mario – cucina toscana: Piazza degli Ottaviani, 16r,50123 Firenze
Area Santa Croce
Osteria La Vinaina: Via dell’Agnolo, 48,50122 Firenze
Pizzeria Il Pizzaiuolo – pizza napoletana a Firenze: Via dè Macci, 113,50122 Firenze
Divina pizza – pizza a taglio buona a pranzo: via Borgo Allegri, 50r,50122 Firenze
Trattoria Il Giova: Borgo la Croce, 73R,50121 Firenze
Itinerary and Photos by Alessandro Giannini & Tania Lommi of Scattovisuale by Alessandro Giannini
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