The streets of Florence are not as confusing as those in Venice. No up and down steps on bridges ad nauseam and no abrupt dead ends–still, because streets do not run in straight lines, it is easy to get turned around in Florence. Today, the rains stopped and the sun came out to blue skies and the temperature was fantastic. Kathy and I went strolling about.
Our street Vigna Nuovo is a shopping street. Right down from our apartment entrance are Gucci, Cartier, Chopard, Bulgari and the like. Mont Blanc and Visconti compete with each other and are practically side by side and next door to us and various Italian fashion stores are peppered along the street that leads to a big archway into a major piazza that stands between the Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery. We have walked this street many times, but today we went the other way that leads to a bridge over the Arno River and the Oltrarno District of Florence. Just before the bridge our street joins several other streets. Kathy and I basically made a u-turn onto the first street to intersect with ours. We had not walked this way before. We found ourselves in the antique district. Stores sold vintage clothing, antique furniture and accessories, porcelain and lighting. Kathy was intrigued with an Italian made to order wedding gown and event clothing shop. They displayed the magazine photos of famous people wearing the clothes made there. As we walked, modern Italian design shops appeared. Anyone building new or remodeling would have a fun time getting ideas in these shops. Before we knew it, the Santa Maria Nouvella Square and Church stood before us. We turned to the right and walked a street leading to the Duomo. We could see its massive dome towering over the buildings as we walked. It was a relaxing, enjoyable jaunt that brought us to familiar territory once again. We saw the archway that led to our street and our apartment. WEG