In no particular order

That quality called ‘fiorentinità‘ (and Florence is the only Italian town whose name naturally turns into a substantive denoting an abstract quality) means taste and fine workmanship, as ‘Paris’ does in France. The world knows it in shoes, umbrellas, handbags, jewellry, trousseau linens and firms of Ferragamo, Gucci, Beucellati, Emilia Bellini, with the seats on Tia Tornabuoni and Via della Vigna Nuova and branches in Rome, Milan, New York, awaken faint reminiscences of the old banking firms of the Peruzzi, the Bardi, the Pazzi. Fiorentinità is made by the Florentine workman in his coverall and by those firms of spinster sisters like the Sorelle Materassi of Aldo Palezzeschi’s novel with their big maid called Niobe. It if is synonymous with civilization and refinement, it cannot be separated fro the poor and their way of talking, thinking and seeing, which is always realistic and equalizing… Florence today is a city of craftsmen, farmers, and professors, and every Florentine has something in him of each of these. In a sense, there is no class of unskilled workers, for every occupation is treated as a skill, with its own refinement, dignity, and status…

Mary McCarthy, The Stones of Florence.

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Brunellschi, outside the Duomo

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The Courtyard of San Lorenzo

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San Lorenzo interior

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Santa Maria del Fiore

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The Duomo and the Baptistry

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Piazza della Signoria, with the Palazzo Vecchio

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Palazzo Vecchio (about 6 am)

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Perspective loveliness (about 6 am)

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The Ponte Vecchio (about 6:15 am)

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The Arno, from the Ponte Vecchio, looking toward the rising sun, just before dawn.

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The Arno, looking west, just before dawn

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2 minutes until sunrise

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SS Annunziata

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il Divino’s staircase at the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

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Students drawing in the Piazza Della Signoria

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Studio visit + drawing workshop with Andrea Ponsi

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Firenze from the Duomo

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The Duomo

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The Duomo from the Palazzo Vecchio Torre

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The Boboli Gardens

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Palazzo Pitti

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Palazzo Pitti

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Arnolfo di Cambio, outside the Duomo (on the other side of a doorway from Brunelleschi)

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David

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