Famous 19th-century Americans in Florence: Horatio Greenough, sculptor


From the book by Clara Louise Dentler: Screen Shot 2018-08-15 at 3.30.23 PM


Where Greenough lived, worked, or exhibited in Florence:

  1. in a villa a mile out of Florence, thought to be opposite the Collegio della Querce on Via Piazzola
  2. he built a beautiful octagonal studio for the exhibition of his works at the corner of Piazza della Liberta’ (then called Piazza Maria Antonietta) and Via Santa Caterina
  3. places he lived include Casa le Blanc on Costa San GiorgioPalazzo Pucci-Baciocchi on Via de’ Pucci; and the popular Villa Brichieri.



How the Germans left Florence in August 1944

Firenze,  3 agosto 1944

All the bridges in Florence over the Arno, except for the Ponte Vecchio, were destroyed by Germans as the Allied Forces took Florence. While they didn’t destroy the Ponte Vecchio, they bombed the north and south ends of the bridge, destroying everything.





Un ufficiale Inglese osserva i danni sul Ponte Vecchio.  An English officer observes the damages wrought by German forces as they were driven out of Florence.

È finita la guerra
La resa della Germania all’America, all’Inghilterra,alla Russia
Mostra il Corriere.




Looking for a light-hearted movie set in drop-dead beautiful Italy?

That was exactly my goal recently, longing to go back, even just for a couple of hours, to a simpler time when better men were President of the USA and the world seemed full of possibilities.

That’s a lot to ask of a film, but I found one when I stumbled upon It Started in Naples. Starring Clark Gable and Sophia Loren, and set in gorgeous southern Italy, what could be better?


Gable is perfect for his role in the movie and Loren is, well, Loren.  Thanks to the advancement of women that has happened in the past 60 years, the silly woman Loren plays is a thing of the past.  I must admit I cringed a few times with the actions and words required for her part.





I am able to overlook those weaknesses for the chance to travel, vicariously, to Naples and environs.  The child actor steals the show, as does the scenery.