Fishing on the Arno.


See that line of parked cars along the south bank of the River Arno?  I was walking along the Lungarno on Sunday morning, very early, to beat the heat.  I was amazed to see this long line of cars only because down by the river there was a matching row of fishermen!



At least for every car, there was one fisher person.  They were seated on platforms along the Arno, with really long poles.  I have no idea what fish they catch, but it must be worthwhile.

Fishing in the city!

Living atop Florence!

You may look at the photo below and think, that’s not the best shot of Giotto’s Campanile that she’s posted recently.


And you’d be right!  It isn’t!  But, what I’m trying to focus on is the terra cotta chimney topper on the chimney in the middle of the picture.  See it?


This thing.  I’m talking about this chimney topper of 3 upside down V’s.

What I’ve noticed about living up high above historic Florence is that there are all manner of interesting and artistic chimney toppers.  I love looking at them.

For example, there’s also this one:


I know, you’re probably looking at the Duomo dome.  But I’m focusing right now on this thing:


It’s another cool terra cotta chimney topper and it looks like a little Roman temple!

Then there’s this:


I’m sure that by now your eye is trained and you can focus right on the chimney topper.  This one looks like a little barn with a rolled top.

I’ve yet to see any two chimney toppers alike!



I mean, just look at all the types in any one view!  It’s rather amazing.


And then I start noticing how people up at this level like to decorate their terraces.  Check out the line of matching ceramic pots in the picture above.  See them?


There.  You got it!




A beggar and a man of god.

In the staggering heat of today (90+ degrees F.), two people are overdressed for the weather.  One is a beggar and the other a Franciscan monk.


As I watched this encounter take place between the two of them, I wondered: will the man of god give money to the beggar?  Or, is he as poor as she?



He did not give her money, but I caught the encouragement and gentleness he shared with her.  A passing moment of beauty.

And P.S., neither of them seem bothered by today’s heat. :-))

Sapere il galateo



In an effort to correct his fellow countrymens’ manners, Giovanni della Casa (1503– 56) wrote an influential treatise in 1555 called Il Galateo. In it, he prescribed good manners and proper deportment— not just in royal or courtly circumstances, but also in everyday situations. The work of this Miss Manners of Renaissance Rome survives in the Italian phrase sapere il galateo. Translated as “to know the Galateo,” it describes someone with impeccable manners.

Nickerson, Angela K. (2008-03-01). A Journey Into Michelangelo’s Rome (ArtPlace) (Kindle Locations 143-146). Roaring Forties Press. Kindle Edition.