October 2, 2018
My 175th consecutive daily posting.
Time is 5.37.
Boston’s temperature will be 66 and it will rain some of the time.
Travel: to Tuscany
Think of Tuscany, think of Florence.
Uncomfortable, narrow sidewalks.
And Vivoli gelato..
Vivoli Gelateria, located in the historic center of Florence, a few steps from Santa Croce, near to the main historical monuments of the city.
Since 1930 the same family creates and produces home-made ice creams with high quality ingredients and with a lot of passion handed down to the 4th generation.
In addition to the historic shop, since 2013 Vivoli® has opened two ice cream parlors in the United States, one in New York and the other one in Orlando.
Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany.
It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 383,084 inhabitants in 2013, and over 1,520,000 in its metropolitan area.
Florence was a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of that era.
It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages".
A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family and numerous religious and republican revolutions.
From 1865 to 1871 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.
The Florentine dialect forms the base of Standard Italian and it became the language of culture throughout Italy due to the prestige of the masterpieces by Dante Alighieri, Petrarch, Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolò Machiavelli and Francesco Guicciardini.
The city attracts millions of tourists each year, and the Historic Centre of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments.
The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics.
Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Florence is an important city in Italian fashion, being ranked in the top 15 fashion capitals of the world; furthermore, it is a major national economic centre, as well as a tourist and industrial hub. In 2008, the city had the 17th highest average income in Italy.
In analyzing the trip I know I must spend at least three nights in Florence to take in its essence.
”Under the Tuscan Sun” is a 2003 American romantic comedy drama film written, produced, and directed by Audrey Wells and starring Diane Lane.
Based on Frances Mayes' 1996 memoir of the same name, the film is about a recently divorced writer who buys a villa in Tuscany on a whim, hoping it will lead to a change in her life.
The film was nominated for the Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award, and Diane Lane received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance.
I’m finally getting myself together.
Am improving the blog.
Still a ways to go but getting there.
Good day, my friends.