Florentine landscapes and impressions
Within Florence | A visual diary by Paco Neumann
by Paco Neumann
3d ago
PHOTOS & SPANISH VERSION BELOW Some of my friends do not understand why I live in Florence, while others believe I tend to idealize it too much. The most surprised by my choice are Italians, including the Florentines themselves. To all, even me, the explanation resides within the words of the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, as written in the foreword of Impresiones y paisajes (Impressions and landscapes, 1918): «We ought always to understand by pouring our soul over things, by seeing the spiritual where it does not exist, by shaping all with the charm of emotions. When in solitary plac ..read more
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Florence: passion and enthusiasm
Within Florence | A visual diary by Paco Neumann
by Paco Neumann
3d ago
PHOTOS & SPANISH VERSION BELOW All passion springs from enthusiasm. Florence rescued me from neglecting feelings, an attitude that (I do not recall exactly when) came from falling lost in Berlin. Florence meant a safe net to avoid the death of the soul and helped me arise from that terrible fall. In the Tuscan capital a revolution took place inside of me. Indeed, a Renaissance. Thus, I now live here with all naturalness, feeling calm and relaxed. In Florence the days do not seem so endless, there is always something to do, even if it’s just a walk among Renaissance treasures, only to come ..read more
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‘Noble Earth:’ a movie set in Florence criticizing Florentine high society
Within Florence | A visual diary by Paco Neumann
by Paco Neumann
1w ago
PHOTOS & SPANISH VERSION BELOW Emma meets Tancredi in Florence, embarking on a love affair with the intoxicating cosmos he represents: endless days in the gauzy Florentine hills or the sun-blanched beaches in Maremma. They become engaged. Soon, however, Emma becomes caught in family politics, learning what is expected of a woman in Florentine high society. The same beauty that overwhelmed Emma reveals itself as superficial and suffocates her. Noble Earth is a study of ennui and female repression within a world rarely seen onscreen — Italy’s hermetic nobility. On the occ ..read more
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Società Canottieri of Florence, crossing the Arno river in canoe
Within Florence | A visual diary by Paco Neumann
by Paco Neumann
2w ago
PHOTOS & SPANISH VERSION BELOW The Società Canottieri Firenze (Florence Rowing Club) has its headquarters in the terrace just below the Galleria degli Uffizi. Like any other private club, it is only accessible for its privileged members. No need to say that it is the best place with a view to Ponte Vecchio in solitude and in all its magnificence, oblivious to the hectic passage of people a few meters above, fighting for a spot from where taking the obvious Florence selfie. The first Florentine rowing association was formally established in 1886 under the name “Firenze.” A bit after, i ..read more
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Il Liberty fiorentino: the Florentine art nouveau
Within Florence | A visual diary by Paco Neumann
by Paco Neumann
3w ago
PHOTOS & SPANISH VERSION BELOW Florence is not only synonymous with the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Its streets hide other equally valuable treasures that no one expects to find, as samples of the Liberty style, the Florentine art nouveau of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is quite a decorative style in wrought iron, with floral and animal motifs, linear and curved forms. The Liberty patterns found opposition, hostility and criticism in Florence, as it was believed that these buildings broke the architectural uniformity of the city. The ..read more
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Palazzo Borghese, «maximalist» events in Florence
Within Florence | A visual diary by Paco Neumann
by Paco Neumann
3w ago
PHOTOS & SPANISH VERSION BELOW Do you wish to get married with style in Florence? The Palazzo Borghese will make your dreams come true. “More is more” is a dictum for this over elaborated palace with abundant ornamental details. Palazzo Borghese Aldobrandini history begins in the mid-15th century when the Salviati brothers decided to combine various buildings into a single one. But the mansion reached its peak of splendour at the end of the 16th century, when it was restored for the last time. This construction maintains novel architectural traits, and it is an excellent venue for meeting ..read more
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Le buchette del vino: the wine windows of Florence
Within Florence | A visual diary by Paco Neumann
by Paco Neumann
3w ago
PHOTOS & SPANISH VERSION BELOW Florence is an inexhaustible source of secret treasures, an immortal city that every day gives us lessons of living history. One only needs to open the eyes and pay attention to little details present in the morphology of the city, those details that provide stimuli to the curious souls for nostalgic history. Located one meter above ground level, on the walls of several historical buildings in the city centre, it is possible to glimpse a tiny hole or the so-called “wine window” (buchetta del vino). This was the name given to the notches opened up on the ..read more
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A ‘panino’ at La Prosciutteria …?
Within Florence | A visual diary by Paco Neumann
by Paco Neumann
1M ago
PHOTOS & SPANISH VERSION BELOW «Vero maiale! (Real pork!)» is the motto of this narrow but elongated place where cured hams hang from the ceiling and young and cheerful waiters cater in foreign languages to locals and travellers. La Prosciutteria is located in Via dei Neri 54r, one of the most vibrant streets of the historic centre (between Palazzo Vecchio and Santa Croce), with plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants, ice cream shops and stores. They provide with regional artisan products such as wines, oils and jams, as well as merchandising. Undoubtedly, the best is the Tuscan glass of house ..read more
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Giulia Gianfranchi’s Florence
Within Florence | A visual diary by Paco Neumann
by Paco Neumann
1M ago
PHOTOS, ENGLISH & SPANISH VERSION BELOW Firenze, Florence, Florenz, antica Florentia castrum romano del 59 a. C … Comunque tu la pronunci, lei evoca da sempre nel mio cuore un senso di libertà e scoperta da quando ero bambina. Appena potevo, scappavo da Milano e venivo qui, nella mia Toscana, a trovare mia zia Marta. Passavo giornate ad osservare compiaciuta i turisti mangiare di gusto, ad ascoltarli in tutti i loro strani linguaggi, gironzolavo per strada col naso all’insu … Infilandomi in ogni vicolo, meglio se più stretto, e nei negozietti di artigiani. Distratta da architetture, s ..read more
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The experienced scissors of Matteo
Within Florence | A visual diary by Paco Neumann
by Paco Neumann
1M ago
PHOTOS & SPANISH VERSION BELOW In this barbershop, with its own seventies-style decoration, Matteo has been practicing hairdressing for almost half a century. He sometimes tells about his life and miracles while having your hair cut, some others he may just mutter some words, but Matteo is always affable and helpful. One gets lost in his tribulations and mental trivialities while being encountered with the sharp, clean, metallic sound of his scissors and the Italian music coming out of Radio Margherita in his transistor. With Matteo it is not necessary to  ..read more
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