At the conclusion of my first visit here in 1985 I realized Florence was likely to become my favorite place on earth. Through the years, though, we never spent the night, never saw the morning sun on the Arno and were always up against the train schedule to get home. This time we stayed 4 days, ate dinner at 8:00 PM like every other Italian, and walked the streets until after midnight a couple of nights.
Florence is a city of deep shadows and bright sunlight simultaneously. Many of the graffiti images are from unlit alleys and the overall color is a bit somber… the way it is.
Back to Pietrabuona tomorrow. Get to see some friends, visit a couple of of places and then off to Mantova.