Photo diary: Italy day 1 (Firenze)

June 24, 2016

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6-11 andy's horned mask
Andy was determined to buy something at Alice’s Mask Shop, which we’d spied last time we were in Florence late at night when the store was closed. He chose this fantastic piece handmade by the Professor, Agostino Dessi (below).

6-11 prof agostino dessi maskmaker

We celebrated the purchase with a delicious meal directly across Via Faenza — my gnocchi with gorgonzola and sausage couldn’t be beat.

6-11 yummy lunch via faenza
Much of our posse gathered Friday night before the retreat began for cocktails in front of the Duomo and dinner behind the Uffizi, which meant pausing to check out Jan Fabre’s sculpture “Searching for Utopia” in Piazza della Signoria.

6-10 friday night in florence
We stayed in a cute small hotel called Casa Howard, formerly a private house — immaculate, smartly furnished, complete with a lovely veranda where we took our breakfast.

6-11 casa howard room from veranda 6-11 casa howard veranda

6-10 firenze street art (tek set)
The Mercato Centrale now has an extensive South American produce vendor.

6-11 peruvian stall mercato centrale
And the upstairs has been transformed into an elaborate Eataly food court.

6-11 mercato centrale eataly

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