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