El segundo piso del mercado central de San Lorenzo en Florencia se puede degustar cualquier plato de comida tipica fiorentina, toscana e italiana. Es así que a la hora del almuerzo o de la cena es la atracción culinaria para los turistas y para los mismos florentinos. La estructura è histórica y de propiedad del…
Same place, same hour, 7.30 in the morning, just got off the bus. The bus stop area at Montelungo (which a side entrance to the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella), at the side of the Fortezza da Basso, today looks like this:
Pitti Uomo Fashion Show is over, and all this trucks are waiting to enter the field of the fairground and reload the fair equipment (most of them are heading to Milan, for the following fashion fair). During the day this queue will lenghten to some kilometers. Better to avoid any car today and go by public means of transportation. Still better, go walking. Florence is a small city. Just 50 minutes walk from home to work…
On the other side of the Railway Station Santa Maria Novella, the “Fortezza da Basso”, designed by Michelangelo as defense of the Florentine Republic, thousand times remodeled and redone, now home to most of the Pitti fairs
from anywhere you arrive, Fortezza da Basso is one of the symbolic points of Florence that indicate the end of the “periferia” and the beginning of the “centro storico”.
We want to close this 2017 with a thought for disappearing languages, through these six minutes of documentary by the New York Times.
For all of us who are working with languages, the thought of a disappearing language, together with the last persons who actually speak it, is particularly sad.
In these occasion you realise that there aren’t languages which are more important or less important, because every language forms, preserves and carries the ideas, the dreams, the cultural heritage of people.
That’s why our modest year-end appeal is for everyone out there, to study, to learn, to read, to speak, to write, many other languages.
Happy 2018 from Scuola Toscana !
When I see these tall poles I’m halfway to my destination. Basicly in this part of my route I walk along the railway line that comes out the main Florence station of Santa Maria Novella. (Santa Maria Novella is a head station). Florence is not a cold city in winter, it tends rather to be humid, and foggy, but some mornings the sky can be very clear… and temperature around zero.
Florence is not only its famous historical centre, its monuments, its tourists, but all in all is a small city – you just walk some minutes more and find yourself out of the most celebrated streets, and then what the Florentine call “periferia”. Periferia is where most of us – directors, staff, instructors – are living, and every working day we come from periferia to centro in various styles. Personally, I take the bus and then walk, quite a lot of walking. In the next posts, I will show some of the views of the city that I get during my walks, early in the morning.
This was about seven in the morning approaching the “viali” some ten minutes walk from the railway station of Firenze Santa Maria Novella. A flock of starlings, quite common now in the Italian cities, where they roost in the night to commute to the country during the day. As you can imagine, nice as they look, there are some problems with their dejections, so that in some places the authorities put loudspeaker imitating hawk screeches, to scare them…
Every year many girls, boys, women and men come to visit us in Florence, to learn or to improve the language, to enjoy the beauty of our city, to make new friends; and we try to do our best to make them feel really welcome, to treat them with an unforgettable experience.
We should do the same – with even more respect, care, and warmth, for all of them who are coming not because they wish to, but because they are forced – by war, famine, violence: by the impossibility to lead a normal life.
Especially in a city which owes so much to foreign, travelling people.
Therefore also this year we at Scuola Toscana support the United Nations High Commitee for Refugees (UNHCR) – to help them who are helping our brothers.