Today in this country a two-week summer holiday is rare and if taken, we are sure to be tracked down. How do we forget work, social media, followers, filters and shut up shop like families and shopkeepers in Italy? The great scappata for an entire month. Imagine. I will try.
Florence may be a ghost town for the locals but it was crammed with waddling tourists with selfie sticks on the modern grand tour. Hidden cafes were all closed. Will Fisher of Jamb says ‘the most important visits for me are not just the cultural but also the culinary. When I’m in Florence I have to visit my favourite restaurant Trattoria Sostanza that my best friend Naj introduced me to.’ We tried but the blinds were tightly drawn. Chiuso. But the Duomo and Gates of Heaven were open.
Summertime and for a week the living was nearly as easy as it used to be.