"Ridotti come siamo,
non riesco più a conoscere i turisti!"
"We've fallen apart so badly,
I can't even pick out the tourists anymore!"
An allarming prospect, to be sure!
Usually invoked by Florentines to herald:
The End of All Known Civilization
But is it true??? Here are ten hard-hitting photos, snatched from the mean streets of the City of Flowers.
Florentines or Tourists?
YOU make the call!
PHOTO ONE: Piazza Salvemini
Hint 1: He's going to a Pizzeria called "The Ghibellines".
Hint 2: It's work-related.
PHOTO TWO: A bench, behind the apse of the Cathedral.
Hint 1: Florentines usually have homes to go to.
PHOTO THREE: Ponte alle Grazie
Hint 1: Visiting paramilitaries seldom gaze pensively at the Arno River unless they are planning to blow it up.
PHOTO FOUR: On the edge of Piazza della Signoria
Hint 1: Almost anyone can get married in Palazzo Vecchio (Florence's historic City Hall).
Hint 2: A matching rose, popped into your jacket pocket, has not been identified as a local tradition.
PHOTO FIVE: On the steps of Santo Spirito
Hint 1: He is feeding pizza to Florentine pigeons.
PHOTO SIX: The metal detector at Palazzo Pitti.
Hint 1: They are standing in line to get into a museum.
PHOTO SEVEN: Via Verdi, following the Calcio storico
(Historic Football) in nearby Piazza Santa Croce
Hint 1: They are wearing Renaissance outfits.
PHOTO EIGHT: San Lorenzo Market
Hint 1: He is wearing a tee-shirt with the Florentine Lily.
PHOTO NINE: The Fiorentina training facility
at San Piero a Sieve
Hint 1: They are seven years old.
Hint 2: Their parents shlepped all the way out to the middle of the Mugello so that they could watch a summer practice.
PHOTO TEN: Under the ramparts of
the Forte di Belvedere
Hint 1: This is a trick question.
PHOTOS © Lyle Goldberg
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