Florence, Italy By Foot: A Double Photo Walk? Who Thought That Was A Good Idea?


Tourists, Tourists Everywhere

Florence is a photographer’s dream. Incredibly unique and beautiful architecture, sculptures, fountains, and people of all shapes, sizes, and cultures, all waiting for that special moment to be captured.

The City of Florence in All Its Glory

Realizing the scope of the adventure, Carrie booked a photo walk tour through Airbnb’s experience feature. The experience is basically a half day event that started at 4:30pm and ending at 7:30pm. But, we only planned to go into Florence for one day. We realized that we couldn’t do the city justice in only 3 hours, so we

The red hoard. Where’s their shepherd?

decided to arrive early morning and spend the day doing a photo walk before our photo walk, giving absolutely no consideration to the physical requirements demanded of traipsing through a large city all day and all evening long.



The Central Train Station. Alternate transportation can be obtained.



Getting from our sleepy little village of Diacceto was a breeze (getting back on the other hand: click here for details). The train station was centrally located and dumped us into the maelstrom immediately. Huge tour groups were herded like sheep by their guide – who was identified by a colored cloth at the top of a pole – but, as all good sheep do, some would  still stray from the flock, blocking walkways

Look Out! A Stampede.

and generally making a nuisance of themselves before being shepherded back into the flock.

The Pre-Photo Walk

But we were not to be deterred, as we ground our way into photo op positions, snap-snap-snapping away. By noon our feet were killing us and we were starved. Carrie, the encyclopedia of world food, informed me that she knew the location of a food cart reputed to have the best tripe sandwiches in all of Florence. “It’s only about a kilometer from here and the


Starved we found the famous Lampredotto sandwich cart. Delicious!

sandwiches are called Lampredotto. You’re going to love it.” she shouted enthusiastically. Geez! I can see the damn McDonald’s sign from here and the place is air conditioned. I hope I only thought that and didn’t say it aloud. She had the Google Bitch locked in and they were on the move, so I’m safe.




Carrie checking out all these marble tight butts.

We wound our way through the narrow picturesque streets, stopping frequently for photo ops and to calm the Google Bitch down, which made the walk appear to disappear in no time. Ah, who am I kidding?

Taken from our lunch perch on the church steps next to the Lampredotto cart.

The Tripe Was No Trifle

By the time we arrived at the sandwich cart, my feet felt like they were the size of snowshoes. But, as usual, she was right. The Lampredottos were delicious and we found a great spot to sit down on some church steps to people watch and take photos of. “But what did you have to drink with those sandwiches?” you ask. Wine of course, hauled from Diacceto in our handy dandy collapsible travel flask (for details see: travel flask).

Somewhat renewed, with my feet down to the manageable size of a pair of LeBron James’ sneakers, we were off for the second half of our pre-photo walk photo walk. But, by around 3:30 even the Google Bitch was tired, and the feet are back to snowshoe size, so we found a nice little piazza to sit down for a spell.

Critiquing the photos Carrie took of this group of fun loving kids.

A few minutes into our R&R, Carrie was approached by a group of young people wanting her to take a group picture for them. “Sure, I’d love to!” she said. I figured that they didn’t ask me to take the picture because I looked like a huge over producing sweat gland. Couldn’t blame them.

The Real Thing

4:30 finally rolled around and it was time to hook up with our photo walk group. Davide Mandolini, our guide, did a great job of herding the 6 of us around, showing us some out the way corners of Florence for some special photo ops. You can also find him on facebook. Included as part of the photo walk was an apres walk stop at a wine bar for some medicinal adult beverages. Great fun.

The backstreets of Florence while photo walking with Davide.

Although we may have overdid it a bit, Florence made the pain worthwhile. And doing a photo walk with a local is truly a great way to experience the city’s inner charm. Highly recommended.

Cheers! Our photo walk group. A great bunch.

And now it was time for the infamous return to Diacceto! More photos below.

Hike Drink Live Laugh (Apero Time)


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The Basilica.


Two different fashion statements.


I think I’ll let you caption this one. What single word would you use?


Apparently, back in the day, they went to battle naked. Doesn’t sound like a good idea to me.


I can relate to grumpy.


The famous La Nazione.


The Bridge.


Reflections in a window.


Graffiti. I think I know the meaning here, but can someone translate this properly?


Haute Fashion?


Fashion is a religion here.


A rather famous guy runs around town painting street signs. They actually sell his stuff in a gallery.


Break time. And break time for me as well. Bye.





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