Street Art - The Other Side of Florence

The Other Side Of Florence

In Europe, Italy by Nick Nomi0 Comments

The birthplace of the Renaissance, sometimes referred to as the Athens of the Middle Ages, a mecca of orange roofed Italian apartments, 17th century palaces, Romanesque and Gothic churches and beautiful Renaissance Cathedrals – Florence, or Firenze, is easily one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring, beautiful cities.

But what about the other side of Florence? The city squares are a hive for overpriced restaurants and stylish (well…some of them) bars, tourists and touts selling whatever crap they happen to have (most recently the much debated selfie stick) – but the backstreets of the city are dark, often empty though lined with Vespas and strange small car-like contraptions, sometimes inhabited by a few drunks and incidental collages of graffiti and stickers. The occasional illuminated window offers a glowing melange that incorporates everything from cigarettes to Japanese kebab (really – we’re talking doner meat with soy sauce and/or ginger) at all times of night. We took a stroll around the old town recently to photograph just a little of what you might expect when you divert your course, and your camera, to one of Firenze’s many vibrant backstreets.

Stickers on the backstreets of Florence

Sticker & poster graffiti on the backstreets of Florence

An edited street sign in Florence

An edited street sign in Florence

Another edited street sign in Florence

Another edited street sign in Florence

A little mural in Florence

A little mural in Florence

Graffiti in the backstreets of Florence

Some Florentine sperms making their way up Via de Giraldi

Some Florentine sperms making their way up Via de Giraldi

Religious iconography meets graffiti in Florence

Religious iconography meets graffiti in Florence

An installation of swinging Florentines

An installation of swinging Florentines

A regular around the streets of Via del Proconsolo

A regular around the streets of Via del Proconsolo

The old chap above has a story to tell though unfortunately my Italian isn’t good enough to understand it – if you feel like listening in, then head to Via del Proconsolo and listen for an earthy toned man shouting his heart out – and then head in that direction. He’s usually seen around the Grand Hotel Cavour in the early morning.

Stickers in Florence

Stickers in Florence

The window of the Kebab Sumi - Japanese Kebab & assorted stuffs in Florence

The window of the Kebab Sumi – Japanese Kebab & assorted stuffs in Florence

A lantern and an arch

A lantern and an arch

A typical alleyway in Florence

A typical alleyway in Florence

NINOTCHKA

NINOTCHKA

A Vase on the wall in Florence

A Vase on the wall in Florence

The aforementioned demi-car - scattered allover Florence

The aforementioned demi-car – see them scattered allover Florence

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