Artists and cultural dilatants have been waxing lyrical over Florence for centuries, mouthing one over ripe description after another.
Byron declared himself, “drunk with its beauty” while more restrained visitors like Charles Dickens wrote, “Among the four old bridges that span the river, the Ponte Vecchio, that bridge which is covered with the shops of Jewellers and Goldsmiths, is a most enchanting feature in the scene. The space of one house, in the centre, being left open, the view beyond, is shown as in a frame; and that precious glimpse of sky, and water, and rich buildings, shining so quietly among the huddled roofs and gables on the bridge, is exquisite“.
And still we come, suffering the arrogant indifference we are subject to by Florentines who want our money but not us; uttering new accolades for an ancient city, that to be honest, dines out on past glories in her shabby but irresistible palace without a thought to rising from her comfortable chair to create a new chapter to her long and glorious history.
And even the wiser among us while seduced by the historical magic and beauty of Florence, offer forward certain facts that are well, not quite factual. And Brain Sewell bless his heart is one of these types. Can you spot the mistakes in the video below?