The first day of autumn


I can’t believe that already first day autumn. Today was a gorgeous day, perfect weather more like late summer than early autumn.



It’s plenty of things I will miss: long day, sun, holiday, ice cream and Florence. The photos below are from my run at morning in Florence. It was so nice to run around the empty streets, silent but for the many street cleaners sweeping up the thousands of bottles and rubbish everywhere.


So, here beautiful building of the Duomo dedicated to S. Maria del Fiore, the Cathedral is the fruit of the dedicated work of many artist who collaborated in its building for various centuries. In 1294 the Corporation of the Guilds commissioned Arnolfo di Cambio with the realization of a new Cathedral that was replace the extant church of Santa Reparata. But the Duomo had to wait until 1420, the years in which Brunelleschi won the completion for the building of this enormous structure – Brunelleschi masterpiece and Giotto’s Campanile, the Cathedral tower.  


I miss having REAL gelato and history about gelato.


The History dates back to the 16th century. There is some confusion in the origin as to where or who really invented gelato.  As most stories go, it is credited to Bernardo Buontalenti, a native of Florence, who delighted the court of Catherina dei Medici with his creation. Italians are certainly credited with introducing gelato to the rest of Europe; with Sicilian born Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli who undoubtedly was one of the most influential individuals in the history of gelato, as one of the first to sell it to the public. Summoned to Paris in 1686, he opened a café named after himself called “Café Procope”, which quickly became one of the most celebrated haunts of the literary establishment in France. In Italy meanwhile, the art of traditional gelato making was passed on from father to son, improved and perfected right up to the 20th century, when I many gelato makers began to emigrate, taking their know-how to the rest of Europe.



                                                 I will miss all these beautiful places in Florence. 


                                                             Florence –  here is all I have counted splendid.






About conservationwithella

Hello, I'm Ella, Art on Paper Conservator & Preservation Manager at Glasgow University Archives and Special Collections. This blog is a walk through my daily life, work, arts & crafts history, my discovery that everything in my life is enough to be a continuous source of reflection. I started blogging to entertain myself but I hope you enjoy it too. I'm sure you agree, that Life without art is nothing. :)

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