Street art in Florence

Street art in Florence in the shape of hand painted portraits and caricatures with Ponte Vecchio in the background  have become a cherished holiday souvenir for thousands of visiting families.



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Travel writing is mostly about the great sights of any city, but sometimes what you remember most is something quite different.

My first visit to Florence took place about 15 years’ ago, and I still recall the celebrated attractions, yet another lasting impression was made by street artists outside the Uffizi. I hadn’t come across professional painters who made a living sitting in the streets and drawing the likeness or caricature of odd people before, and their enterprise, skills, tempo, technique, flattery and tricks seemed fascinating.

Street art in Florence

Later I’ve seen loads of portraits and caricatures of children with Ponte Vecchio, Colosseum, gondolas, the Eiffel Tower or the tower of London in the background. They decorate the walls of private homes side by side with Warhole and Van Gogh reproductions. The productions of street artists has apparently become a cherished souvenir. I almost regret I didn’t buy a sketched memento, but settled for a wooden Pinocchio instead.

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7 replies
  1. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    This is a nice point of view of Florence. There is this “art air” we can breath everywhere in the city. That’s why I love Florence so much. :)

    Ciao

    Barbara

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  2. Laurel
    Laurel says:

    I think portraits or caricatures are a great souvenir. I normally buy paintings as souvenirs or enlarge and frame photos from my travels so my house looks like one big travel brochure, but I love being surrounded by so many happy memories.

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    • admin
      admin says:

      My house is full of enlarged photos, as well, but I’ve never had the patience to sit and wait while a drawing is being made. Could be interesting, though…

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  3. Turkey's For Life
    Turkey's For Life says:

    I love watching street artists. We were watching street artists in Rhodes – amazing how they can produce their works so quickly. Yes, it would have been nice to get a souvenir.
    Julia

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