Sunday, May 30, 2010
A 16th-century man from Florence, Bernardo Buontalenti, an architect and painter with a passion for cooking, is believed to have invented ice cream, which was then exported all over Europe with the famous “crema fiorentina” and “gelato Buontalenti”. So it is no wonder that Florence hosted the 1st Anuual Firenze Gelato Festival! The festival was complete with a history of gelato exhibit in the Piazza Santissima Annunziata, activities, demonstrations and, of course, ample opportunity to sample gelato! Some of my favorites were the mela verde (green apple) from the Freddie Follie shop and the caffe krunk (coffee crunch) from I Gelati Del Bondi, whose owner has been making gelato in his shop for 30 years.
1. Aam and Eve are Expelled from Eden
2. Cain Murders his Brother, Abel
3. The Drunkenness of Noah and his Sacrifice
4. Abraham and the Sacrifice of Isaac
5. Esau and Jacob
6. Joseph Sold into Slavery
7. Moses Received the Ten Commandments
8. The Fall of Jericho
9. The Battle with the Philistines
10. Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
The fortress-like Palazzo Vecchio rises up in the Piazza della Signoria. The palazzo originally served as the city council, later became the Medici family home, and is today still used as the town hall. The piazza's statues (some are copies) mark the city's major historical events. The Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna were carved from a single block of flawed marble. The Fontana di Nettuno is the Roman god surrounded by water nymphs and commemorates Tuscan naval victories.
The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is aptly named as it is not only Florence's oldest wholly-stone bridge, but also its' most famous. Once occupied by butchers, the tenants are now jewelers and art dealers. Padlocks are locked all along the Ponte Vecchio. It is popularly connected to idea of love and lovers: by locking the padlock and throwing the key into the river, the lovers became eternally bonded. But be careful! There is a 50€ penalty for those caught locking something to the fence.
After all the climbing on the hillside, hit up the Firenze Gelato Festival for another round of tasting!
To view all my pictures of Florence, visit http://public.fotki.com/Davis2001r6/italy-2011/florence-italy/