Firenze - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow...
Trip Start Mar 03, 2005
235Trip End Mar 04, 2006
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Arriving at Santa Maria Novella train station in Firenze, I was met with some a smattering of ground coverage, and a very light snowshower. Hmmm, maybe I had missed the action here.
Elena arrived after work as we planned to grab a drink and a bite to eat. That is when the snow started up once more
This was really some freak occurence. Once every 20 years. Obviously a special showing of some snowing, just for me.
Elena dropped me off back at the apartment at around 12.30am. I went upstairs. Immediately I thought, hang on, this is a once in a generation experience. So I grabbed the camera and started wandering Firenze by night, and by snowstorm.
It was absolutely sensational. No wind, just gentle flakes, coming down in their millions. I took photos across the Arno to San Spirito, of the Ponte Vecchio, of the fibreglass cows near the Uffizi, of Fontana Nettuno and David (complete with shrinkage), and of the Duomo, complete with Dome Dandruff. I thought Piazza Signoria would have been empty after 1am, but the locals too realised this was a once off experience. They were there in their dozens having running snow ball fights across the Piazza. It was hilarious. You would be trying to take a photo, and then someone would take a pot shot at you from behind.
In the morning, it was pretty clear that it was a decent fall. About 8 or so inches of snow fell overnight in downtown Firenze. The seagulls by the Arno were very confused, standing in cold whiteness instead of on the banks. Statues had snow on their heads instead of pigeon poo. The Duomo still had coverage on its top.
By late in the afternoon, the streets were turning a little slushy, but it was the talking point of the town. After all, it was minus 6 celsius, and that just doesn't happen in Florence, even in Winter.
Minus 6. Oh Dio!