by Melinda Gallo

My new place above the Arno

It didn't take me long at all to fall in love with my new apartment. The picture shown is the view from my window, and it's the same view I see from my desk while I'm working. I had been wanting to look out at something after spending last year looking at a wall, and the two years before looking out at rooftops. Now, I get to see people and cars, and I feel as if I am truly living in the city.

Living in Florence :: My new place above the Arno

I don't see any monuments except from my terrazza (terrace) where I see the top of the Palazzo Vecchio and the Duomo, but I love looking out at the Arno river. There is something peaceful and enchanting about it even though the water is green right now.

I moved a lot of the furniture around, and carefully positioned my scrivania (desk) so that I have a great view.

I'll need a few days before I feel completely at ease here, but I am extremely comfortable in my new apartment and it feels wonderful. I also love the fact that via dei Neri is right around the corner, so I can pop out and shop for things that I need. And, I'm very fortunate because a small supermercato (supermarket) just opened up a few months ago down the street, so I don't have to walk all the way to Standa.

I was a little worried that I might not like my new place because it is much smaller than my old place, but it fits me just right.

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