by Melinda Gallo

Embracing my city

On my walk this morning down lungarno (the street along the Arno), I crossed paths with a few people walking toward the centro (center of the city) with their macchine fotografiche (cameras) dangling around their necks or tightly held in their hands. I hope they take a few amazing foto (photos) that they can cherish when they return home. Generally people tend to visit Florence for a short period of time and I always wonder if they値l stick to the main attractions or venture out and let the beauty of the city inspire them. Even after living here for many years, I still continue to discover more even when I知 not out visiting things specifically, so I wish them the same on their journeys here.

On my way up the viale (large avenue) toward Piazzale Michelangiolo, the marciapiede (sidewalk) is usually empty while buses pass in both directions. I love my walks because it is relatively quiet and I am surrounded by greenery. I especially enjoy the large trees that shade my path. It痴 a relief to finally walk somewhere where I am alone, not crossing paths with anyone.

The greatest gift of my trek up the hillside is seeing my city from afar. It痴 a joy for me to live in Florence, but I also enjoy getting some perspective so I can absorb it in its entirety. No matter how hot it is outside or how harsh the sun may feel, I take the time to walk around the large terrazza (terrace) to view my city.

After walking down the steps to San Niccol, I am immediately immersed in my city. While I cross Ponte alle Grazie, I look out at the Ponte Vecchio and enjoy the cool breeze from the Arno. When I return home, I feel refreshed and am happy that my walk has allowed me to embrace my beloved city once again.

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