How to get someone’s attention?
In the Pitti Palace there is this huge bell hanging in the courtyard.
But the back streets of Florence are narrow, multi-layered and labyrinthine; a more mundane method is required.
Sometimes it seems that there is a strange and vital life going on high above the throbbing streets that may only be glimpsed through a telephoto lens or a window on the fifth floor of a museum.
I saw this “Xumba’ sign from the Museo Galileo.
I kept trying to imagine what living in one of these “garrets” might be like – especially when the weather might be very hot. How do you communicate with a top floor dweller?
Apparently like this.
Abdul Sameer Mohamed Javaiesh Armila Tushna
And most endearingly, Cucchiero D’Amore Larice.
Some bells do not need a name.
Pelagotti and Pelagotti Bonciani. Get it right!
The metal plates have acquired a bewitching patina, as have the little ivory (?) nipples. The wood behind the knockers has lost its varnish worn away by countless hands.
Some have an alarming degree of desuetude (I wanted to use that word somewhere!).
While yet others still do the job despite years of loyal service.
I liked this cheerfully enquiring pareidolic keyhole.
And finally, this lovely letter box by the door of a dentist in Pisa.