You Can Ring My Bell

 

How to get someone’s attention?

In the Pitti Palace there is this huge bell hanging in the courtyard.

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But the back streets of Florence are narrow, multi-layered and labyrinthine; a more mundane method is required.

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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.

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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?

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Apparently like this.

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Fatticio

Quispe

Checucci

Gropsanu

Abdul Sameer Mohamed Javaiesh Armila Tushna

And most endearingly, Cucchiero D’Amore Larice.

Genius!

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Some bells do not need a name.

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Others do.

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Pelagotti and Pelagotti Bonciani. Get it right!

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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.

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Some have an alarming degree of desuetude (I wanted to use that word somewhere!).

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While yet others still do the job despite years of loyal service.

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I liked this cheerfully enquiring pareidolic keyhole.

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And finally, this lovely letter box by the door of a dentist in Pisa.

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About pennimania

Artist, entomologist, grumbler.
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