Piazza dei Ciompi Florence (2022)
The apartment my wife and I rented while I was studying at the Florence Academy of Art overlooked the Piazza dei Ciompi.
The Ciompi were the guild of wool carders in medieval and Renaissance Florence.
They rebelled, unsuccessfully, in the 13th century in an attempt to redress their grievances against the more powerful guilds which
governed republican Florence. The Piazza included Vasari’s loggia – just glimpsed on the left – which once housed the fish market.
We loved this location because it attracted relatively few tourists and was dominated by workers and students in Florence’s thriving arts industry.
I did many drawings of the Piazza – the most successful was claimed by our favourite waitress in the Bar Plaz for her apartment.