A new adventure in Florence after many visits
|Ciao Firenze office is close to the Duomo on Via Cavouar|
Slow travel in Italy during the off season allows you to walk the side streets, exploring small shops, churches and even museums with fewer visitors. Even the coffee bar is full of locals not tourists when you order your morning cappuccino.
I have spent a lot of time in Firenze since a semester abroad,
and never thought to take a 'tour'.
Ciao Florence offered to send me on one of their tours that included a visit to the stone carving studio where trained stone cutters do repairs and preservation of statues, decorative friezes, pillars, trims for the Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore.
|Just a block from the Duomo down a narrow street|
|There is a sculpture on the outside wall depicting |
scultore, stone carvers
|My guide had the key that took us back in time as we stepped into the studio|
None of the scultori were working when we arrived but the current repair projects at different work stations, suggesting they would return. It takes years of study and apprenticeship before a sculptor becomes a master.
Amazing that the tools the artisans use today are modeled after those used when the statures, pillars or ornamental stone was created centuries ago.
Damages or 'worn out' statues are duplicated and the original art work is preserved in the museum. The depth of each curve and planes are measured with the metal calibrating system above.
Entire statues are duplicated in this way.
Modern scaffolding was not available when the massive Church was constructed. To protect the builders a system of leather belts and ropes was designed.
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