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On our first night in Florence my father and I got some excellent gelato in the Oltrarno neighborhood and then crossed the river back to the north side to return to our apartment. We chose to head north along Via de’ Tornabuoni and this turned out to be a very good choice. During the time that we were in Florence, Via de’ Tornabuoni was one of several roads where the city had hung some nice decorative lights over the street. Via de’ Tornabuoni is mostly pedestrianized so we got to walk right down the middle of the street. It was strangely quiet, at least until we got closer to the city center, and I remember there was a person playing a violin that you could hear from a long distance away. On Florence’s busier streets like Via dei Calzaiuoli that wouldn’t have been possible.

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