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  Whilst Neptune ponders all
by iandsmith

I will bore you here with the E-mail I sent back home, ovbiously describing my feelings re the Piazza della Signoria.
'Thus refreshed I returned to the Piazza della Signoria to meet Rosemarie and have another attempt at the Uffizi. Whilst waiting, I penned the following, ad verbatim, from my notebook, "The milling throng, uttering innumerable foreign languages; school children on excursions of whom only 5% really care about the treasures they are about to see, the rest seemingly more concerned about the impression they are making on the opposite sex; a thousand cameras taking a hundred thousand photographs; beggars rattling their plastic cups; buskers mimicking statues in wonderfully crafted outfits; pigeons flitting around seeking crumbs; dogs bathing demeaningly in Neptune?s fountain; the Ambulatare policeman asking everyone to get off the Uffizi steps, a seemingly pointless task as the steps are refilled in a few minutes by new batches of tired tourists; the raised flags or waving newspapers of the tour guides sailing atop a sea, nay, an ocean of bobbing heads to the cry of "Can everyone see the banner down the back?". I?ll scream if she says it again.
Teenagers trying to look cool smoking (if only they knew) before they stamp their butts on the cobbles; here a mobile phone, there a video camera and, somewhere in a far-off country, another war. What matters it here?"'
The photo shows Ammannati's masterpiece (1575) that commemorates Tuscan naval victories and has Neptune surrounded by water nymphs.

Address: Firenze
Directions: Next to the Uffizi, two blocks from the Arno

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  • Updated May 30, 2003
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