Orsanmichele. (Say it with me: or-sahn-mi-KAY-lay. Rolls off the tongue. Seriously, say it a couple of times and you won’t want to stop.) When I think Florence, I think Orsanmichele. Not the Duomo, not Michelangelo’s David. Don’t get me wrong — I love all of it. But a church, originally built as a grain market, with statues commissioned by the guilds of Florence around the outside, on the Via dei Calzaiouli (“via day-ee calz-eye-oo-WOH-lee”), which means, “street of the shoemakers” — it really doesn’t get better than that. And to top it all off, Via dei Calzaiouli is a pedestrian-only street. Get it? The street of the shoemakers is for walkers only! (I’m sure that’s not intentional, just an interesting coincidence.) Orsanmichele on Via dei Calzaiouli. Doesn’t just saying it make you smile?
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