While in Florence I started collecting photos of old doors. I tend to do that when I travel. So many of the great doors in the historic center of the city are covered in studs. Florentine palazzi were built like fortresses, with their imposing entrance gates opening into central courtyards.
|No.129 covered in studs
|Entrance to the Palazzo Antellesi, with a spectacular auricular crest. Also it was paper recycling night when I took this shot. It's not normally so littered on the Piazza Sta. Croce.
|stones and wood and studs at No. 11
|a rare example of a painted door at No. 13
|partially studded door at No. 14
As a giant fortress-like palazzo became unnecessary, and over time, infeasible; most of these urban castles were divided up to make apartments, offices, etc., while sharing the original entrance; a phalanx of doorbells illustrating the division of space.
|No.4 still has its buchette del vino
|No.28 with an unfortunate mail slot
|No. 11 with its lovely carved doors
|A single family home with a painted facade and simple doors
|Even the wee entrance to No.33 is of course fortified with studs
|No 1 under the stairs, and it's accessible!
|entrance doors hidden under a window, disguised to look like the stone walls
|an interior courtyard door, only 5 feet tall and beautifully varnished.
More photos of Florentine doors on my Flickr page
All photos in this post by Lynne Rutter,
Florence February-April, 2014click on images to view larger