Florence tours to discover great writers' homes

Tour in roads loved by Collodi, Manzoni, Dostoevskij, Eliot

12 January, 16:04

    FLORENCE - From the house where Carlo Lorenzini, or Collodi, was born to the neighborhoods described by Vasco Pratolini (who died on January 12, 1991), the places most loved by Dostoevskij, the hotel where George Eliot slept and a palace where Alessandro Manzoni stayed are all part of a tour of Florence to visit sites beloved by great writers.

    The initiative, a series of walks through the city, called 'Firenze Insolita' (unusual Florence), is organized by cultural association Archetipo, financed by the city of Florence and promoted by Cecilia Del Re for a 'sustainable tourism'. Scheduled from Friday, January 22, until Sunday, February 28, 'Firenze Insolita' will have three weekly events, from Friday to Sunday - Friday and Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 10 - to discover Florence's secret locations and the architecture and sites that have had an impact on literary history. Each visit will last about three hours and a maximum of 12 people will be admitted.

    They will be provided with sanitized earpieces and masks. This will enable participants to take part in the tour in full security and respecting anti-Covid rules. Participation will be free with mandatory reservations at the number 338-1002655 or by mail at firenzeinsolita@archetipoac.it. The tour will be on foot and can be taken by people with physical disabilities, on wheelchairs as well as families with young children in strollers. At the end of the guided tours, actor Rosario Campisi will read passages composed by the authors during their stay in Florence or remembering the city, allowing participants to have a unique experience. The route from one location to the other will include other literary recollections and brief stops of cultural interest: from the district of Santa Maria Novella where Percy Bysshe Shelley lived to Santa Croce where Piero Bargellini resided. ''Firenze Insolita'' will be an occasion to also remember many other intellectuals who loved Florence, without forgetting the Futurists who will conclude the tour at the famous literary café Le Giubbe Rosse.

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