Archive for February, 2011

Florence, Italy: Where the streets have no room

February 1, 2011

The historic Renaissance core of Florence, Italy looks much as it did in previous centuries.

At street level, however, there is a problem: a city scaled for pedestrians, carts, and horses is filled with traffic.

 

The sidewalks are incredibly narrow. Many are narrower than this:

The result is that pedestrians and cars have to share space in a way that is not safe or convenient for either.

This was around late December or early January, when tourists are at a fairly low ebb. I can’t imagine the chaos of summer.