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.