Florence: an open air museum

Florence, the jewel in the crown of Tuscany, Italy.  The iconic skyline, dominated by the Duomo, is immediately recognisable.  The Appennine Mountains rise up behind it and the River Arno runs through it, 

It was the birthplace of the Renaissance and any artist working there is following in the footsteps of Michelangelo, Leonardo and Dante to name but three.  One such artist is Vittoria Scaffidi who can be found outside the walls of the Pitti Palace selling her paintings.  Here she is: 

And here is one of her paintings:

She has added a panel to her watercolour to,show Florence in the rain with a number of umbrellas flying around.  

It needs a new mount but apart from that the colours are still very vibrant and I think anyone who knows Florence would like it.  I wonder what it cost and why it has been cast aside.  


Never heard of Nervi?

Me neither, but here it is in all it’s glory:

Nervi is a former fishing village in North West Italy just 12 miles from Portofino. The pride of the town is the Passeggiata de Anita Garibaldi which is a 2km walkway along the cliffs to the 16th century Torre Grapallo (shown in the above photo).
I found this pen and ink drawing of Nervi’s pride and joy. It was extremely dirty as if it had been hiding in someone’s loft for a very long time. It is signed by Havat (?) and I would say it is quite old. Perhaps drawn whilst the artist was on holiday? It cost a lowly ¬£3.95.