You may recall from my last post seeing a photograph of me with my mother-in-law from Florence. She is a lovely woman and I am very fortunate to be part of her family now. There was a time early in our marriage when I wouldn’t make my husband Italian food because I knew he’d be comparing it to her stellar cooking. Fortunately, she’s taught me a thing or two since then, including her ragù recipe!
She has given me scans of some photographs of her time growing up in Florence, before and after the war, that I thought I’d share with you so you can see a little vintage snapshot of Florence, Italy.
Here she is! Isn’t she gorgeous! I’m guessing this is early ‘50s.
I can almost guarantee you she made her little hat.
She’s given me some tombolo lace pieces, such as a dresser scarf, that are very similar,
and I guess tombolo was one of those arts that “ladies of the house” learned from their mothers in Italy.
I think this photo is so charming. She said it was taken at their vacation home in Bardalone.
This photo is dated 1948. I think her peasant blouse is charming.
She would have been about 17 here.
This is her with her mother and one of her sisters on a balcony overlooking the
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. She grew up on the same street that
Amerigo Vespucci and Michaelangelo lived.
And lastly, a little taste of a Florentine Christmas.