Florence, Italy, on shadowed, smelly and eerily silent Via Squazza:
Not a spot frequented by tourists, and, in fact, my tiny tour group makes up the only people on this narrow street. But if this door could talk, it would tell you that it was the first home to Lisa Gherardini, born June 15, 1479. She would grow up, marry a successful but cantankerous silk merchant, Francesco del Giocondo, and eventually sit for Leonardo da Vinci to become the face behind the world’s most recognizable portrait, the Mona Lisa.
After her marriage, Lisa would live with her husband, six kids and an assortment of del Giocondo extended family at their home on Via della Stufa (above), a bright, inviting street which sits in the shadow of all things Medici.
Want to see more of Mona Lisa’s Florence? Join me back on the blog tomorrow (Lisa’s 537th birthday) for my essay, Strolling Mona Lisa’s Florence.