Let me take you back to Florence, where I made progress on the book. As I mentioned, the apartment I rented was directly across from the Duomo. Amazing to look out and realize that I could almost touch the exterior of the nave. Looking up to the left I could see people who had climbed the dome standing around its lantern. Maybe it was the time of year, or maybe it is my hearing, but I wasn’t at all disturbed by the occasional street noises—service trucks, tourists, ambulance sirens.
The apartment was on the fourth floor with lift (essential and something to check on before you rent *); one large room with kitchen facilities, a bathroom, and a loft sleeping area.
* Whether traveling alone or with others, if you plan to stay in one place for more than three nights, by all means consider renting. It’s all on the internet.