I landed in Bologna two days ago, took a train and spent 48 hours in Florence for a conference. Last night, after the first day of the conference I went for a stroll with new friends I had just met.
We went along the river up to Ponte Vecchio, went through the Uffizi, admired the copy of the David in front of Palazzo Vecchio. We planned a thirty-minute walk, but we ended up wandering for almost two hours.
We had fun chatting on how familiar the city was to us. Not because of previous visits but because of video games. Filippo is a passionate Assassin’s Creed fan, and most of the game takes place in Florence. I remembered I use to play Midtown Madness, something like 10 years ago, and the cars used to race in the same streets we were walking on.
Florence was completely empty last night and it was a surreal experience. I had been there many times before, but it was the first time that video games were such a vivid memory to me.