FIRENZE soundscapes

This page features a collection of soundscapes of Firenze (Florence), Italy, taken during different times of the year.
The aim of this project is not -at least for now, while it could become the long-term goal- to create a complete soundmap of this city, but rather to give the listener a different key to discover a complex yet small city, which has many faces - most of them hidden from the casual listener.
The lack of pictures is intentional: even if I agree that a field recording gains more strength with a visual support, it would be interesting if these specific recordings could help to build a sort of reverse imagination of the places captured: once not starting from the image to wonder about sounds, but the opposite.

All the recordings are hosted on Archive.org, too: https://archive.org/details/firenzesoundscapes/
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Loggia dei Lanzi


Location
Piazza della Signoria, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
20th August 2017 - early afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
The sound recording was taken inside Loggia dei Lanzi (XIV century), an open structure near the Uffizi Gallery and in front of Palazzo Vecchio, in the historical centre of Florence. It is a place always crowded and full of different kinds of sounds. In the recording diffent spoken languages can be heard, a guitar player nearby, people walking and taking photos to the ancient statues kept inside the loggia, and overall a lively picture of what Florence is during its tourist season. Even with that full and often noisy soundscape, Loggia dei Lanzi is a place I am really keen to go to and stay for some time, because it summarizes a good part of what the centre of Florence is about, both its negative and positive sides. Finally, it is rather interesting the particular reverberation that the structure gives to the sounds.



Piazza della Signoria


Location
Piazza della Signoria, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
20th August 2017 - early afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Piazza della Signoria, the place where this field recording was taken, is one of the main squares of Florence and the one where it stands Palazzo Vecchio, the palace once residence of the Medici family and now seat of the municipality of Florence. It is a crowded crossed by both locals and tourists, each immersed in their own lives, often so different one from the other. As with the other recordings of Florence historic centre, different languages can be heard, together with footsteps, chariots, bicycles and sometimes police cars (the only ones allowed to enter the square). Sometimes a disorienting experience, moving across this square can tell so many different stories that it seems much bigger than how it actually is.



Piazza del Grano


Location
Piazza del Grano, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
20th August 2017 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Piazza del Grano is a small square near Piazza della Signoria, mainly famous because the exit from Uffizi museum is located here. In times of high tourist season (like when this recording was taken) a peculiar blend of locals working there and tourists can be heard: different languages, conversation themes and sound from working and recreational tools. It is also noticeable how the locals and the tourists, even if living the same space, are often so far one from the other, like they were in different monads within the same place.



Piazza Duomo


Location
Piazza del Duomo, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
21st August 2017 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Piazza Duomo is perhaps the most beautiful and important square in Florence, featuring the Cathedral, the Baptistry and the Giotto's bell tower. Always crowded, especially during the tourist season, Piazza Duomo is a crossroad of people coming from all around the world, chariots, bicycles and pigeons. In this big and fragmented square you won't find any quiet corner, just pauses between a sound peak and the following one.



Piazza della Repubblica


Location
Piazza della Repubblica, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
21st August 2017 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Piazza della Repubblica is an important square of the historic centre of Florence, built in the XIX century in the area of the former Jewish quarter. It is an average to small sized square, but it has literary cafes, a big carousel, street musicians playing and shops both for the tourists and the locals. It is a meeting place felt by people living in Florence more "theirs" than the other, more touristic, squares of the centre. The soundscape is chaotic and rich: totally different people and lifestyles cross each other, even for just a minute - and their sounds do the same, too.



Via dell'Oche


Location
Via delle Oche, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
22nd August 2017
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Via dell'Oche is a little and tight, yet important, street in the centre of Florence. It is a lively street crossed by many people but also buses, taxis and chariots. Some particular shops and small restaurants are found in this street. The atmosphere (and the resulting soundscape) is still a little chaotic but it has a more intimate flavour, different from the one you can find few steps further, in the big squares of the old town.



Via Ricasoli


Location
Via Ricasoli, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
22nd August 2017 - early afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Via Ricasoli is the street where there is the famous Accademia Gallery, keeper of the Michelangelo's David. In front of the small yet always crowded museum there is constantly a long queue, and the soundscape is a rich pattern of different languages and habits. Although probably quieter than other touristic places, this street is able to deliver a sense of bewilderement that the soundscape represents well.



Ponte Vecchio


Location
Ponte Vecchio, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
23rd August 2017 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Ponte Vecchio ("the old bridge") is one of the most iconic places of Florence. It is the only old bridge of the city, since the other ones have been bombed during WWII, and it hosts a series of jewelries and some statues. It is always an intensely crowded place, accessible only by foot, and walking through it is a multishaped experience even for those living here and used to its features. As usual, different languages and people meet, locals and tourists, goldsmiths and policemen, in a carousel of sounds and experiences that is only partly fixable on a recording.



Giardino Maragliano


Location
Via Maragliano, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
24th August 2017 - early afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
This recording was taken inside a small public park in the area of San Jacopino, halfway between the centre and the suburbs. The lively character of this zone is reflected in the vigorous life that can be heard: many children playing and running, people walking and talking, and a wide variety of languages, experiences and feelings.



Piazza di San Jacopino


Location
Piazza di San Jacopino, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
24th August 2017 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Piazza di San Jacopino is the square that gives its name to an area still located in Quarter 1 (historical centre), but at the border of it, on the path to reach the suburbs and to exit the city through the highway. According to the time of day, this square can reveal different faces. During this recording, it was its nature of traffic junction to be under the spotlights. Buses, cars and people on rush are the main sounds that can be heard, before the night comes and the more "human" side of this square appears, with people meeting and talking. Sadly, this square has never become a place where to stop, but rather a bridging point to pass by and go somewhere else.



Via de' Neri


Location
Piazza di San Jacopino, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
27th August 2017 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Via de' Neri is a central street that links the area of Piazza Signoria to the one of Piazza Santa Croce. It is a street full of restaurants, shopos and pubs, attended both by tourists and locals. The soundscape is somewhat chaotic and summarizes the various kinds of people and commerce activities that this street hosts.



Via delle Torri


Location
Via delle Torri, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
12th November 2017 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
This recording was taken on a cloudy Sunday morning in via delle Torri, in the quarter of Isolotto, on the outskirts of Florence. This street is characterized by being close to a public park (Villa Vogel) and a big and busy road (via Canova). The result is a blend between the two soundscapes: birds, dogs and people slowly walking from one side, vehicles from the other. It is a somewhat alienating soundscape, like it were coming from a "middle earth" between countryside and metropolis.



Piazza Puccini


Location
Piazza Puccini, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
18th November 2017 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Piazza Puccini is along one of the roads that brings from the centre to the northern outskirts and then to the highway and the airport. Almost every morning there is a small but popular market. The soundscape of this place is full and lively, with a constant counterpoint between people and vehicles. The traffic and the flow of people to the market and to the small garden close to it create an indissoluble stream that summarizes very well what this transitional area of the city is.



Piazza Vittorio Veneto


Location
Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
18th November 2017 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Piazza Vittorio Veneto is split in two by the tramway trail. While from one side it hosts a car parking, on the other side it is one of the gates to Cascine, the biggest green area within the city. In this square once a month it is held an important flea/antiques market, selling everything from vinyl records to old cameras, from books to jewels. This recording was taken in the middle of the market: the soundscape is a meeting point of people walking, talking and bargaining for stuff, of course blended with the ever present traffic jam and the tramway passing by. An interesting frame from an area that offers different views and impressions.



Mercato delle Cascine


Location
Viale Abramo Lincoln, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
21st November 2017 - morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
The park of Cascine is the green lung of the city. Along its main avenue, in the zone closer to the city centre, every Tuesday a big market is held, selling any kind of stuff from food and books to cloths and household items. There is always a dense crowd and the soundscape is very chaotic and heterogeneous. From the sounds only, one can easily imagine what is being sold at a certain stand, and what kind of people is around at the moment. The soundscape of this market is very descriptive and able to tell many stories.



Outside Palazzina Reale


Location
Via Valfonda, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
02nd December 2017 - evening
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
This recording was taken outside Palazzina Reale, a masterpiece of rationalist architecture where the King of Italy used to stay when he came in Florence. The chaotic soundscape is marked by two strong sound sources: the first is originated from the notable amount of starlings nesting on the trees of the Palazzina's garden, the second is the continuous traffic of this area, located next to the main railway station. The resulting soundscape is somewhat oppressing and confusing, rich of strong and diverse sound signals that clash and blend in a weird urban symphony.



Cavalcavia dell'Affrico


Location
Cavalcavia dell'Affrico, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
06th December 2017 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
This soundscape was taken on an important overpass in the area of Campo di Marte, where there is one of the main railway stations of the city. This bridge passes over the train tracks and is crossable both by vehicles and pedestrians. As it may be guessed, the resulting soundscape is chaotic and utterly "urban" and antropophonic. Being it a crossing point for trains, cars, motos and people these are the main sounds that can be heard, with the human dimension of talking and walking being the least represented.



Largo Adone Zoli


Location
Largo Adone Zoli, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
06th December 2017 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Recording taken during the rush hour in an area where two important branches of the city road system join. There is not much to say about the monotonous soundscape made almost exclusively of vehicles (that cover totally the human presence of the place). This place also hosts a church, and inside it the soundscape (not reported in this recording) is practically the same: even if it is a church with big walls and double doors, the sounds enter with very little attenuation.



Autostazione SITA


Location
Via Santa Caterina da Siena, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
16th December 2017 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
This recording was taken inside the coach station located near Santa Maria Novella railway station. It is an old station that have not changed in the last decades, and is a sort of world of its own, with an atmosphere that takes you back at least in the 90s. This place is rather tight, but always crowded. People belong to different age and ethnic groups. Each sound tells a different microstory, and each story overlaps the other ones almost without noticing it.



Piazza Dalmazia


Location
Piazza Dalmazia, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
20th December 2017 - morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Piazza Dalmazia is the heart of the area of Rifredi, located north-east of the city and that is also the name of a whole quarter. In this square every morning a market is held, and the many sounds from people attending it and from the various stands melt with the heavy traffic noises, for this place is also an important traffic hub and is near the main city hospital. The resulting soundscape constantly oscillates from hi-fi to low-fi, from human to mechanical, in a dance of different sounds that can be chaotic and confusing yet lively and characteristic.



Piazza delle Cure


Location
Piazza delle Cure, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
28th December 2017 - morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Piazza delle Cure is a square which is the centre of the homonymous area (Le Cure), located north-east from the historic centre. It is a place very lively and chaotic, having many different sources of sounds: the railway station, a large avenue (Viale dei Mille) that begins there, different shops and a market held every morning. The casual listener is taken in a vortex of sounds: just one step and the rumbling traffic jam leaves its place to a crowd of people talking, buying stuff, bargaining prices, and then here it is the traffic again, then a train... in an endless sonic carousel which seems to never stop.



Sottopasso delle Cure


Location
Piazza delle Cure, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
28th December 2017 - morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
This recording was taken inside the underpass that links various places in the area of Cure (see recording before). This underpass is a sort of spontaneous gallery of street art, and a homeless person living here, named Salvatore, takes care of it, cleaning and putting some background music from a big stereo. Walking here reveals a different side of the city, made of humanity, local people and different influences. Utterly different from the centre, this place is one of the many surprises of this small yet big city.



Via della Ninna


Location
Via della Ninna, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
30th December 2017 - early afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Via della Ninna is a short but important street between Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery, and, as one can easily imagine, is always crowded with tourists and locals moving around the centre. The soundscape is always full sounding and somewhat blurred: wandering musicians, people from different countries and sounds from typical tourist things (like bags and street food) are all merged in this tiny piece of historic centre.



Via dei Calzaiuoli


Location
Via dei Calzaiuoli, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
30th December 2017 - early afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Via dei Calzaiuoli is one of the main streets of the city centre, linking the Cathedral (Piazza Duomo) to Piazza Signoria. This recording, taken on the last Saturday afternoon of the year, reflects the chaotic soundscape typical of this street during holidays (actually, during any weekend or tourist season). People are here for different reasons: just to take a stroll, to go shopping in one of the many shops, to go to the museums or to move across the centre. Different intentions are reflected in different sounds, steps speeds, things brought. Along with a dense crowd, horses with chariots and the few motorized vehicles allowed to drive here complete this never repeating soundscape.



Viale Giovanni Lami


Location
Viale Giovanni Lami, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
05th February 2018 - morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Viale Lami is an avenue along the railway, near the small Statuto station. From Monday to Friday, every morning a market is held, and part of the street is closed to traffic. Starting from this description, the soundscape is easily predicatble, but nonetheless interesting. People buying at the market blend with train passing by and cars in the streets nearby. This is an area attended by locals only (and mainly by old people), and it seems another city from the one you can find in the tourist places. Still, it is the same town and its knowledge can be complete only if explored in its entirety.



Dawn in San Jacopino


Location
Via Gaspare Spontini, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
06th February 2018 - early morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
This recording is partly different from the other ones. Here it is captured the dawn chorus of some birds, when the sun is rising on a cold winter morning, in the area of San Jacopino. Of course we are still in the city, so sporadical anthropophony can be heard, mainly windows and doors opening. Some distant bells can be heard, too. But the soundscape is almost entirely biophonic: a delicious reminder of the presence of nature even in the depths of the city.



Via delle Pandette


Location
Via delle Pandette, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
19th February 2018 - late afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
This recording was taken in the area of San Donato, north-west from the center. In particular, the street captured here is in a pedestrian area that goes through the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Florence. The soundscape is what one can expect from such a place: young people talking, walking and laughing, the constant sound of traffic coming from the outer roads, doors and windows shutting and opening. This area is heavily urbanized and with very few green areas: thus, the sporadic birds sounds often heard in the other recordings are not present here.



Viadotto dell'Indiano


Location
Viadotto Indiano, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
26th February 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Viadotto dell'Indiano (Indian's viaduct, in memory of a young Indian prince who died in Florence in 1870) is a big cable-stayed bridge that crosses river Arno joining two quarters of the city. Under the roadway lies a pedestrian crossing: it was from this passage that the recording was taken. The soundscape is chaotic and a bit weird: there is a constant noise given by the combination of the water and the traffic. Moreover, due to the position of the pedestrian passage, the sounds from cars come from upon, like it was a rumbling ceiling. The sporadic sounds of people and bicycles crossing the bridge are covered by the vehicles noises.



Piazzale Montelungo


Location
Piazzale Montelungo, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
26th February 2018 - early evening
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Piazzale Montelungo is a long square behind the central railway station. It is a place where many buses stop, both urban ones and those linking Florence with the rest of Italy. The soundscape is a blend of its parts: people talking in different languages and bringing luggages, trains and vehicles. This recording was taken during a very cold evening, with little snow falling (which is an extremely rare event in Florence). The suspended atmosphere is rendered through the unstable human sounds, appearing and disappearing in a misty texture of artificial noises.



Piazza Niccolò Acciaiuoli


Location
Piazza Niccolò Acciaiuoli, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
07th March 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Piazza Acciaiuoli is the central square of Galluzzo, a village south of Florence that was an independent municipality until 1928. Now it belongs to the Quarter 3 of the city. The soundscape is halfway the typical one of a city square and that of a smaller country place. People talking about what's happening, a small market, cars passing by, dogs and birds... an ordinary picture that is made of many different characters, each with a comprimario role.



Lungarno Soderini


Location
Lungarno Soderini, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
07th March 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Lungarno Soderini is one of the streets running along river Arno (thus the name "lungarno", literally "along the Arno"). It is a rather busy area, crossed by many buses and cars and where people rarely stop by unless they have to wait for a bus. The soundscape is very "urban" and a bit chaotic, with the antropophonic sources covering even the rumbling sound of the river.



Piazza de' Nerli


Location
Piazza de' Nerli, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
07th March 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Piazza de' Nerli is a tight and long square in the area of San Frediano, south of river Arno. It is a place with different faces, and the soundscape reflects this. A kiosk selling typical Florentine street food, like the lampredotto (which is the last part of the cow's stomach), is always crowded. People talking blends with the sound of the knife cutting the lampredotto in the traditional way. Not so far, the car traffic creates the typical urban background, but there is place also for some tiny sparrows wandering across the square.



Stazione di Castello


Location
Via del Termine, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
08th March 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Castello is an area north of the centre, at the border of the municipality. In its railway station some local trains stop, and the hi-speed trains towards Northern Italy pass by in a good amount. There are usually more trains than people in this station, and it is witnessed by the soundscape, where the human presence occours only every now and then. The surrounding area is a rather urbanized one, and the huge free car parking of the station is often crowded and full.



Stazione di Rifredi


Location
Via dello Steccuto, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
08th March 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Rifredi is an area that gives the name to the whole Quarter 5, and its railway station, together with Campo di Marte (at the opposite side of the city), is rather important, second only to the main station of Santa Maria Novella. It is always crowded and many people come here to catch mainly local trains to go to work, to school or to the university, which is just few steps distant. The resulting soundscape is rather full and populated by people, machinery and occasional remainders of the existence of nature.



Via Giovanni dei Marignolli


Location
Via Giovanni dei Marignolli, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
08th March 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Via Giovanni dei Marignolli is located just after the small river Mugnone, which separates the city centre and the quarter of Rifredi. It hosts one of the biggest high schools of the city, attended by more than 1000 pupils. This soundscape, which was taken just few minutes after the end of the lessons, gives an idea of what this street is about. Due to the presence of a park just in front of the school, it is an area always crowded of young people, even when the school is closed.



Giardino Baden-Powell


Location
Via Federico Stibbert, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
09th March 2018 - early afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone and Sennheiser MKE600
Description
The Baden-Powell garden is a park in the area of Statuto, in the quarter of Rifredi. It belongs to a bigger green area comprising also the Stibbert Garden and the building of Villa Fabbricotti, with its surrounding garden. The soundscape of this area can vary a lot according to the time of the day and of the year. Sometimes it is overly crowded, with people of any age (especially in Summer and in holydays, of course). Other times, like the one during this recording was taken, the dominating sounds are those of the beautiful nature that has found a niche among the surrounding anthropic reality.



Via Francesco Calasso


Location
Via Francesco Calasso, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
12th March 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Recording taken in a street in the outskirts of Florence. The main feature of this street is a commercial centre with a big supermarket and some smaller shops, and the sounds are in a way or another related to it. People walking with their carts, cars parking to go shopping, people leaving to come back home: ordinary sounds that, if listened to carefully, can tell thousand stories.



Via Gianfrancesco Pagnini


Location
Via Gianfrancesco Pagnini, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
12th March 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
This soundscape, recorded between via Pagnini and via Orlandini, is a witness of the spring coming, with the birds singing over a background made of the usual sounds that can be found in a courtyard of a city area. Some biophony breaking through the mechanical sounds a citizen is even too much accustomed.



Via Montebello


Location
Via Montebello, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
14th March 2018 - morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Via Montebello is a street in the area of Porta al Prato, immediately after the historic centre and built around 1865, when Florence became for a short time the capital city of Italy. It is usually a quiet area, with few cars and people passing by. The soundscape recorded in this street features a busker, playing a brass instrument, that can be found in this area rather often. An interesting musical diversion in an otherwise dull soundscape.



Piazza dell'Isolotto


Location
Piazza dell'Isolotto, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
23rd March 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
The Isolotto area (which also gives its name to the Quarter 4 of the city), on the river Arno's southern bank, was selected in the 50s to build a sort of satellite city (then blended with the main one). This square can be considered the heart of this big area. It reminds the typical square of a small village: it is full of different shops, there is the market held every morning, there are some street food vendors and at one side it can be found a small but cosy green area. The soundscape reflects this variety and a the presence of a strong human dimension, that contrasts with the newer part of this quarter, dominated by big buildings, heavy traffic and not many chances to meet with the other people.



Parco di Villa Vogel


Location
Via Antonio Canova, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
23rd March 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
The park of Villa Vogel (owned by the municipality) is the one of the largest green areas in the quarter of Isolotto. It holds a lake with ducks, an area for children and wide green spaces that sometimes are used for live music and theatre plays. This recording was made in a rather quiet time of the day, where only few children and some other people were in the garden. The voices of the birds gently blend with the talks of the children and their mothers, and the steps in the grass of some casual visitors build up a soft background. The car traffic, rather heavy in the facing street, is only a distant reminder of where we are.



Piazza Valdelsa


Location
Piazza Valdelsa, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
24th March 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
This square is in the area of Novoli, not far from the highway and the airport. Most of the square is occupied by a green area with toys for children and benches. This recording, made on Saturday, captures people of different ages relaxing in the garden: from children playing together to parents talking nearby, from people taking a stroll with their dogs to old people chatting together.



Via del Giardino della Bizzarria


Location
Via del Giardino della Bizzarria, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
24th March 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
This street, in the northern area of the city of Novoli, owes its strange name to an interesting story. Its name can be literally translated to "garden of oddness", but "bizzarria" (= oddness) is also a strange fruit halfway between a lemon and an orange, and it was first observed here in the XVII century, hence the name. Regarding the soundscape, it is characterized by the market, the people meeting and talking and of course by the traffic, for this street is not far from one of the main entrances to the town. A typical suburbs soundscape in a place with a definitely a bizzarre history.



Via Vincenzo Gioberti


Location
Via Vincenzo Gioberti, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
28th March 2018 - late afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Via Gioberti is a long and rather important street just after the city centre, in the eastern part of the city. It is a lively street full of shops, places to eat and to meet other people. The soundscape varies a lot according to the exact point of the street you are, but the human presence is always noticeable and it is often able to overcome the omnipresent traffic noises.



Via Pasquale Paoli


Location
Viale Pasquale Paoli, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
14th April 2018 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Viale Paoli is a large avenue in front of the stadium, and in the middle of an area plenty of sport areas and clubs. During this recording, taken during a Saturday afternoon, two sport events were taking place: a rugby and a football match. The sometimes chaotic, sometimes quieter soundscape is aware of what was going on: the loud music during the match interval, people talking about the events, athletes giving their best on the field. Surrounding these strong sound signatures, the typical traffic of a large avenue.



Via Salvi Cristiani


Location
Via Salvi Cristiani, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
14th April 2018 - late afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
Via Salvi Cristiani is a street in the quarter of Campo di Marte, halfway between the stadium and the first hills outside the city. At the beginning of this street there is a not that large but often crowded garden, attended especially by children and young people. The soundscape is almost completely colonized by their voices and by the sounds they make. Every now and then, especially on the other side of the street, the birds are announcing the definitive entrance in the spring season.



Viale dei Cipressi


Location
Viale dei Cipressi, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
20th April 2018 - morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Viale dei Cipressi is a road inside a garden that once belonged to the royal stables, that hosts since a century the Art High School. The garden is always attended by many different people: students, locals, tourists, often coming here with their dogs. Even if this area faces the trafficked Porta Romana and some big streets, its sounds are mainly those of the people, their animals and the many small birds populating this garden. A blend of generations and species that almost makes us forget the noises waiting outside.



Via della Fornace


Location
Via della Fornace, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
20th April 2018 - morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Via della Fornace is a secondary street near the southern bank of river Arno. Apart from the typical city sounds, it is characterized by the presence of many birds, especially crows, living or passing by the many private gardens facing the street. A bizarre meeting point of biophony and antropophony.



Piazzale Michelangelo


Location
Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
25th April 2018 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Piazzale Michelangelo is the most famous sightseeing place of the city. Located on a hill near the southern bank of Arno, it is always crowded with tourists and locals. The dominant key sounds are of course those of the people, that often cover the traffic noises from the adjacent avenue. Many languages and voices are melt together, in a dense vocal soundscape emblematic of the city like this very place.



Piazza Francia


Location
Piazza Francia, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
25th April 2018 - late afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Piazza Francia is a green square in the quarter of Gavinana, in the southern part of the city. It hosts two small parks, plus an area to play football and other sports. It is mainly attended by locals. There are areas for any age: a place with toys for children, a fresh green area to rest and some fields to play sports. The soundscape, even if not that peculiar, is an even balance of sounds from people, traffic and some sporadic birds.



Parco dell'Albereta


Location
Via Vecchia di Pozzolatico, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
25th April 2018 - late afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone and Sennheiser MKE600
Description
This recording was taken at the border of a small but very nice park in the outskirts of the town. This park has a vast number of poplars, organized in accurate rows, and an area for dogs. The birds dominates the soundscape, together with dogs, sporadic voices and especially the sound of the wind through the leaves. A corner of nature not so far from the urban context, a peaceful yet lively place to take a rest.



Serpiolle


Location
Via di Serpiolle, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
28th April 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with Sennheiser MKE600
Description
Serpiolle is a small village (a frazione, i.e. a detached part of a municipality) north of the city, belonging to Quarter 5. It is a marvellous place on the hills, and it seems to be so far from the town, while it is just few minutes away. Its soundscape is the typical one that could be expected in the countryside: farm animals (in this case especially chickens and dogs), tractors, some cars, few people passing by, the usual birds. A place that corresponds to the typical idea of Tuscan countryside, but still inside the city jurisdiction.



Giardino dell'Orticoltura


Location
Via Vittorio Emanuele II, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
28th April 2018 - noon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with XY microphone
Description
The Giardino dell'Orticultura is a famous garden between the areas of Statuto and Cure, at the begin of the road that reaches Bologna. It is always crowded, especially in Spring and Summer, and it often holds events such as trade fairs, gigs, theatre plays and more. For example, during this recording an important fair about plants and flowers was being held. Moreover, the garden has a library, a bar and an area for children. After this description, you can easily guess how its soundscape sounds: many different people, footsteps, loud voices, and few space left for other kinds of sounds, especially for those coming from outside the garden.



Via di Scandicci


Location
Via di Scandicci, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
05th May 2018 - morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Via di Scandicci is a rather long road that brings to the southern municipality of Scandicci. The sounds were taken at about half of its length, where it is crossed by via degli Arcipressi and via del Filarete, other two important streets of the area of Isolotto. The soundscape is dominated by the traffic, even if it was not so heavy during the recording, but the human presence always appears: some people were talking in front of a flower shop nearby the street, other people were passing by or were waiting for someone inside a car, with the stereo turned on. A typical picture of a common but fairly attended road in the outskirts.



Via Guardavia


Location
Via Guardavia, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
05th May 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Via Guardavia is a country road behind the big cemetery of Soffiano, in the southern part of Isolotto quarter. As soon as this street begins, the urban landscape turns suddenly into the typical Tuscan countryside, as often happens in Florence, especially in the southern part of the city. The soundscape follows accordingly: sometimes a car or a van passes by, some people are walking by, other are riding a bicycle. Nearby, dogs are barking and birds are singing, inside a fragile frame that seems to be always to be broken at any moment.



Via Federico d'Antiochia


Location
Via Federico d'Antiochia, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
08th June 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with Roland CS10-EM binaural microphone
Description
This recording was taken in a secondary street in the area of Gavinana, near the southern bank of river Arno. The sounds are the typical ones of an ordinary street in a working day morning. A big hair saloon dominates a side of the street, while on the other side a house is being renovated and expanded. Between these two fixed sound sources, people, especially old ones and children, pass by, some talking, other absorbed in their thoughts.



Piazza Gino Bartali


Location
Piazza Gino Bartali, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
08th June 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with Roland CS10-EM binaural microphone
Description
Piazza Gino Bartali, dedicated to one of the most famous Italian cyclists of all time, who was born not far from here, is a big square completely rebuilt in the last years. Most of it is reserved to pedestrians, and at one side there is the entrance to a big shopping centre. The soundscape varies based on the point of the square you stop: in the centre there are some benches attented by old people who stop there to talk and take a rest, approaching the shopping centre the typical sounds of a place like this can be heard, while moving towards the opposite direction brings the listener back to the typical urban sounds, where vehicles and busy people dominate the picture.



Largo Cirillo Monzani


Location
Largo Cirillo Monzani, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
08th June 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with Roland CS10-EM binaural microphone
Description
Largo Monzani is a sort of small square adjacent to a roundabout, located on via Aretina, in the eastern part of the city. Its soundscape is characterized by a tiny marked held here, a kiosk to eat some typical Tuscan street food and the perpetual traffic noise. An ordinary soundscape of a less known corner of Florence.



Stazione di Santa Maria Novella


Location
Piazza della Stazione, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
09th June 2018 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with Roland CS10-EM binaural microphone
Description
The railway station of Santa Maria Novella is the main train station of the city, and one of the most important ones of the whole country, with about 60,000,000 passengers each year. It is located in the centre of the city, few minutes walking from the Cathedral, from the Fortezza and from the main boulevards surrounding the town. It also serves as bus terminus for many urban and extra-urban lines. Its soundscape is a dense crossroad of voices, steps, experiences, people coming, going, waiting and hurrying. This is of course mixed with train announcements, sounds from the shops and from the traffic.



Galleria Commerciale Santa Maria Novella


Location
Piazza della Stazione, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
09th June 2018 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with Roland CS10-EM binaural microphone
Description
Under the railway station of Santa Maria Novella there is a branched commercial gallery, with many different kinds of shops, from those belonging to big chains to independent ones. Moreover, the gallery gives access to a large undergound parking, to the station itself and has some facilities like toilettes and tourist info points. It is place always crowded, and attended both by tourists and locals. The resulting soundscape is diverse and depends a lot on the exact point one stops (this recording was taken walking across the entire gallery). Being underground, the lack of car noises, otherwise ubiquitous across the city, is definitely noticeable. Moreover, a piano available to anyone to play gives a characteristic touch to the soundscape of the last part of the gallery, near one of the escalators that bring to the station.



Giardino di Villa Strozzi


Location
Via di Monte Oliveto, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
08th July 2018 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with Roland CS10-EM binaural microphone
Description
The garden of Villa Strozzi is a rather big park in the Quarter 4 of the city, on the southern bank of the Arno. This recording was taken in a hot summer afternoon on one of the trails that run across the park. The cicadas are the main characters of the soundscape, and leave on the background the few people the were there at the time of the recording. In few minutes the cicadas perform different songs, and create an almost unreal and suspended atmosphere, that let the listener forget to be inside a city.



Stazione de Le Piagge


Location
Via Lazio, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
10th July 2018 - early afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with Roland CS10-EM binaural microphone
Description
Le Piagge is an area in the outskirts of the town, between the road that goes to Pistoia and the railway to Pisa. It has a very small station with few local trains stopping here. In front of the station there is a shopping centre, surrounded by many public housings and some secondary roads. The soundscape of this area, especially during the early afternoon time when it was recorded, is rather quiet and influenced mainly by the people attending the shopping centre and by the trains passing by. However, even in this strong urbanized area, birds and cicadas make their part, and break the dullness of this city soundscape.



Via Lunga


Location
Via Lunga, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
11th July 2018 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with Roland CS10-EM binaural microphone
Description
Via Lunga is located in the southern part of the city, in the quarter of Isolotto. It is a secondary yet long (hence the name, "lunga" is long in Italian) street, and holds different meeting points for the people living in this area. This recording was taken in front of a community centre and a small green area for children. There were many people talking loud and playing, and the resulting soundscape is a lively witness of a vibrant corner of the city, relatively unknown also to many citizens.



Piazza Pompeo Batoni


Location
Piazza Pompeo Batoni, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
13th July 2018 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with Roland CS10-EM binaural microphone
Description
Piazza Batoni is a square of Isolotto quarter, cut in two by the tramway lanes and crossed by many vehicles directed to the centre or to the highway. The soundscape of this area is never quiet, and it is dominated by the tram and the car traffic. However, more natural sounds emerge: the constant cicadas chants, typical of Mediterranean summer, and the voices of the many people who cross this square in their daily routine.



Viale dell'Aeronautica


Location
Viale dell'Aeronautica, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
15th July 2018 - late morning
Recorder
Zoom H6 with MS microphone
Description
Viale dell'Aeronautica is a long avenue inside the big Cascine park. This recording was taken on a Sunday morning near a kiosk selling drinks and food. The soundscape is dominated by the two main living presences you can find there: the cicadas and the people enjoying their Sunday in the park. Two different species and two different languages involved in a sort of bizarre counterpoint.



Parco dell'Anconella


Location
Via di Villamagna, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
07th October 2018 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with Roland CS10-EM binaural microphone
Description
The park of Anconella is a big park on the southern bank of the Arno, close to the main aqueduct of the city. It is a green area where people go to relax, to listen to live music or to play open air sports. For the children, there are some carousels and dedicated areas to play in safety. The soundscape of this place, especially on a Sunday afternoon like when this recording was taken, is dominated by the voices and noises of the many people attending the park, in a sort of anthropic symphony celebrating a day of joy.



Piazza Ravenna


Location
Piazza Ravenna, Florence - Italy
Map
Date
07th October 2018 - afternoon
Recorder
Zoom H6 with Roland CS10-EM binaural microphone
Description
Piazza Ravenna is a busy square that links one of the bridges crossing river Arno, the Da Verrazzano bridge, to some important roads of the southern part of Florence. The resulting soundscape cannot be but dominated by cars and other vehicles, with their sounds overcoming the traces of those who walk across the square.




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