Società Canottieri of Florence, crossing the Arno river in canoe

Società Canottieri of Florence, crossing the Arno river in canoe

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The Società Canottieri Firenze (Florence Rowing Club) has its headquarters in the terrace just below the Galleria degli Uffizi. Like any other private club, it is only accessible for its privileged members. No need to say that it is the best place with a view to Ponte Vecchio in solitude and in all its magnificence, oblivious to the hectic passage of people a few meters above, fighting for a spot from where taking the obvious Florence selfie.

The first Florentine rowing association was formally established in 1886 under the name “Firenze.” A bit after, in 1911 was founded the «Società Canottieri Firenze,» where becoming a member it is not an easy task. The application for admission must be ratified by two club members who act as “godparents.” Fees are also a filter for economic status as they are quite high. Any case, the aesthetic and photogenic value of the canoeists crossing the Arno, as in the MasterCard ad, is priceless!


Società Canottieri de Florencia, surcando el Arno en piragua

La Società Canottieri Firenze (Club de Remo de Florencia) tiene su sede en esa terraza que hay justo debajo de la Galleria degli Uffizi y a la que solo sus socios privilegiados tienen acceso. Desde luego es el mejor lugar para observar el Ponte Vecchio en toda su magnificencia y prácticamente en solitario, en total contraste con las masas que solo un par de metros por encima se pelean por pillar un trozo de muro en el que hacerse el selfie de rigor en Florencia.

La primera asociación de remo florentina se estableció formalmente en 1886 con el nombre de «Firenze», aunque la «Società Canottieri Firenze» se fundó en 1911. Convertirse en socio no parece fácil. La solicitud de admisión del aspirante debe estar ratificada por dos socios del club que ejercen de padrinos. Las cuotas tampoco son precisamente asequibles… Pero el valor estético y fotogénico de los piragüistas surcando el Arno, como en el anuncio de MasterCard, ¡no tiene precio!

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Paco Neumann

Paco Neumann is a journalist, photographer, proofreader, flâneur and perpetual amateur currently living in between Florence, Berlin and Tenerife. He´s been a regular contributor to fashion, art, trend and lifestyle magazines and worked for news, advertising and communication agencies

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