Riva Lofts. Owls hoot nearby as you recline by the swimming pool, in 1800s- derived Tuscan county hamlet in the Italian summer heat. Be wary of the dust outside, in Florence but perhaps the darkness of the underground edge heritage still lives on in the ramshackle architecture of the red-brick heritage, plank floors that have grown old with age and almost creaks, as you step on them.

Don’t fear the ancient-undertones of the atmosphere here because as unfamiliar as it might all be to you, take solace in the contemporary decoration as the classicalism washes all over you slowly. You have bikes to explore the city, to pick up some books to learn more about the town you are living in, or just for a leisure stop at the park closeby. 

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