Mike Kitching

Mike Kitching

Sculptor

The Quarry Villa Maiano

THE QUARRY @ VILLA MAIANO , FIESOLE , FIRENZE , ITALIA VILLA MAIANO " The Fattoria di Maiano ,the origins of which date back to 1400 , enjoys an enviable position amid the hills of Fiesole just 5 km from the historic center of Florence. This area has seen the work of famous people such as Leonardo da Vinci , Michelangelo, Benedetto and Giuliano da Maiano , Boccaccio and many others. The Fattoria di Maiano , with its buildings and houses scattered around the countryside is nestled in the hills of Fiesole and Florence and , for centuries, has been a place where the stone has been quarried and used to make the buildings in the city of Florence. In the 1960's Mike and I used to stay with a family at Pratolino in their B/B 10 km from Maiano and each day we would drive down the mountain, stop in Fiesole @ Le Terrazza , Villa Aurora for a meal or coffee. We had bought a Fiat 850 from Signore Scotti who had the dealership in Firenze that Aunt Titine introduced us to so we got a good deal. He would buy back the car when we decided to sail home in the Achille Lauro, to Sydney , Australia. To be immersed in Renaissance culture art and architecture was a dream come true and still to day we are filled with wonderment. Mike had his Birthday on Maiano and we walked to the Quarry filled with awe that we were walking the same path as these great artists. In 1844 , Sir John Temple Leader, the son of a wealthy London industrialist, arrived in Florence. He bought land, the abandoned quarries , the Village of Maiano with the Villa and numerous settlements scattered around the area , including the ruins of the Vincigliata Castle and the Villa i Tatti complex, which now belong to Harvard University and is home to the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.
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