Andrew Barrow

Email: arb@andys-scribblings.co.uk

Website: andrewbarrow.co.uk

The Wine Doors of Florence

The Wine Doors of Florence, are serving hatches that allowed producers to sell wine to the inhabitants of Florence direct from their cellars. They date from the Medici period and were in use right up to the early 1900’s. They are totally unique to Florence and Tuscany. There are 167 documented remnants of these doors, where the passage of time has repurposed them as restaurant menu shelves, as door intercoms or letterboxes, as an evolving canvas for creative graffiti or simply ignored in the face of air-conditioner ducts and gas meter cupboards.