TF's new column is by filmmaker David Battistella, who moved to Florence from Canada earlier this year to pursue his dream: writing and producing a feature film based on Ross King's 2000 book Brunelleschi's Dome, about the life of Filippo Brunelleschi and the building of Florence's cupola. A transplanted Italian-Canadian, David will share stories about being a ‘reverse immigrant,' an Italian who was born abroad and returns to an Italy that is vastly different from the one his parents left in the 1950s. The column will chronicle David's pursuit of his dream, including anecdotes of his new life in Florence and his efforts to finance and launch his ambitious project.
Florence in January is balmy, damp and what Italians call ‘cold,' but for me, coming from Toronto it felt like early spring. With two days to find an apartment, I quickly settled into a little attic place just east of the Cupola and Santa Maria del Fiore. The greatest feature in this place is a tiny porthole window with two steps up to it; revealing a perfect view of Brunelleschi's Cupola.