It is a very ordinary street in Florence, via Sant'Agostino. Some may say it's dirty, or even unpleasant. Graffiti is scrawled on nearly every wall, outdated posters look like they've been scratched at, and the stones on the street could use some repair. Cars and bikes roar past on their way from via Romana to via de' Serragli as if they can't get through fast enough. And people on the sidewalks briskly walk toward Piazza Santo Spirito or some other, more pause-worthy place of excitement.