The Decameron done over

The Decameron done over

Wed 10 May 2017 2:00 PM

Written by Christine Contrada


When the spring sun comes out in Florence, be a rebel. Leave the cell phone and the selfie stick at home and arm thyself instead with witty tales from an old master. Boccaccio, along with Petrarch and Dante, is a prong in the triple crown of Florentine literary giants. His Decameron is a collection of fictional tales told over ten days by ten young Florentines who left the city to escape the plague. Before social media, this was how they passed the time. Ten locations in Florence serve as the perfect backdrop for these often shocking misadventures. Click through the gallery above to start exploring.


Illustrations by Rostislav Drozd and Radek (Red) Belanec

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