Meet Doc Wise. Strong, dark and virile, he turns heads and prompts comments from passersby; gazes of both women and men linger on him as he swaggers through the streets of downtown Florence. You might say he and his type are notorious for taking people for a ride: Doc is a 17-year-old trotter horse who entertains tourists of all nationalities with carriage excursions through the historic center.
His owner, Claudio, has been a licensed fiaccheraio—the Florentine term for carriage driver—since 2002. Carriage driving has always been a family affair for Claudio, whose fiaccheraio father inspired him to pick up the reins.