Pistoia, some 40 km outside of Firenze is where the Professoressa was born. The black and white prevailing buildings are in the style of Pisa ( remember the leaning tower?). It is moorish style which please the Renaissance rational mind. It being a lesser city means that the style is less ornate. Really pleasing is rhythm and repetition. I love the archways and portico's. Pistoia was rebelling against the power that be in Firenze and it was in The grand Café of the Globe that the true freedomfighters gathered.