la gilda

Today’s Parola del Giorno this week is the noun la gilda, which means guild.

Guilds played an important part in the economic and artistic development of Florence: just look around the city and see all the wonderful works of art and sculpture that can be found on every corner. One of my favorite churches that demonstrates the power and patronage of the guilds is the church Orsanmichele.

Have you ever seen it?

(Apologies for today’s post not going out this morning; I put in the wrong year…still not used to writing 2019 yet)

Un po’ in tutta Europa, nel medioevo nacquero delle associazioni di lavoratori che avevano lo scopo di difendere i lavoratori stessi: in italiano, queste associazioni si chiamano gilde. Una gilda molto importante a Firenze era quella dell’Arte della lana. Forse non tutti sanno che le gilde fiorentine finanziarono molte opere d’arte che oggi abbelliscono la città.

All over Europe during the Middle Ages, associations of workers sprung up with the purpose of defending their workers: in Italian, these associations were called guilds. A very important guild in Florence was the wool guild. Perhaps not everyone is aware that the Florentine guilds financed many works of art that beautify the city today.

Did you know that the wool guild — l’Arte della lana — is considered one of the Arti Maggiorni or greater trades?

2019 Calendar: Luoghi d’Italia

I received almost two dozen emails over the last few weeks asking if PdG would be publishing another calendar this year. I initially did not have the time to put one together, but a friend of mine helped me choose some photographs from my Flickr and urged me to put one out. If you are interested in supporting PdG, you can purchase a calendar directly from by visiting this link.

(Unfortunately, I cannot send calendars directly to people because of the tax implications of doing so. It creates a lot of extra paperwork that I have to file, and it is time consuming and difficult to process. It also means that I have to file sales tax receipts with the state I live in; purchases from Lulu do not require me to do that so it is easier time-wise and money-wise).