52. I Have Been Away from Florence Far Too Long!

Roberto Cavalli - Ponte Vecchio

Roberto Cavalli - Ponte Vecchio

52. I have been away from Florence far too long!

Late morning… appointments finished… off to the airport… my I-OETE helicopter… right to my home.

In 1980, when I bought the helicopter and got my pilot’s license, I arranged proper maintenance to reduce problems and risks!
A helicopter is not something you can take chances with. My life is almost more important to others than it is to me, so I do not take risks at the expense of those in need of my presence.
A hangar to protect it from cold and rain, a fuel pump with JET A1 aviation fuel, a fully qualified mechanic to check it carefully before and after each flight and a helipad with a big “H” on it that can be seen from the air.

I-OETE - Firenze
My house is located to the south of Florence on a hill overlooking the city – perfect for a landing. I remember the early days. I was cautious, trying not to disturb my neighbors. The helicopter is noisy, relatively unknown and scary!

The core of my house is a 15th century lookout tower built of Tuscan stone.
From it you would have had early warning of strangers or enemies approaching the city.

Roberto Cavalli - Casa Firenze
Over the centuries farmers with their households and animals cultivated olive trees and vineyards. For every child born or cow giving birth an additional room was attached, with no particular style, to the walls of the tower. For these reason Tuscan farmhouses possess a special charm, the very forms their buildings take make your thoughts surf…!

Roberto Cavalli with pets
Upon my arrival, my animals are the first to hear and cheer, the parrots scream with joy to see me. Many years ago I had a big red parrot that came down from his perch to meet me.

Mac, my Macaque monkey, begins to jump up and down in his large cage, very happy to see me. Now he will enjoy a little free run. I often take him with me through the fields. He is happy and doesn’t show me his temper as he often does with the others.

Home at last… throw myself on my bed… immediately recognize the scent and the softness of my pillow. My old cat, Pussy, comes upstairs to greet me, rubbing, purring…

I close my eyes… My fatigue is spoiled by my happiness to be home …

Un bacino… soon you too will visit Florence… with my words!

Roberto Cavalli

12 replies
  1. Frøydis Gambino
    Frøydis Gambino says:

    Buongiorno che belle foto ,mi manca Firenze davvero.Sono tanti anni che non sono stato li.Bellissimi animali che hai. Sara bello stare a casa per rilassare un . Buona giorenata ancora Tanti saluti da Frøydis

  2. Francesco
    Francesco says:

    Grande Roberto!!!!
    Visto che oggi hai fatto un post su Firenze, voglio dedicarti una piccola poesia che ho scritto per l’occasione….spero che ti piaccia!!! 🙂
    Un Abbraccio

    E’ la città, che dalli fiori ha preso il nome….
    Quella che l’arte, nel suo seno porta…..eccome!
    Diede i natali a tanti artisti e a tanti geni….
    Dei lor lavori, li musei ne sono pieni…..
    Sono sì tanti, che per lor tutti elencare…..
    diverse pagine dovemmo noi affiancare…..
    E dal quel gruppo con la sua genialità…..
    Spicca Roberto, senza se e senza mà!
    Con la sua arte e tutte le sue creazioni…..
    In noi risveglia, belle e spendide emozioni…!!
    In tutto il mondo, Alfiere sei tu di Fiorenza….
    Ovunque vai, ti accolgono con reverenza….
    Noi siamo fieri, di essere tuoi concittadini….
    E ci facciam, dello tuo nome Paladini…!
    Ti ringraziam, per quello che ci sai donare…
    E se un tu ci fossi…e ti dovrebbero inventare!! 🙂

  3. Mary Ryan
    Mary Ryan says:

    Your City, Florence is so beautiful..i have no words to describe it.
    Very nice to see ur PETS…They are amazing.
    And the parrot is incredibly beautiful with it’s colours.
    The interior designing of your house is great.
    Thanks for the pics and thanks for this article.
    And especially thanks to you because you take time to write for us.
    Thanks A Lot.

  4. Chiara
    Chiara says:

    Raccontaci la tua Firenze! Sono curiosissima!! Non ci sono mai stata ma mi sono ripromessa di passarci qualche giorno questa primavera!!! Hai consigli per visitarla al meglio? Qualche luogo magico che solo i fiorentini conoscono?

  5. Umayya Theba
    Umayya Theba says:

    Thank you for this post. It’s lovely to get a bit of insight into your life. I cannot wait for my return trip to Florence 🙂 And who knows? Maybe some day I will get to interview you for my own blog as well as the new MonteNapoleone shopping guide… 🙂 Fingers crossed!

  6. Marta Cavalli Cavichioli
    Marta Cavalli Cavichioli says:

    Querido Roberto!!! Tudo é lindo, maravilhoso… Obrigada, por compartilhar sua vida, tão cheia de glamour e esplendor, com pessoas tão simples assim como eu. Te admiro muito Roberto!!! És um ser humano maravilhoso… está estampado em seu rosto!!! Um abraço!!! Com carinho, Marta Cavalli cavichiolihttp://www.robertocavalliblog.com/wp-content/plugins/slick-social-share-buttons/css/images/tab_top_floating.png

  7. Suzanne
    Suzanne says:

    Buongiorno! Pleasure & fun reading your blogs and love waking up this AM whilst seeing these beautiful pics of Florence! Brings back good memories, such a wonderful city with beautiful, inspirational architecture, style, atmosphere. Great restaurants, delicious food, awesome shops and it’s defenitely been too long since we’ve been there. Even our eldest daughter (now 9, by the time 7) fell in love and dreamt of living in Florence, waking up with a view from her window on the Ponte Vecchio and eat ice cream all day long haha. Soon we’ll be back and for sure won’t forget to stop by your boutiques. Love life, love your fashion and the passion it’s created with! Stay as you are! Big kiss

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