Andrew Barrow
Andrew Barrow Photography

Wine Doors of Florence


The Wine Doors of Florence


A haunting collection of atmospheric images that brings distant remnants of life in Florence to the present day. The collection demonstrates the nostalgia of distant memories and the evolution of contemporary Florence; a view away from the mainstream, away from the touristic view of the city, that the artist, Andrew Barrow MA ARPS, gained while wandering the streets and back alleys of one of Italy’s most interesting and picturesque cities.

The result is a view of the undiscovered, of the ignored and the vanished amongst the temptations of a modern, historical, tourist dominated, city centre. The Wine Doors are serving hatches that allowed producers to sell wine to the inhabitants of Florence direct from their cellars. They date from the Medici period and were in use right up to the early years of the last century. There are 167 documented remnants of these doors inside the city walls, where the passage of time has re-purposed them as restaurant menu shelves, as door intercoms or letter boxes, as an evolving canvas for creative graffiti or simply ignored in the face of air-conditioner ducts and gas meter cupboards.

Several images will be on show for the first time.

Florence Exhibition November/December 2019

Very excited to be taking a selection of Wine Door photographs to Florence for an exhibition in November. The exhibition is being organised by the local Wine Doors Association in the Pergola Theatre restaurant A selection of 15 mages, alongside a further set from researcher Robbin Gheesling, will be on display from November 9th through to January 2020.

Wine doors folio box

There are a few folio boxes still available. These bespoke, limited edition boxes, contain a set of fourteen A4 prints alongside a location map. Only 24 were made. Cost is £150 each plus postage. Please contact direct to order.

individual prints

The gallery below showcases a selection of the Wine Doors of Florence images. These are available for purchase, to your own size requirements, via PICFAIR.


Wine Doors of Florence promotional video.