Florence, view of the Arno river and the Apennine mountains. Loy would have seen this view when walking from the Ponte Vecchio to her temporary 1914 residence at #27 Via dei Bardi (the famous bridge at her back). This street runs parallel to the river and just above its walls. Loy moved temporarily to a small apartment, near Giovanni Papini’s residence on Via dei Bardi, in the fall of 1914, having left her children in the care of the nursemaid in the mountain town of Saltino when the war started. She would stay here until the spring of 1915, when she returned to the Costa San Giorgio, taking up residence next door to her house, which had been rented.