The district of Florence known as “Le Cure” is located to the north of the historical centre and was designed by Giuseppe Poggi, one of the architects who exerted the greatest influence on the look of modern Florence, and who had a particularly strong input into the area at the foot of the hillsides of Fiesole.
The name of the district comes from the popular tradition whereby the women of the area would wash their laundry in the nearby River Mugnone, a tributary of the Arno. The ancient art of the bleacher (curandaio in Italian), who would gradually bleach linen fabrics through repeated washings until they lost their colour and turned white, ended up giving this area – today, one of Florence’s most liveable and sought-after – its moniker.
The “Le Cure” district is strategically located between the hillsides of Fiesole and the historical centre of the city, meaning that it is awash with landscaped areas – one of the largest of which is the Pettini Burresi area – but also that it is very well-served with amenities, playing host as it does to the permanent “Cure” market, which is one of the most well-known and most popular markets in Florence, and which will be subject to a major urban regeneration project (recently given its definitive approval by the city council).
The area, known as Camerata in the olden days, appears in the 1906-07 guide entitled I dintorni di Firenze (The Outskirts of Florence).