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The art of the hermit

Holed up in her sixth-floor London flat, Laura Freeman finds solace in the art of the hermit

4 April 2020

9:00 AM

4 April 2020

9:00 AM

Late in the afternoon on Valentine’s Day, I walked through an almost empty Uffizi. Coronavirus was then a Wuhan phenomenon. Our temperatures had been taken at the airport, but there were no restrictions on travel and those wearing masks looked eccentric. I congratulated myself on finding Florence so quiet. Off-season, I thought smugly.

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